1. BikingAs the snow continues to melt, more and more hiking and biking trails will become accessible. The new Truckee River Legacy Trail allows riders to explore the full stretch of the Truckee River from downtown and the Glenshire subdivision. Bikers can also enjoy the friendly trail from the entrance to Squaw Valley all the way to the origin of the Truckee River at the dam in Tahoe City.
Mountain bikers have plenty to choose from in the Tahoe area as well. Resorts like Northstar offer day passes for mountain bikers to explore their unique terrain. The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) provides a number of outstanding resources for Tahoe bikers and also sponsors several community events in the spring and summer.
2. Hiking and Backpacking
Avid hikers will find no shortage of trails to their liking as the snow continues to give way. The Tahoe Rim Trail is also popular for hikers and provides tremendous views of the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. Just to the west of Truckee, hikers can catch the Pacific Crest Trail and head north or south, with a number of outstanding alpine lakes and backcountry views accessible in either direction.
The Tahoe backcountry attracts thousands of backpackers every summer. Regions like Desolation Wilderness to the south of the lake have become so popular that they sometimes require the reservation of permits well in advance. The Granite Chief Wilderness further north does not require Wilderness permits, but backpackers are encouraged to obtain a free California campfire permit from the local USFS office for use of campfires, charcoal fires, and portable gas stoves outside developed campgrounds.
3. Beach adventureAlthough it may still be a couple months before most of us are ready to jump in the water, Tahoe spring is a great time to start frequenting some of region’s most beautiful beaches. Sand Harbor is one of the most pristine Tahoe beaches around, and day users can gain access for a modest fee. On the lake’s northern edge, several small beaches, such as Speedboat Beach and Moon Dunes Beach, provide free access to an outstanding view of the lake and a perfect location to catch some springtime rays.
For those looking for a beach that provides opportunities to rent kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, or spend your afternoon kicking up sand on the volleyball courts, Kings Beach is a great stop. If you’re looking to explore as many Tahoe beaches as possible this spring, you might consider downloading the Lake Tahoe Beaches app.