Spring around Lake Tahoe offers beautiful scenery wherever you go. The melting snow bursts into waterfalls and quenches the forest thirst. This allows for waterfalls and wildflowers to peak with beauty. Many of the wonderful valleys and hikes during summer are available during spring months. The mountain summits still may hold snow, yet places like Martis Creek Wildlife Area, Shirley Canyon, and the Donner Peak area are alive with vibrant colors.
APPROX. 8 MILES OUT AND BACK
The terrain where Frog Lake Overlook sits is laden with stacked granite slabs, old-growth tree groves, vast wildflower pastures, and snowmelt tributaries. Because of the areas high elevation, it receives a lot of snow during the winter months, thus holding snow until late spring. When warmer temperatures arrive, the forests and canyons awake with color and life as the snow melts down canyon walls, into drainages, feeding creeks, and depositing into lakes. The hike starts at 7200’ and goes to 8600, making it an intermediate/advanced hike. The trail will treat one to the various mule-ear pastures, wildflowers, fir, hemlock, and pine groves, and pristine creeks. Once hikers climb into the higher elevations, they can see majestic Castle Peak guarding the area, and are treated to views of lower elevation valleys and canyons glowing with green. Once at the overlook, adventurers are atop a massive cliff face looking down onto Frog Lake while enjoying a 360 view of the high sierra and valleys below. The name “Frog Lake Overlook” does not do this summit justice when implying beauty.
APPROX. 4 MILES OF LOOPING TRAILS
The Mt. Rose Wilderness is one of the first established wilderness areas in the United States. The Wilderness hosts 11,000 acres to explore complete with towering 10,000-foot peaks, immensely vertical couloirs, epic manzanita and creek filled valleys, waterfalls, and hiking trails. The Tahoe Meadows is in the Mt. Rose Wilderness and provides roadside parking. During spring, the meadows host hikers and bikers with a journey through wildflower-covered pastures glistening with snowmelt creeks. Besides the wildflowers, the forests and meadows are alive with greenery and smells as they drink up the past winters snowmelt. This area is perfect for an easy to intermediate hike or bike ride. Travelers here can simply loop the meadows, summit Chickadee Ridge, or access the Tahoe Rim Trail. This is a place where you can determine how far and long you wish to go without seeing the same area twice. The best time for wildflower viewing is in June.
APPROX. 4.5 MILE OUT AND BACK
Sagehen Creek is a snowmelt creek originating from the peaks of the Pacific Crest. The area most explored is a trail off of Highway 89 that takes hikers to Stampede Reservoir. Stampede is a large lake filled with clean water, fish, and surrounded by sandy cliffs invaded by the forest. Because the trail parallels Sagehen creek, there is plenty of water for your dog. The trail is avidly flat as well; thus, it can be considered easier. As hikers make their way down the trail, they enjoy the greenery of the Tahoe National Forest and vast wildflower and mule-ear pastures. This hike is a spring gem for locals.