How to Make the Most of Summer in the Sierras

How to Make the Most of Summer in the Sierras

Whether you are one of the lucky buyers who scored a dream Tahoe property already, or you simply want to plan the perfect vacation, check out our team’s top recommendations for enjoying our outdoor playground paradise this summer:

  1. Hike to Monkey Rock. Enjoy the view, then take a picture with a local celebrity! Situated just outside Incline Village, this hike is short and steep, but worth it! This route also gives you the option to stroll the highly popular East Shore Trail all the way to Sand Harbor.
  2. Rock climb at Donner Summit. Beautiful views, a friendly local climbing community, and your choice of bouldering, trad, sport, or multi-pitch routes. The Summit is a quiet and remote place where one can truly feel immersed in the wilderness. 

  3. Sip a drink at Chambers Landing Bar & Grill. A locals’ favorite, there is no better place to enjoy a cocktail on a summer day. Despite its semi-hidden entrance in the charming Chamberlands neighborhood, it is open to the public, and a real treat for those who stop in.

  4. Float the Truckee River. Starting in Tahoe City, grab a few drinks and a few friends and make an afternoon of floating down the Truckee River. Summer bliss at its best (don’t forget the sunscreen)!
  5. Work on your golf game. Lake Tahoe is home to many world-class golf courses. In fact, luxury communities such as Martis Camp and Lahontan have been built around taking full advantage of the golfing lifestyle.

  1. Pitch a tent at Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood just outside South Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake is a true local gem. Less well-known than its famous neighbor, Fallen Leaf Lake is nonetheless an excellent place to relax, enjoy stunning mountainscapes, and retreat from the bustle of the South Shore.

  2. Take a Heavenly Gondola Ride. That’s not an exaggeration. The gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe remains open in the summer, carrying sight-seers to the Observation Deck at 8,100’ for unforgettable views of the Lake Tahoe basin.  

  3. Rent a kayak at Sand Harbor. Enjoy pristine waters reflecting the majestic mountain peaks from one of the most iconic beaches in Tahoe. Whether you choose to kayak, SUP, or sit back in a floaty, this is one of the best places to truly appreciate the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Reserve your ticket for the wildly popular Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival to stretch your Sand Harbor experience well into the balmy night.

  4. Mountain bike the Flume Trail. Adventurous bikers can take in astonishing views of the Lake while tackling this 14-mile trail outside Incline Village. Shuttle buses pick riders up at the Tunnel Creek Cafe, and drop you off at the top for an unforgettable one-way trip down the mountainside.

  5. Check out the sunset from Round Hill Pines State Beach. Wrap up your day in Zephyr Cove, watching the sunset illuminate the West Shore profile while sitting at the Beach Bar deck, or picnicking on the sand. 
 Need more ideas? Contact us. We are all locals who love living in the area and are eager to help people learn how to make the most of the mountain lifestyle.

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