An ideal escape from everyday life and stress, South Lake Tahoe is an outdoor mecca for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Offering everything from first-class mountain biking trails to panoramic hikes to water sports, South Lake is open for adventure year-round. Regardless of the season, you will find an endless supply of activities set in one of the most breathtaking areas in the United States. Visitor beware: You may be tempted to never leave.
Surrounded by land protected by the U.S. Forest Service, South Lake Tahoe is an excellent area for hikers. Whether you are looking to push your physical limits by climbing one of South Lake's panoramic peaks or want to spend a few days backcountry traversing the 165 miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail, rest assured there is a trip that will suit your needs.
Beginner and experienced mountain bikers alike can enjoy South Lake Tahoe's trails. From scenic and mellow rides to rugged single track, the possibilities are abundant. Many ski resorts have bike parks during the summer months that offer downhill riding. Mountain bike rentals and guided tours are available through many bike shops in the South Lake Tahoe area.
Most visitors come to South Lake Tahoe to experience one of California's top-notch skiing and snowboarding facilities. Heavenly Resort is open November through April and features 94 trails. If downhill skiing or boarding is not quite your speed, you could snowshoe or ski cross-country through the winter wonderland or jump aboard a snowmobile for a guided tour.
Enjoying the crystal-blue waters is essential with any visit to South Lake Tahoe. If you want to get out past the beach, consider renting kayaks or taking a guided tour. On one of Tahoe City Kayak's regular evening tours, you can paddle out under the moonlight. If you have your own boat and are ready to get out on your own, plan your trip by picking up a detailed Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map (see Resources).
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.