So, if you’re wondering things to do in Lake Tahoe, it’s probably between seasons. You know, not quite ski season, but not quite beaching and boating season. If that’s the case for you, you still have a ton of great activities, excursions, and adventures to consider. Within the Lake Tahoe Basin, there are a lot of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Not to mention, the indoor options too.
Things to do in Lake Tahoe: Hot Springs
Another consideration you might have would be some of the activities that are available just outside of the basin. Like soaking in an east slope hot springs. You see, dotting the eastern side of the Sierra runs a line of hot springs that are fed by underground aquifers that are heated by the earth’s core. Ones that are near Lake Tahoe include:
- Grover Hot Springs, in Markleeville, CA
- Wally’s Hot Springs, in Genoa, NV
- Carson Hot Springs, in Carson City, NV
- Steamboat Hot Springs, in Reno, NV
- Sierra Hot Springs, in Sierraville, CA (clothing optional)
Things to do in Lake Tahoe: Hiking
We would be totally remiss if we did not include hiking in our things to do in Lake Tahoe list. Consider jumping on a trail and going for a hike. There are many great trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Some will take you to remote stretches of beach along the shores of Tahoe, others can take you to remote lakes within the basin. And the Tahoe Rim Trail will take you along ridgelines to give you spectacular views of the lake.
Not ready to take on a tough hike? Try hiking to Upper Angora Lake. It’s an easy hike of about a mile, past Lower Angora, and then up to the very scenic Upper Angora. This is a small lake pressed up against the side of granite walls that rise up for thousands of feet. If you get there early, you can enjoy the reflection of the rock wall off the water of the lake while the lake is glassy calm. If you’re ambitious, climb Angora Peak, just north of the lake for an incredible view of Fallen Leaf Lake in the foreground and Lake Tahoe in the background. On the hike from Angora Lake up to Angora Peak, I have never found a ‘trail’. It’s mostly a ‘turn and burn’ and aim yourself up the peak. This is pretty fun, but it is exhausting if you’re not in great shape. So be careful to not hurt yourself and be aware of your impact on the environment.
Another fantastic but easy hike is along the shore of Echo Lakes. Echo Lakes is one of the entry points to Desolation Wilderness, so you will need a day hike permit from the Forest Service. But it is worth the trip. Echo Lakes are dotted with small islands, some of which have cabins on them. It’s quite scenic. The mountains around the lakes are mostly granite rock and it is beautiful. If you’re ambitious, keep going up the mountain to Aloha Lake. Another treasure in the Desolation Wilderness.
So, for now, that wraps up our suggestions on things to do in Lake Tahoe, but we will be adding to this later – because we know of so many cool things to do here in our backyard.