Days are becoming shorter, temperatures colder, and the forests are shedding their summer canopies painting the mountains with soul-stirring coloration. The autumn is upon the high sierra, and the adventures do not end. Mountain bikers, fishermen and fisherwomen, and other sorts of thrill-seekers descend on the Truckee/Tahoe area to enjoy the peaceful fall months.
During the autumn months in Truckee/Tahoe, mountain biking is considered world-class. Cooler temperatures, moist trails from evening rains, and vibrant pink, orange, and red vegetation throughout the forest create quite the magical bike experience. Not to mention, the views of Lake Tahoe are just as good in the autumn than any other season.
We recommend exploring the Tahoe Rim Trail, Flume Trail, or Tyrolean Downhill on the East Shore, or the Sawtooth Trail and Martis Valley Trails in the Truckee area for classic downhill and single-track biking. Such trails provide bikers with banked turns, technical rock gardens, high-speed steeps, and exposed traverses. Those looking for a mellow, scenic bike experience can jump on the Legacy Trail just ¼ miles from the hotel, explore Martis Valley, or cruise the East Shore Trail to Hidden Beach or Sand Harbor for a sunset. No matter your ability level, there is an October bike adventure awaiting you.
Lake Tahoe Balloons provides a once in a lifetime experience where guests complete a hot air balloon tour that begins and ends from the deck of a boat on Lake Tahoe. Guests are hosted to the inflation and deflation process before and after their tour. The trip treats visitors to a majestic birds-eye view of Emerald Bay over Lake Tahoe, and the vast high peak filled canyon country of Desolation Wilderness. The less summited granite monsters of Desolation Wilderness like Pyramid Peak, Mt. Price, Dicks Peak, and Jacks Peak are clearly visible, making the tour especially unparalleled. Many days, Yosemite and the coastal peaks over 150 miles away are visible from the balloon as well. We recommend this unique Lake Tahoe adventure for anyone looking for a bucket list experience.
During September, hundreds of hot-air balloons descend on Reno for the Great Reno Balloon Race. What once was just a 20 balloon spectacle, now hosts over 100 vibrant balloons painting the autumn sky. The various colored and styled balloons and the rich history of the event provide thrills for all adventurers. During the event, visitors enjoy the Balloon Boulevard—hosting crafts, souvenirs, food, and beverages, Glow in the Dark Balloon Shows, the Mass Ascent luncheon, and Balloon Dawn Patrols. This is a world-renowned event and is perfect for families or those wishing to explore the “biggest little city in the world”—Reno.
Fishing during autumn months to some is the best time to fish. The rivers are spawning trout and salmon, and are flowing too low to fish, yet the reservoirs and lakes are prime with hoards of fish in the shallows trying to find warm water and food. This allows for excellent shoreline fishing in the reservoirs, and watercraft is not necessary. Such lakes hide bass, trout, and Mackinaw in various secret coves surrounded by looming high peaks, and the beautiful colored Tahoe National Forest. One cannot help but savor the tranquil autumn environment. The lakes to explore are Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Stampede Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, and Martis Lake. All of which offer easy parking and access to shoreline fishing, except for Tahoe, which requires a boat for deep line casting. During autumn months, if you explore Boca, Stampede, or Lake Tahoe, you will be graced with few other visitors.