It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Tahoe – the days are getting shorter, the crowds have thinned, and there is a hint of crispness in the air. Although shoulder season in Tahoe is often overlooked, we are excited to settle back into the other season perfect for hiking, biking, and cruising the lake. With warm days and crisp nights, fall in Tahoe is the perfect time to explore. From outdoor adventures for all ages, to picturesque evenings and outstanding cuisine, now is the perfect time to experience Tahoe’s secret season.

Sunny Days

Now that the smoke has cleared, we continue to be eternally grateful for the efforts of firefighters and first responder crews who have contained blazes and kept our beloved Tahoe safe. The sun has returned and we are more grateful than ever for the sight of blue skies over sparkling blue waters. September temperatures in Tahoe generally range from the high 60’s – high 70’s, and it’s rare to have clouds or rain this time of year. This makes it one of the best months to visit if you love outdoor activities!

Cool Nights

The crisp evening air is the perfect complement to warm days under the sun. As our nights cool down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a soak in the hot tub again! Relax and unwind under the cool night stars with your favorite apres beverage at one of our many homes offering a hot tub – check out the full list here. You might even see some shooting stars light up the sky if you’re lucky!

Fewer Crowds

Now that summer vacation is over, visitors are dwindling and Tahoe is feeling quiet again for the first time in a long time. If you’re more into the serenity of nature than navigating crowds on the beach, this is the perfect time of year for you! The hiking paths are less crowded, the beaches are empty, and there aren’t long waits at local restaurants. See below for some great hikes in Tahoe that have beautiful fall foliage. Please note that all National Forests in Tahoe are temporarily closed through September 17th, so make sure you aren’t making plans to head into any closed areas before hitting the trails.

Hint of Color

As the weather cools, the leaves are starting to change on the trees. You can find the warm yellows and oranges of the Aspen trees scattered along the shores of the lake, or along parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail. The National Forests are temporarily closed through September 17th, but once they re-open you can check out trails in Mt. Rose Meadows or head up to Marlette Lake to see if any leaves are changing yet.

Calm Waters

With fewer boats in the water and less wind whipping across the lake, September is also a great time to get out on the water. Early mornings are often calm and shrouded in mist, perfect for a quiet paddle or kayak trip. Did you know? Some of our lakefront rentals come equipped with paddleboards, kayaks, or canoes! If you’re in need of a rental, there are plenty of local businesses ready to help you out. Check out Willard’s Sport Shop in Tahoe City or West Shore Sports for all your rental needs. Looking for a longer excursion? You can paddle sections of the Tahoe Water Trail, a 72-mile water route that circumnavigates the entire lake!