South Lake Tahoe Correspondence – October 2019


It’s the fall shoulder season at Lake Tahoe and the temperatures are cooler, days are shorter, but the time to visit couldn’t be better.  Some consider fall to be the best time of year to make a trip to the lake.  The crowds are greatly diminished, and spots around the lake that are usually packed during the height of the summer months turn to peaceful and calming areas of enjoyment.

Autumn is a fine time for hiking the many trails on the South Shore and taking in the brilliant fall colors that peak in October.  The trees are in transition, and so are other things in nature, such as the Kokanee salmon which spawn over at Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe just a stone’s throw from Emerald Bay.  That whole area is wonderful place to spend a weekend in nature at Tahoe.

Another favorite hiking spot of mine on the South Shore during a fine fall day is Rabe Meadow in between Zephyr Cove and Stateline.  Pick up the trailhead off Kahle Drive and Highway 50 right next to the Lakeside Inn and Casino and stroll down a nice flat trail to Nevada Beach, all along the way taking in the incredible scenery.

Kokanee salmon spawning in Taylor Creek

I am also glad to welcome back a favorite watering hole of mine in Zephyr Cove. The Blue Lake Tavern, formerly Sam’s Place, at 611 Hwy. 50.  Same old beautiful cherry wood bar and cozy atmosphere that make this an awesome place to get a pizza and beer after a day on the trail, especially if it’s a bit chilly outside. You can check out their extensive menu of lots of other delicious edibles HERE.

— Brendan Packer


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