Leaf Peeping in Reno Tahoe
There is something enchanting about the feeling of seeing the first signs of fall. The reds, yellows, oranges and other captivating medleys of autumn shades stick around for a short time before vanishing into the winter winds. If you are looking for maximum fall scenery exposure this season, look no further. Get your cameras ready; Reno Tahoe is putting on a leafy show for you! Check out these top picturesque peaks, hikes and views for leaf peeping this year throughout the Reno Tahoe area.
If you are looking to fit all the leaf peeping on Lake Tahoe in in one fell swoop, then hop on highway 89 starting in Truckee and make your way through North Lake Tahoe for a natural color and light show, put on by the local trees. Any transportation will do! Bike, scooter, vehicle or kayak- grab and camera and go!
If you have more specific areas in mind, here are some striking options:
North Lake Tahoe Foliage
For a moderate yet awe-inspiring hike/walk that the whole family can do, take on the Mt Rose Meadows Trail. Find the prefect autumn family photo op on this intermediate trail offering exceptional views of North Lake Tahoe and the quickly changing colors of the season. Just off of the Mt Rose Highway on the summit, feel on top of the world as you walk above the lake amongst the turning leaves.
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To make a day of great eats, views and shopping visit Page Meadows, just outside of Tahoe City. It’s like a four-course meal for your eyes to feast on! The interconnected fields of complex natural color combinations will tantalize your aesthetic senses. Visit these beauties multiple times through the fall to watch as one cluster of aspens and maples starts its transformation and another cluster completes. After your visual senses are satisfied, give your other senses some TLC in Tahoe City with great food and shopping!
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The Ophir Creek Trail Head will welcome you in Tahoe Meadows. This inviting North Lake outing will pose as a perfect leaf watching experience. The warm leaf shades contrast against the robust mountain face, providing stunning views.
For some heart-pumping action while you visit the colors of autumn, hop on your mountain bike and cruise between Marlette Lake and Spooner Lake. This biker’s favorite has three distinct sections of fantastic fall sites. The first mile to four miles in will take you to Snow Valley and Marlette Lake where the colors of the aspens leaves will wave you down to stop and take in their beauty. Continue along the trail to the peak and back down or head over to the popular Flume Trail to gather a new perspective of the lake and the contrasting colors of nature.
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Tahoe Donner and Truckee offer their own version of nature’s color palate through jaw-dropping hikes as well. The Donner Lake Rim Trail is a local favorite for taking in the beauty of autumn. If you are one that prefers to sit and take in the beauty from one spot, capture the views from one of the many public docks scattered around the lake for an up-close encounter with the lake that will be trimmed with altering tree leaves.
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Reno Sites and Ventures
Reno may be a bustling city but it still has autumn gems to be discovered around every corner. Pick from the many scenic trail heads strewn across the valley. Hunter Creek Trail is located off of McCarran Blvd. This five mile hike lets you experience beautiful boulders surrounded by thick patches of fall colored trees that line the river at the base of the canyon that ultimately ends at a rushing waterfall.
Galena Creek Park is a fairytale-esque fall wonderland to take in the ribbons of warm colors that wrap around the premises. Pick from the options of trail heads distributed around the area and bring your camera!
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If you want to stay local, Reno offers fun outings that ensure participants will be immersed in views of seasonal trees. The Reno Wine Walk allows partakers, 21 and over, to leisurely experience wine varieties while walking from participating establishment to establishment in the midst of the colors of fall along the Truckee River. Located in the River Walk District, be a part of the Biggest Little City while enjoying nature at the same time!
For a little bit of history accented with pops of red, yellows and oranges visit the University of Nevada, Reno‘s campus. This campus is styled after the various gorgeous east coast college architectures, known for their fall foliage. You can expect vast amounts of autumn colored vines wrapping around hundred year old brick buildings and adding a pop of color to the stunning campus quad.
For a day on the water and fall colors galore visit the Sparks Marina. Enjoy a bike ride around the glistening lake and watch the colors shift and sway as the leaves make their way to winter. A perfect date spot or place to sit and live in the moment before the seasons change.
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a leaf peepers dream! This park is home to the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum, displaying over 12 gardens and groves with hundreds of varieties of plants, shrubs and trees, you will get more than just the colors of fall. Visit this eccentric and ever changing park before the leaves drop!
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