Fall is here! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and that beautifully golden autumn light is cutting through the trees, making the landscape even more dramatic. The views are amazing and the sunsets have been breathtaking. This is the time of year when hiking in Tahoe is in its peak season as the days are still sunny and warm and the area finds itself in a quiet introspection before winter-time.
To help you enjoy this exceptionally beautiful season, we’ve posted three of our favorite hikes within a short drive from Cedar Glen Lodge. The perfect fall day for our guests begins with a complimentary continental breakfast and ends at the nightly campfire with free s’mores, recounting the day’s adventures. As an added bonus to staying with us, if you book two nights now through November 24th, you’ll receive 15% off your entire stay!
So remember to dress in layers, grab a hat, sunscreen, snacks, plenty of water and don’t forget your camera!
For the beginner hiker, Stateline Lookout:
This moderate 0.5 mile each way hike takes you to the old fire lookout on the North Shore. There are several side trails to explore, historical plaques, benches to take in the view, and spectacular views! From Highway 28 in Crystal Bay (California/Nevada border), Turn on Reservoir Dr., just east of the Tahoe Biltmore Casino parking lot. Turn right on Lakeshore Ave. Park adjacent to the forest service gate (do not block gate).
For the intermediate hiker, Brockway Summit to Martis Peak:
This moderate hike takes you through the woods and out to vistas with spectacular panoramic views. Take Hwy 267 from Kings Beach 2.7 miles, look for the TRT sign. Park across road from the forest road 16N56. Follow the dirt road up the hill 100 yards to the trailhead sign. 0.4 miles in you will begin to see dramatic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks. At 4.3 miles you will reach a dirt road. If you go left on the dirt road for .2 miles you will reach Martis Peak Rd. (paved) Walk .7 miles up the paved road to Martis Peak lookout. Or, continue along the TRT by following the dirt road right .25 miles. The trail will continue 300 yards off the road to the left, (north). For a longer hike, continue along the Tahoe Rim Trail 7.6 miles from the trailhead to the Mt Rose Wilderness Boundary and Mt Baldy. Mud and Gray lakes can be accessed by taking the 0.5 side trail.
For the advanced hiker, Mt. Tallac:
With amazing views of Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake, this arduous hike is definitely worth the effort! The beginning of the trail to Floating Island and Cathedral Lake is moderate and can be enjoyed by hikers of all levels. The trail becomes steep and strenuous past Cathedral Lake as it continues up the front face of Mt. Tallac. The trailhead is located approximately 8 miles south of Emerald Bay on Highway 89. Look for the Mt. Tallac Trailhead sign directly across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach. Turn right drive to the trailhead parking. (A wilderness permit is required.)
Now that you have some ideas of where to hike this fall, let Cedar Glen Lodge pamper you so you can get out there and enjoy some of that fresh mountain air!
We’ll see you at the lake!