Posted on 12/29/2021

A Local's Guide to the Best Outdoor Activities in North Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe region of Northern California is best known for its beautiful landscapes. From the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe to impressive mountain summits, thereâs no shortage of outdoor activities in North Lake Tahoe. Our area is one of the top destinations on the West Coast for watersports in the summer, while the winter months offer some of the best skiing in the United States! Are you ready to see what outdoor activities North Lake Tahoe has to offer? Read on for five of our favorite ways to explore the outdoors! Request our free North Lake Tahoe Guide when youâre ready to start planning your trip. This planning tool contains local insight into the best things to do, see, and explore in our area, including more outdoor activities!

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5 of the Best Outdoor Activities in North Lake Tahoe by Season


1. SUP

Lake Tahoe boasts 191-square-miles of crystal-clear water. In the summer months, you can find locals and visitors alike enjoying some fun in the sun! From soaking up some rays on the shore to paddling to hidden alcoves, thereâs no shortage of outdoor adventures at the beaches of North Lake Tahoe. Kings Beach is a favorite spot among locals for watersports. Here, you can rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore natural hot springs, boulder fields, tucked-away coves, and more!

2. Hiking

If you prefer dry land to water, then youâll love the hiking trails in North Lake Tahoe. From lakeside trails to waterfall hikes, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of our favorite hiking trails on the North Shore:
  • Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Shirley Canyon
  • Eagle Lake
  • Eagle Rock Hiking Trail

3. Biking

North Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, making it difficult to explore all the beautiful views in one trip. Biking in North Lake Tahoe is a great way to see more of our area in a shorter period. You can even rent electric bikes in Lake Tahoe!


4. Skiing

Skiing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in North Lake Tahoe. You can find several world-class ski resorts in our area, including Palisades Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, and Northstar. For a challenge, check out the backcountry skiing in North Lake Tahoe. So, be sure to add layers to your Northern California packing list and get ready to hit the slopes!

5. Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is another great way to experience winter on the slopes! Consider renting a snowmobile to explore the backcountry of North Lake Tahoe with the following tour companies:

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