Now: The Best Time in TahoeChris Fajkos, May 6, 2019 in Activities and Recreation, Summer in Tahoe, Tahoe Favorites, Tahoe-Truckee
When you think about Tahoe, what do you see? It seems like most people either think of the winter time and skiing or summertime with long warm days on the lake. However, spring is an amazing time in Tahoe; the crowds a lighter, the sun is out longer, and outdoor events begin popping up all over the area. Here’s a few ideas to maximize your enjoyment when staying in Tahoe:
Lakes & Reservoirs
A great alternative to the main lake are the local reservoirs; Boca, Prosser, and Stampede. A quick 30 minute drive west or north of Truckee can get you access to some beautiful, pristine alpine lakes such as Independence, Weber, Fordyce, and Spaulding. Camping grounds, great fishing, calm waters and tree lined beaches.
Hiking and Biking
Tahoe consists of 850K acres of public land. This makes for a seemingly endless supply of hiking and biking trials. With trails for all ages and experience levels, there’s no excuse to get out there and get some fresh Tahoe air. New this Summer is Big Chief Trail, located off the Southwest tip of Sawtooth trail in Truckee.
The Truckee-Tahoe area is home to some of the most epic golf courses in country. From high end courses like to Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing, to more low key public courses like Ponderosa and Tahoe Donner, there’s a course for every budget and skill level. As an average golfer (at best), I consider any day on the course a great day. See below for a handful of May opening days.
Most think Summer events don’t kick off until June, but there are some really fun Spring events that are worth the trip.The Art of Mixology at the Ritz begins every Sunday as of April 28th Truckee Historic Walking Tours begin May 3rd
Treeline, a film by Patagonia showing at Alibi Ale Works on May 9th
An Evening of Improv at Art Truckee on May 11th
Truckee Tuesday Farmers Market kicks off May 14th
6th Annual Inspired Adventure Spring Festival on May 18th
Tahoe Mountain Sports Parking Lot Sale on May 25th
7th annual Little Big Mountain Bike Festival on May 25-26th
Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw on May 25-26th
Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival kicks off May 31st
Golf Course Opening Days – Book your tee times now!
Old Brockway – Open!
Ponderosa – Open!
Old Greenwood – May 17th
Gray’s Crossing – May 24th
Tahoe Donner – May 24th
Coyote Moon – May 24th
Northstar – May 24th