Spring Family Friendly Excursions in Lake Tahoe
Spring is in the air and these long afternoons are getting us excited for summer at the lake. Although it’s not quite warm enough for beach days quite yet, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in Tahoe! Here are our top 5 Family Friendly outdoor activities you can enjoy this spring!
Enjoy the East Shore Trail
The East Shore Trail has been dubbed “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway,” and it’s easy to understand why! You can enjoy a stroll or bike on the 3 miles of a paved trail that meanders along the shores of Lake Tahoe from Incline Village to Sand Harbor. You can park at the large parking area right across from the trailhead, and then walk or bike roughly one mile to Hidden Beach for some hang time or a picnic lunch.
Want to get out of town for a day? Head out to Independence Lake, one of the most pristine alpine lakes in the Sierra Nevadas. Independence Lake is a nature preserve maintained by the Nature Conservancy, offering opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking, and bird watching along its trails and shore. It is also home to one of only two wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the world – a fish that has been lost from 99% of its historic range. Please note that due to Covid-19, all watercraft is not available to use, and no outside watercraft is permitted in the lake.
Truckee River Bike Path
Take the bike path from Squaw Valley to Tahoe City – or the other way around! Meander along the Truckee River on the mostly flat, paved path perfect for an afternoon adventure. This path is about 5 miles total if you ride the entire thing, so depending on your kids’ skill and energy levels, you might want to drop a car at one end.
Spring Skiing Capital
Sometimes it feels like winter is over in Tahoe, and then we get a surprise snowstorm in April! Skiing is slated to remain open through Memorial Day at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and the days are full of sunshine and the snow is extra corny right now. April is Retro Month on the mountain, so why not have some fun and pull out your old dayglo and hit the slopes in style. Don’t forget your sunscreen while you’re enjoying the spring conditions!
Paddleboarding Lake Tahoe
The crystal clear waters and calm mornings are perfect for one of Amie’s favorite activities: paddleboarding. Even though the water is a little chilly still, paddleboarding is a great way to get out on the water and experience a different view of the lake. There are plenty of public beaches you can launch from, or rent a board from Tahoe City Kayak or Willard’s Sports Shop.