Fall has arrived in North Lake Tahoe and it might just be the best season of the year. October brings a perfect blend of sunny days, cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. With so much to experience, you’ll want to squeeze in at least two activities a day. One of our favorite fall dual activity days combines bike riding and beer tasting. Read on for some of our favorite pairings.
Alibi Ale Works & the Flume Trail
If you haven’t ridden the Flume Trail before, you are in for a spectacular ride. And, if it is already one of your favorite rides, you know why we recommend this trail for a North Tahoe fall afternoon. With truly breathtaking views, this single-track trail snakes its way along steep granite cliffs. Whether you take the shuttle to the top and cruise down the trail or earn your turns by riding both up and down, you’ll be rewarded with a well-maintained trail and sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. At the end of the ride, head over to one of Alibi Ale Works’ two Incline Village locations. Try a Kolsch, Pale Ale, IPA or Porter, which they always have on tap, or one of their limited-edition beers or special barrel aged selections.
Truckee Breweries & the Sawtooth Trail
If you’re looking to spend a fun fall day in Truckee, combine a ride on the Sawtooth Trail with a visit to one of the local breweries. The Sawtooth Trail is about a 9-mile-long single-track loop. It’s a mixed-use trail and is rated beginner/intermediate for mountain biking. You can access it from the Sierra Meadows neighborhood in Truckee and enjoy views of the Truckee River Canyon along the way. Next up, you’ve got some important choices to make…which Truckee brewery do you choose? Will you pick FiftyFifty Brewing Company on Brockway Road or stop at one of Truckee Brewing Company’s two tasting rooms or hit up Alibi Ale Works again at their historic downtown Truckee location? Regardless of what you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a tasty fall day. Cheers!
Tahoe National Brewing Co. & the Truckee River Bike Path
For those that are looking for a more leisurely bike ride, we recommend pairing the Tahoe National Brewing Co. with a ride along the Truckee River Bike Path. Start in the Village at Palisades Tahoe and get ready for a gentle cruise on a paved path hugging the Truckee River along the way. This ride will be a relaxing, leaf peeping cruise, so bring along your friends regardless of their biking ability. Once you get to Tahoe City, it’s time for a beer. Why not choose the EZ-PZ IPA after your relaxed bike cruise?
For more inspiration for those of you who prefer paddleboarding, kayaking or hiking instead of riding a bike, check out the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail. This map and video series is full of great ideas for a North Lake Tahoe sport and beer day.