Lake Tahoe's Secret Season: Fall

Fall colors in Truckee

Fall in Lake Tahoe is a local’s best-kept secret! The crowds begin to lighten on the trails and beaches, but they are perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. As fall’s colors begin to show, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place for a fun and relaxing getaway. We’ve listed our favorite hikes to enjoy this season, plus events that are not to be missed. Be sure to stop by one of Truckee’s beer gardens after your outdoor adventure!

Favorite Fall Hikes

Whether you’ve got an afternoon for a family hike or a full day for a big climb, you’ll find a trail in Lake Tahoe. Pack a picnic and enjoy the cooler fall temps. Here are our top 3 hikes to take in autumn colors!

Sagehen Creek Trail 

Distance: 4.5-mile loop 

Difficulty: Easy 

Just a few miles north on Highway 89, this popular trail is great for all levels and will boast vivid fall colors. Follow Sagehen Creek all the way to Stampede Reservoir and end with a jump in the lake! Great for kids, dogs, and picnics.

Mt. Rose Wilderness & Tahoe Meadows

Distance: 10 miles round trip to Mt. Rose summit

Difficulty: Easy/Hard

Mt. Rose is one of the highest peaks on the North Shore and offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Explore Tahoe Meadows for a more mellow hike.

Marlette Lake  & Spooner Lake

Distance: 2-mile loop around Spooner Lake/10 miles round trip to Marlette Lake

Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate

Take a scenic drive down the East Shore of Tahoe to access the trailhead. Great fall hikes to see the changing leaves of the aspens that grow in the area.

Visit our Hiking recommendations for more great hikes to enjoy this fall!

Truckee Breweries & Outdoor Beer Gardens

Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House

This downtown brewery offers a huge taproom plus a beer garden to enjoy the warm fall afternoons. Enjoy 20 beers on tap, plus cider, wine, and kombucha. Check their website for regular events such as Trivia and live music.

Truckee Brewing Company

This is a local gem tucked away in the Pioneer Center. An extensive beer list is offered in an open-concept space showcasing their brewery equipment and occasional live music!

The Good Wolf Brewing Company

A small batch craft brewery featuring brews with ingredients foraged from the forest. The cozy taproom feels like stepping into a lush forest or sitting outside in the beer garden.  



Saturday, September 30

12 pm - 6 pm 

At the Village at Palisades Tahoe, this annual event transforms the area into a lively Bavarian playground. Enjoy German beer, music, Oktoberfest Games, and family fun. The entertainment includes live bands and dance troupes. Savor traditional treats like Brats, Pretzels, and apple strudel. Don't miss this cultural celebration!

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Made in Tahoe Festival

Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8

11 am-5 pm

Made in Tahoe celebrates all things LOCAL. The Village at Palisades Tahoe will host a wide array of offerings that are made in or inspired by the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas: local artisans, businesses, chefs, organizations, and entertainers. Enjoy a variety of local food & beer. Admission is free.

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Wine Walk & Shop

Saturday, October 7

12 pm-4 pm

Sip wine and sample local food tastings while enjoying shopping in historic downtown Truckee. Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues, five food tickets, and a map of all participating venues.

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