By: Wes Winter
You’ve probably noticed over the last week or so the morning air is getting a little crisp and the evening sun is setting earlier and earlier. Summer has finally given way to the early fall weather. Don’t worry! The mid day weather is still awesome and there is still time to enjoy the sunshine, get outdoors and apply that fitness!
Here are my two favorite spots that overlook Lake Tahoe in different directions, one looking West and one looking East. Each offer a spectacular unique view of the lake that’s hard to beat!
- Flume Trail cliffs overlooking Sand Harbor
The Flume Trail is a 14 mile hiking/ mountain biking trail on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. It runs from Spooner Lake, past Marlette Lake and ends at Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village. The view I am referring to is about 7 miles or half way on the trail. You reach a point where you are on a cliff overlooking the entire lake and down onto Sand Harbor. The people on the crowded popular beach look like ants and the clear emerald water along the shoreline from that height looks incredible. Here are a few pictures of the view looking west out onto the lake.
(Photo Credit: TrailRunner.com)
(Photo Credit: MTB Project)
- Mt. Tallac
The highest peak in the Tahoe Rim, Mt. Tallac overlooks Lake Tahoe from the south west shore sitting high above Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and South Lake Tahoe. At over 10 miles round trip and 3,000 feet of elevation climb, this hike is not for the faint of heart. Make sure you are prepared with plenty of water, snacks, jacket, good shoes and I promise you the end view is worth it! The peak sits facing the east making for an awesome sunrise view over the lake that is hard to beat. So put that fitness to the test and give it a shot! Here are a few pictures of my hike a few weeks ago:
We live in such a beautiful place. Take advantage of that fitness you all work so hard on everyday and get outside!