T3 ADVENTURES – Our in house adventure company (formerly known as Tahoe Trips & Trails), offers guided single and multi-day excursions year round in Lake Tahoe and beyond. T3 utilizes the best in local knowledge, offering guests an authentic outdoor adventure. Specializing in summer trekking adventure clinics, T3’s website is currently under construction, but summer workshops will be available soon. In winter, come with us on a snowshoe hike – climbing a snowy peak to catch that one of a kind view of Tahoe’s majestic winter paradise. In partner with Tahoe National Forest, T3 Adventure is permitted to create custom programing specific for both the individual or group. Meanwhile, feel free to call the Cedar House at 530.582.5655 for more information..
CREATE YOUR TAHOE | Cedar House’s Signature Adventure Concierge Program
You want an adventure, but adventure on your own terms. Irresistible trails, fresh mountain air, pure water and unbridled exploration! Get creative – plan your own private Tahoe adventure and let us take care of the details. Our expert staff is here to custom build your perfect Tahoe get-away. We have walked the trails, dived into the lake and dined at all the local eateries – we can show you how to experience Tahoe like a local – but more importantly, it will be Tahoe Your Way.
CHOOSE TWO ACTIVITIES FROM THE FOLLOWING: Kayaking | Hiking | Mountain Biking | Paddle Boarding
CHOOSE ONE ACTVITY FROM THE FOLLOWING: Backpacking | Horseback Riding | Whitewater Rafting | Tree Top Adventure Center
WHATS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Wake up to a delicious breakfast here at the Cedar House featuring rich coffee, home baked breads, fresh organic fruits, yogurt, eggs, roasted vegetables and more. Pick up your maps and pack lunch. We will show how to get to one of our favorite mountain hikes or the location of a hidden cove to swim.
Want a guided trip? We can provide that thru our in house adventure company T3 – or we can sign you up with one of our trusted vendors for paddle boarding, kayaking, flume trail mountain biking or horseback riding.
Not so outdoorsy? Check out the cooking programs we offer through Stella Culinary. Or perhaps an art workshop offered by our many talented crafts people that live here locally.
Head back to the hotel after your fun filled day and refresh before your evening exploring historic downtown Truckee for dinner and nightlife. Enjoy a revitalizing night’s sleep at the Cedar House Sport Hotel to restore for tomorrow’s Tahoe fun.
You choose the style: moderate, strenuous, roughing-it or lounging. It’s your adventure on your terms. Not sure what you want to do? Check out “Our Perfect Tahoe” below– let those itinerary samples be inspiration for a fantastic getaway or gathering. Then pick up the phone and call us up – We look forward to Creating your Perfect Tahoe – agents are waiting! (530.582.5655)
“My Perfect Tahoe” is an idea that no two people are alike, and that no two adventures are alike. Spawned from our daily lives, we at the Cedar House have compiled our own uniquely personal itineraries of what we see as a Perfect Day in Tahoe. These itineraries include everything from the best early morning coffee spot, to the most secluded trails in the Sierras, to the calmest waters for paddleboard yoga. Several itineraries even include dog friendly adventures, since we all have dogs! We’ve put in the time and effort to discover the hidden gems of Tahoe, and are excited to share them with you!
TRUCKEE RIVER LEGACY TRAIL | easy, paved trail runs for 3 miles
The Legacy Trail is an excellent paved trail that starts in the beautiful Truckee River Regional Park. The trail runs along the river all the way out to Glenshire, making a round-trip of about 10-12 miles. The trail is a great way to get some exercise for you and your dog! Along this trail there are numerous spots to stop with the dog and play in the river. (just past the foot bridge over the river, there is a “single track” that goes right down to the river’s edge) From the Cedar House Sport Hotel, cross the street onto the paved sidewalk, turn left lot and just a few blocks down on the right-hand side you will see the entrance for the Truckee River Regional Park (across from the 7-11) walk to the end of the parking lot down the paved road – the trail starts by the gravel parking lot.
MARTIS CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE | easy trail, 5 mile loop
Located in the Martis Valley at the base of Northstar Ski Resort, the wildlife refuge offers beautiful hiking trails during almost any season. A quick 5-minute drive the Cedar House puts you right at the start of the meadow, which is on the right side of the highway. Longest loop is about 5 miles. Surrounded by big open, lush meadows, wildflowers, and a peaceful calming creek.
WADDELL RANCH TO DRY LAKE | easy trail with one moderate climb. Roughly 4-5 miles there and back
Starts on the dam by Martis Creek Reservoir. Turn right out of the driveway, go straight through the roundabout, straight through the light and turn left onto Joerger Drive. Turn right onto Martis Creek Rd. and park. Follow Martis Creek Rd. uphill towards the dam – at the end of the dam the shady trail leads into the trees to the right and leads up to Dry Lake- follow the signs to the Lake (which might be dry in late summer—hence the name of the small lake).
SHIRLEY CANYON | Hard trail with significant elevation gain. Roughly 3-5 miles
Shirley Canyon is a lovely trail that includes a wonderful variety of environments. First you enjoy an easy hike with some interesting wet seeps in the forest floor, then you follow a creek that is cascading down the canyon, eventually moving back into the deep woods, and finally emerging onto some extensive granite rock scrambling – welcome to Shirley Lake. There are some steep pitches to negotiate. Hiking boots and a lots of water are strongly recommended. This trail starts in Squaw Valley at the end of Squaw Peak Rd. The entrance to Squaw Valley is 8 mi. south of Truckee on Hwy 89. The trail can be a bit confusing, but you can’t go too wrong. Keep the large creek on your right on the way up the canyon. Look for blue paint marks on rocks to help you stay on the trail. Keep heading up and up and up, until you get to Shirley Lake, which is at the bottom of a ski lift. This portion of the trail is about 2.5 miles in length. If you choose to continue up to High Camp from Shirley Lake, it will add approximately 1.5 miles to your journey.
FIVE LAKES ALPINE MEADOWS | Moderate Trail with moderate elevation gain. Roughly 4 miles
Although the trail has a moderately steep grade, it’s mercifully short, which makes it incredibly popular with hikers during the high season. This is a perfect off-season hike. The first 1/2 mile is the steepest grade, and the next 3/4 of a mile continues uphill more gradually to the top of a ridge. Switchbacks make it easier, but there is almost no shade along the route, as you climb 1000 feet. At 1.8 miles, you reach the Granite Chief Wilderness boundary and enter a land of red fir, white fir, and rocks. A signed junction, a 1/4 mile farther, points you to the left toward the lakes with the trail heading directly downhill to the largest of them. From there you can follow numerous side trails to the four other lakes, all east of the big one. Most people don’t go any farther than the first big lake where the swimming is excellent. The five lakes are set at 7400 feet; remember to bring sunscreen! The sun is strong at that high of an elevation. If you are seeking a challenge and want to be out hiking all day Five Lakes offers the great option of continuing onto the Pacific Crest Trail towards Squaw.
MOUNT JUDAH LOOP | Easy to Moderate Hike with moderate elevation gain. Roughly 5 miles
The Mt. Judah loop trail is accessed off the Pacific Crest Trail south of old Hwy. 40. Take Donner Pass Rd all the way to Donner Lake, Donner Pass Rd will go along the lake to the end of the lake and will then turn into Hwy. 40, which will go uphill. At the top of the summit, you will pass the Sugar Bowl Academy, turn left after the Sugar Bowl Academy onto the gravel parking lot. From there a paved road goes downhill—follow the road to the parking lot for the PCT. The PCT south starts by climbing steeply up a granite headwall then flattens and follows the contours of the mountain, climbing moderately. Approximately one-mile from Donner Pass, turn left onto the Judah loop trail. The trail gently climbs to an existing jeep road near Coldstream Pass (between Mt. Judah and Donner Peak). Turn left onto this scenic jeep road and follow the trail which loops back onto the PCT. The Cedar House and Tahoe Trips and Trails would be happy to set up a guided hike as well.
BROCKWAY SUMMIT TO SPUR VIEW TRAIL | Easy hike with minimal elevation gain. Roughly 2 miles
This segment of the TRT is prized for its spectacular windswept vistas of Lake Tahoe, the Sierras and the Carson Range. Turn right on Brockway road, turn right on 267,Follow 267 over the Brockway Summit, after the top of the Summit– Elevation sign— there is a sharp turn—right after the turn you will see a small parking lot on the right. Across from parking lot– there is a forestry road on the right, and the trailhead on the left. The trail climbs away from Brockway Summit for several miles and into Tahoe National Forest’s thick and fragrant stands of pine, fir, and tobacco brush. You WILL HAVE LAKE VIEWS RIGHT FROM THE START OF YOUR HIKE. After approx. 1 mile, the trail splits and Spur View trail will go off to the left. This trail will take you to a beautiful overlook. With a little imagination, the rock formation at the top looks like three Indian heads– one looking straight at the lake and the other two to the right and the left. Some say they are guarding Lake Tahoe. The rocks are a great spot to sit down, have a snack, and enjoy the beautiful view.
RUBICON TRAIL ALONG LAKE TAHOE | Easy trail with little elevation gain. Roughly 4 miles
The Rubicon Trail can be accessed either from D.L. Bliss State Park or from the Emerald Bay parking lot. The Rubicon Trail is the only trail around Lake Tahoe that actually goes along the shore of the lake. The views are spectacular from this trail. The Trail is 6 1/2 miles long. From D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay it is 4 1/2 miles. Because of its location, the trail is probably the most popular hiking trail around Tahoe. Therefore, avoid hiking it on weekends if you can. It is an excellent hike in the late spring/early summer season. Due to its elevation (near lake level), it is one of the area’s first hikes to melt out from the winter snow. During the hotter summer months, you can stop at several spots along the trail and take a refreshing swim in the lake. D.L. Bliss State Park offers a beautiful beach for after hiking relaxation. This is the only trail featured that does NOT allow DOGS!!
TRUCKEE RIVER LEGACY TRAIL | Easy PAVED trail with little elevation gain.
This trail begins across the street from the Cedar House Front Driveway, and winds down along Brockway Road until you reach the entrance of the Regional Park. Enter into the park through the parking lot and stay to the left. You will see a green metal gate which will lead you down to the lower level of the park. This is where the Legacy Trail picks up along the river and runs for 3 miles.
SQUAW VALLEY TO TAHOE CITY | Moderate PAVED trail with little elevation gain.
This trail begins across the street from the entrance to Squaw Valley about 20min from the Cedar House. The trail is paved and runs along the truckee river all the way to Tahoe City. Bike Depot is a bike rental company that is right at the entrance to Squaw Valley. Lots of people rent a bike, cross the street, and ride the trail to Tahoe City for shopping and dining before making the return trip. Tahoe City is right on the water so you can even bring a bathing suit and towel and take a swim in Lake Tahoe.
SAWTOOTH RIDGE TRAIL | Moderate trail with moderate elevation gain.
The Sawtooth Ridge Trail rolls through Sierra forests high above the Truckee River near Squaw Valley. Beginner and intermediate mountain bikers will love the stellar viewpoints, moderate climbs and fun rhythm. Occasional technical features keep things exciting. The trailhead is very close to the Cedar House, and you can access it by making a left out of our front driveway, then make a left at your first light on Palisades. You will follow Palisades all the way to to the top of the hill, then make a right on Silver Fir, then a left on Thelin. You will see a gate for the entrance of the 06 fire road about a half mile down. Turn right onto the fire road until you come to the small parking lot on your right.
HOLE IN THE GROUND TRAIL | Intermediate trail with moderate elevation gain.
This ride is both fun and challenging. It has a bit of everything including steep climbing, technical downhill sections, beautiful lakes, nice smooth single-track, and some dirt and paved road riding. The trail is well marked and exceptionally well maintained. It is popular and receives a fair amount of traffic, especially on weekends. The length and vertical gain are in the immediate range of difficulty. Exit Interstate 80 at Soda Springs. From the off-ramp, turn right (north) and then make the immediate right turn. Look for a sign board on the left side of the street where a trail intersects this road. This is the END of the ride. To avoid a few miles of road riding, shuttle a car to the Boreal Exit. Park on the road to the north of the freeway.
NORTHSTAR SKI RESORT – DOWNHILL BIKING | Beginner to Advanced – rentals available
Two chair lifts in operation. Bike and gear rentals. Everything from easy fireroads to world cup downhills with big nasty rock gardens and drops . Located only 10min the Cedar House.
I.R.I.E. WHITEWATER RAFTING | 9AM and 1:30PM | located 1/4mile from Cedar House
This half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Lower Gorge of the Truckee River is offered twice daily and is great for families and groups. The Truckee River begins with relaxing Class II boulder gardens and swimming pools and increases in intensity. Half way through the trip, the rapids become larger and closer together until we reach the top of the Floriston Gorge. The river narrows, becomes steeper, and descends its last mile through a series of several Class III and III+ rapids named Jaws Rapid and Bronco Rapid.
TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING | 25 minutes from Cedar House
Enjoy a leisurely, self guided, five mile float on the Truckee river from Tahoe City to the River Ranch Bar, Restaurant, and Hotel. This class I family float will last 2-3 hours. Rent your rafts from Truckee River Rafting and catch a free shuttle back to your car at any time until 6pm daily. Operating daily (weather and water permitting) 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
DONNER LAKE MARINA | 15 minutes from Cedar House – Paddle board, Kayak, Jet Ski and Boat rentals
They offer 2 locations for rentals. The first is inside Donner Memorial State Park right as you enter the Donner Lake area – this location has paddle boards, kayaks and some jet skis. The larger marina location at the end of Donner Lake (before you turn left to West End Beach), offers paddle boards, kayaks, jet skis, wakboard boats, family deck boats and fishing boats.
SAND HARBOR RENTALS | 35 minutes from Cedar House – Paddle board, Kayak, Jet Ski and Boat rentals
Take 267 to 28 until you reach Sand Harbor State Park – Rentals are found at the white tent by the boat ramp. Parking is limited at Sand Harbor and it is VERY popular during the summer months…but for good reason. Sand Harbor offers unparalleled scenery once you are on the water. The east shore is completely undeveloped with hidden beaches, secluded coves, granite boulders and warm sand. This area rivals the Caribbean with its water clarity and visibility. Operates 9am to 5pm during the summer, and you should get there early for parking.
ACTION WATER SPORTS | 30 minutes from Cedar House – Paddle board, Kayak, Jet Ski, Boat rentals plus Parasailing and Catamarans.
Located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, Action Water Sports offers many options for boat rentals and charters. Choose from power boats, jet skis, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals, catamarans, parasailing, and more.
TAHOE PADDLE AND OAR | 15 minutes from Cedar House – Paddle board, kayak, canoe rentals
Located in Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. They offer top-end canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals, instruction, guided kayak tours and a full service paddlesport retail store.
TAHOE CITY KAYAK | 25minutes from Cedar House – Paddle board, kayak, canoe rentals
Located in Tahoe City on the North/West Shore of Lake Tahoe. They offer top-end canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals, instruction, guided kayak tours and a full service paddlesport retail store.
FOUR SEASONS FLY FISHING | 1/2 day and full day tours
Brian from Four Seasons provides a safe, fun and informative fly fishing adventures along the Truckee River. Fly Fishing “wade” trips, stillwater boat trips, fly fishing school, gear rental.
WEST END BEACH – DONNER LAKE | 15 minutes from the Cedar House
Nestled on the West Shore of Donner Lake, this 10 acre day use beach facility offers excellent shaded picnic and barbeque sites for families or groups. While it is not the largest beach in the Tahoe area, it meets all the requirements for a relaxing, sun bathing adventure. There is an entrance fee of $3 and dogs are not allowed. Swimming is great, although the water is cold early summer. Paddleboard, kayak and jet ski rentals are adjacent to the beach. Donner Lake also offers PUBLIC DOCKS which you will drive past on your where to West End. These docks are a secluded alternative to the busy beaches.
KINGS BEACH – NORTH SHORE | 15 minutes from the Cedar House
King’s Beach is the closest LAKE TAHOE beach to our hotel. It is a large beautiful sand beach. The views are great as you are looking straight across the lake. All types of watersports are offered here: swimming, boating, paddleboard rentals, kayak rentals, etc. There are some restaurants in King’s Beach right by the common’s beach area. The parking lots in Kings Beach are not very large, but there are other parking lots behind some of the shopping across the street. Dog friendly on the east side of the Coon St. boat ramp.
SPEEDBOAT BEACH – NORTH SHORE | 15 minutes from the Cedar House
Take 267 to King’s Beach- turn left onto 28 after you leave King’s Beach look to your right for Speedboat Ave. Turn here and try to find parking- parking is difficult here. Walk down the street to the beach. This beach is small, gorgeous and offers lots of rocks to sunbathe on or jump off of (no restrooms and no restaurants).
COMMONS BEACH TAHOE CITY – WEST SHORE | 25 minutes from the Cedar House
Take 89 south to Tahoe City. Commons Beach is the heart of the town. There is grass and sand on the beach and a big playground. This is a great beach for families with small children. There are clean restrooms and lots of restaurants. Tahoe City makes a great day trip from Truckee, but is a very popular area in the summertime with lots of traffic.
SAND HARBOR BEACH – EAST SHORE | 35 minutes from the Cedar House
This beautiful sandy beach is located down the East Shore just outside of Incline Village. Take 267 to 28 until you reach Sand Harbor State Park. There is a fee, but the views of the sunset and the mountains on the Southwest end of the Lake are worth it. This beach is the most famous and most popular in Tahoe. It offers turquoise caribbean-like water, white sand beaches and lots of beautiful rocks. You have to get here early as the park does sell out. During the summer, outdoor music concerts, plays and in particular, the Shakespeare Festival, take place at the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Lake.
CHIMNEY BEACH – EAST SHORE | 35 minutes from the Cedar House – DOG FRIENDLY
From the North Shore, take Hwy. 28 south to Sand Harbor. Just over a mile south of Sand Harbor, look on your right for the iron security gate of a private estate. Proceed south on Hwy. 28 another 200 yards until you come to a gated Forest Service parking lot on the east (mountain) side of the highway. Park in the little 30-car lot, walk across the highway, and take the easy trail down to the beach. It should take you about 5-10 minutes to reach the sand.
SKUNK HARBOR – EAST SHORE | 40 minutes from the Cedar House – DOG FRIENDLY
From the North Shore, take Hwy 28 south to Sand Harbor and continue another 4 miles roughly. The parking and trailhead is roughly 15.5 on highway 28 starting in California into Nevada. Once the road starts to curve to the left and you see the lake again and a small valley below, park before the green gate on your right hand side. Watch out for parking in the turnout: the sheriff’s department will ticket you mercilessly even if you don’t obey the “fire access – keep clear” sign. Follow this road down to a fork at about 1 mile. The left fork will continue to Prey Meadows while the right fork continues on to skunk Harbor on the Lake’s shore. Great secluded cove with sandy beach that dogs love! And a good 3 mile roundtrip hike for you.
KIVA BEACH – SOUTH SHORE | 60 minutes from the Cedar House – DOG FRIENDLY
From the North Shore take Hwy. 89 south all the way passed Emerald Bay. After the Mt. Tallac turnoff on your right, look for the “Tallac” historic site on your left. Turn onto Heritage Way and then left again onto Tallac Rd. Follow Tallac Rd, which ends in a small parking lot. If this parking lot is full, you would have to drive back to 89 and park along the road and walk in. From the parking lot walk left towards the beach. This beach is the biggest dog beach around Lake Tahoe. It offers breathtaking views of Mt. Tallac in the back. This beach is worth the long drive to the South Shore. Bring a cooler and spend your entire day here. The adjacent Baldwin Beach offers Water Sport rentals like Kayaks, Paddleboards, etc. You can also combine one of the many beautiful hikes down there with a beach day.
CASCADE FALLS | Easy trail about 1 mile
Cascade Falls is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, by Emerald Bay. Take 89 south from Truckee all the way down to Emerald Bay. Turn into the “Bayview” campground. There is free day parking at the very end of the campground. If those parking spots are taken, you would have to park along the roadside of 89 and walk to the trailhead. The trailhead offers a large map and desolation wilderness permits. You do not have to fill in a permit if you just want to go the fall. Turn left onto the trail which starts out in the trees but will take you along the mountain high up above Cascade Lake. You can see the waterfall from the trailhead in the distance at the end of Cascade Lake. The views are breathtaking, look back and you will see Cascade Lake and Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. The hike to the fall is very moderate, there are a few areas with some boulders and granite to maneuver so wear sturdy shoes. The distance to the waterfall is only about 1 mile. Once the trail that has been following the mountainside, opens up to a large granite area (after about 3/4 of a mile), look to your left. There is a big boulder, go towards that boulder and follow the hard to see dirt trail towards the waterfall. This waterfall is massive in the spring! Be aware if you bring children or your dog of the slippery granite. Keep children close and your dog on a leash. Cascade Falls is the perfect start to a day hike on the south shore. You can go back to the trailhead, fill in the wilderness permit and start hiking towards the desolation wilderness, which offers multiple day hike options. Granite Lake is only 1.5 miles up the hill. Maggie’s Peak is 2.5 miles and the gateway to many other alpine lakes, like Fontanillis (which offers another waterfall), Dick’s Lake, Velma Lakes, etc…If you are looking for a 14 or more miles day hike in total desolation this is it. Dogs allowed. The Emerald Bay area is very busy all year round, try to get here early to avoid the crowds.
EAGLE FALLS | Easy trail about 1 mile
Eagle Falls is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, by Emerald Bay. Take 89 south from Truckee all the way down to Emerald Bay. The Eagle Falls Trailhead is off of 89 to the right. It has a designated Parking lot and there is a parking fee of $5.00 – cash/check only. The hike to the trail is only about 1 mile. The trail is very well maintained. There is a bridge that goes over the waterfall which makes it really easy to view the waterfall and to take pictures in front of the waterfall. Eagle Falls like Cascade Falls is massive in the spring, be aware if you bring children or your dog of the slippery granite. Keep children close and your dog on a leash. Also like Cascade Falls, Eagle Falls is a perfect start to a day hike into desolation Wilderness and the same lakes as described above. You can fill in a wilderness permit at the trailhead. Cascade Falls and Eagle Falls are only separated by a couple of miles driving distance.
GLEN ALPINE FALLS | No hiking required
Glen Alpine Falls is also located on the south shore passed Eagle and Cascade Falls. Take Highway 89 south from Truckee all the way down to Emerald Bay and past to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Turn right onto Fallen Leak Lake Road, watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. The waterfall is located right along the road side and cascades 65 ft. There is no hiking at all necessary to reach this water fall. You can get up very close to the falls, and feel the cascade coming right at you. Glen Alpine Falls is the gateway to the famous Glen Alpine hiking trail which connects to the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be used to access Mt. Tallac and Desolation Wilderness (fill in a permit at the trailhead). Lake Aloha is accessible from here and would make for a 11.75 mile day hike, this hike is voted one of the best hikes in the tahoe area. To get to the trailhead continue on Fallen Leaf Lake Road until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left. Trailhead parking is across from Lily Lake. Dogs are allowed. John Muir described this area, “From no other valley, as far as I know, may excursions be made in a single day to so many peaks, wild gardens, glacier lakes, glacier meadows and alpine groves, cascades, etc.”
SPOONER LAKE | 2.5 mile loop trail
Spooner lake is located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe and is a State Park. There is a 2.5 mile loop trail around the lake. The lake is surrounded by all kinds of trees and bushes which offer beautiful fall colors. You can access the trail by driving into the state park, the fee is $10.00 per car. If you pay for the entrance fee here you can visit Sand Harbor afterwards as the entrance fee is good for both state parks. There is an alternative entrance off of highway 50. Drive past the state park entrance on 28 until you come to the highway 50 crossing, turn left onto highway 50 and look for the Tahoe Rim Trail parking lot right away on your left hand side. Turn into this parking lot and park. Follow the trail uphill, right after the trailhead there is a turn off to the left to the loop trail. You will see a green pole, you have to pay $1.00 per person to go onto this trail. Place the money into the provided envelope and keep the receipt. Spooner Lake State Park allows dogs on a leash.
PAIGE MEADOWS | 1.5 – 13 miles of trails
Paige Meadows are 5 meadows that are connected by multiple trails. The meadows are located south of Tahoe City on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. To access the meadows drive on 89 south from Truckee, turn right onto Ward Creek Boulevard, follow Ward Creek Blvd for 2.5 miles until you see a forest road on your right hand side. Park on your left hand side of the road, that way you can park in the dirt with the vehicle off the road, there is no designated parking lot. Cross the street and walk up the forest road. After about a mile you will come to a junction, the dirt road continues to the right, there is a fork of 2 dirt trails to the left, take the trail to the right which will take you to the first meadow. The first meadow offers the best view of the mountains in the background. Follow the trail you are on which will take you to the next meadow that connects to the next and so on. Don’t veer off the main trail unless you are sure you can find your way back. You can easily get lost on all those little side trails. The full loop trail is 13 miles, and you started walking counter clockwise if you followed the above instructions. The easier option is to just go as far as you feel like and turn around and walk back. Dogs allowed. Paige Meadows is also perfect for a mountain bike ride.
EAGLE ROCK | 1 mile hike
If you are driving down the west shore to Paige Meadows or Taylor Creek or wherever your day might take you, make a stop at Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock is a volcanic outcrop and rises up to 6286’. A moderate 20 minute hike leads to a dramatic and panoramic view. This is the easiest and quickest way to get a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe. Eagle Rock is located on highway 89 between mile marker 67 and 68, right before Homewood ski resort going south. Park on the west side of the road on the south end of the rock. The new trail, located away from the creek, winds up the side of the rock. Dogs allowed.
SAGEHEN CREEK | ~1 hour hike
The Sagehen Creek Trail is located on Highway 89, 6.8 miles north of Truckee. There is a dirt parking area on the right (east) side just past the bridge over Sagehen Creek. There are no facilities at the trailhead and the trail is not marked, but it is clearly visible on the northeast side of Sagehen Creek. This hike is known for its wildflowers, which peak in early to midsummer but it also offers some great fall colors. From the trailhead, the path heads downstream through a forest of pines, aspens, firs, cedars and junipers. About two miles in you reach a clearing and a small rivulet, which you cross to reach a meadow that borders Stampede Reservoir. The trail soon disappears, but your destination, the lake’s edge, should be within view, and you can amble the rest of the way there. Return the way you came. During the month of October you can watch the salmon spawn in the creek, which is not as spectacular as the spawning at Taylor Creek (see below) but still worth seeing. The most salmon can be seen in the part of the creek closest to the lake. Dogs allowed.
TAYLOR CREEK SALMON SPAWNING | no hiking required
Taylor Creek is located on the South shore of Lake Tahoe past Emerald Bay at the bottom of Mt. Tallac. Take 89 south from Truckee all the way down to Taylor Creek, either park along side the bridge that crosses the creek or turn left onto “Visitor Center Road” and park in the designated parking lot. The drive down there from Truckee takes about an hour and 15 minutes but it is a beautiful drive along the lake. There is a Visitor’s Center that offers a lot of information on the salmon spawning. The Kokanee are fresh-water salmon and much smaller — measuring only about 14 inches — than other salmon relatives. They feed on plankton in the lake and are silver for most of their lives before turning bright red as they prepare to swim up the creek to spawn in the water where they were born. There are an estimate of 50000 salmon spawning in October at Taylor Creek.