About Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has a range of activities to offer visitors from skiing in the winter to boating and hiking in the summer.  There are also fantastic festivals and events in the area.

For the outdoor loving visitors, the most popular activity in Lake Tahoe is hiking as the area has an abundance of trails.  The most known trail is the Pacific Crest Trail, stretching the length of the West Coast.  Also, very famous is the Tahoe Rim Trail which runs all the way around Lake Tahoe and offers spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains.  If you’re looking for an easy hike, the Spooner Lake Trail is scenic, fairly flat and loops around Spooner Lake.  The trail is located where highway 50 and highway 28 meet on the East side of Lake Tahoe, about an hour drive from the Stanford Sierra Conference Center.  The Marlette Lake Trail and Bench Trail are also nearby this location and offer longer more advanced hikes.

If you want more of an urban experience, head into South Lake Tahoe where you can bike or walk along paths that run next to Lake Tahoe.  You can even take scenic gondola rides on Heavenly Ski Resort’s Gondola.  There are hiking trails on the mountain and great vantage points for picnics.  South Lake Tahoe also offers some excellent shopping and an outdoor walking mall at the base of Heavenly’s gondola.

A must see during your stay in the Tahoe area is Emerald Bay located on the West side of Lake Tahoe.  Offering fantastic views of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay is home to the Vikingsholm Castle and the only Island on Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. A fun way to see Lake Tahoe is by boat.  There are many companies offering boat rentals around the lake – including inflatable kayaks, canoes, speed boats, etc.  You can also take a dinner or sunset cruise on an old style sternwheeler boat or a catamaran.  Several of these boat tours leave from Ski Run Marina in the center of South Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe also offers the famous Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, one of Tahoe’s best events.  This festival is located in Sand Harbor on the East side of Lake Tahoe in an amazing outdoor amphitheater.  Every summer the festival offers several renditions of Shakespeare’s plays.  Bring a picnic or purchase food at the event and sit back and enjoy the play with the sunset over the lake as a backdrop.

Other activities around the Stanford Sierra Conference Center include skiing, golf, jeeping/four by fouring, fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  There are 15 ski areas within an hour and a half of the Stanford Sierra Conference Center.  You can also venture out by car and explore some of the interesting towns within an easy drive. The highlights are Genoa, Markleeville, Truckee and Virginia City.  You can even spend a day driving the whole way around Lake Tahoe.

One of the great things about the Tahoe area is the weather.  The majority of days at Lake Tahoe are sunny and clear.  In the summer it can be quite warm during the day; however, the temperature can drop very quickly as the sun sets or a storm rolls in.  Its a good idea to always have extra layers and sunscreen on hand when you venture out.  The Tahoe area experiences quite a bit of wind, especially if you are on Lake Tahoe.  In the spring and fall there can still be occasional snowfall and cold temperatures so make sure you’re prepared with warm clothing.  Be sure to check the weather forecast before your visit, so you can come prepared for your Lake Tahoe adventure.