I've been going to Lake Tahoe since I was a baby. Even now, we've sold my childhood home, but we still have our cabin in Lake Tahoe. It's a place I thought I new fairly well. But whenever people visit from out of town they see a different Tahoe than me and through them I am introduced to parts of Tahoe I never knew existed. This summer we have had lots of different people coming and going from Lake Tahoe and they have each discovered different things that I can't believe I spent a lifetime without. Here are few of my new favorite Tahoe adventures:
Sunset Kayak Tour
I love getting out on the water whenever I visit Tahoe and I had gone paddle boarding at sunset before, but the sunset kayak tour was something else. While I generally prefer the paddle board to the kayak, it can be much easier to navigate the windy evenings on Lake Tahoe if you are in a kayak. I definitely recommend the sunset kayak tour for an intimate view of Lake Tahoe and, if you are lucky and it's a cloudy day, a spectacular light show over the lake.
North Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park
How I've lived 23 years, been involved in every leadership program ever, and never done a high ropes course, I don't know. But I've now done the one in Lake Tahoe three times this summer. It's safe to say I am obsessed with the North Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park. I love heights, I'm an adrenaline junkie, and I have an intense love of nature. Mix all three together and it is practically my heaven.
Before this summer I had been on a few rock walls, but I had never done outdoor rock climbing. Well if it wasn't so expensive I would do it every day. I had the opportunity to go rock climbing in Lake Tahoe this summer and it was one of the most fun things I have ever done. In fact, as soon as I got off the mountain I started researching rock climbing gyms in Edinburgh. I want this to be my new hobby.
Five Lakes Hike
Apparently I did this hike as a kid, but I remember nothing about that. Last week my friend and I decided to give this popular hike a try and it was a ton of fun. It was a good hike without being too much work and the views along the way were stunning. We found the first three lakes without any trouble and loved the winding nature of the trail as we wandered from lake to lake. Unfortunately the trail to lakes three and four were not as well marked.
Still, we found them eventually! And they were by far the most beautiful. Lake four in particular stole my heart. If you are looking for a fairly easy hike that will still leave you feeling like you got a good workout, definitely consider the Five Lakes hike. The scenery alone is worth it.
I've been going to Sand Harbor for years. I cannot believe I never knew about Hidden Beach. Appropriately named, Hidden Beach is tucked around the corner from Sand Harbor and it is not well marked, but that makes it all the more satisfying when you find it. Plus, it's practically empty most the time. And stunningly gorgeous at all hours of the day.
Basically this summer reminded me that no matter how often you've been to a place, there's plenty of adventure left to be had. For me, it was Lake Tahoe. But wherever you are I hope you too will take some time to explore and discover what you've been missing in your own backyard!