It’s Springtime in Tahoe & The Waterfalls Are Flowing!

This winter brought us record snowfall here in South Lake Tahoe. We were thrilled to welcome guests from all over the world to our very own winter wonderland, but we couldn’t be more excited that spring has finally sprung on the South Shore.

There are three reasons why spring in South Lake is one of our favorite times of the year:

  1. The crowds have dispersed! Don’t get us wrong, we love our visitors and that fresh snowfall brings lots of them, but the come spring we definitely appreciate the calm after the winter storm.
  2. The wildlife is celebrating! Winter hibernation is over and the forest critters are roaming free. Not to mention all the flowers are in bloom!
  3. Last but not least, our favorite part about spring are the South Lake Tahoe waterfalls. After the snow melts the waterfalls start flowing and its truly a sight to see. Below are the best waterfalls to explore on a spring day.

The mighty waters of the Sierra Nevadas create some of the countries most beautiful waterfalls. Below are three of our favorite waterfalls that make a great day trip for your springtime stay.

Horsetail Falls: Located right here in South Lake Tahoe off Highway 50, Horsetail Falls is a spectacular sight to see. Just 7 miles from Echo Summit, the hike to the waterfall is about 3.1 miles and is categorized as a moderate difficulty level. The destination of this hike is the waterfall but the walk along the way boasts some spectacular views. Horsetail falls is a springtime must see in South Lake Tahoe

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe South)

Glen Alpine Falls: Another amazing location easily accessible to those on the South Shore. Glen Alpine Falls is a series of waterfalls that lead to Fallen Leaf Lake, a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. This trail is a lightly trafficked 5.1 mile hike and is rated at a moderate difficulty level. Don’t forget your camera on this outing because these sites are truly breathtaking. Even the family dog is allowed to join!

(Photo of Lower Glen Alpine Falls sourced from Tahoe South)

Shirley Canyon: As the snow continues to melt, the waterfalls at Shirley Canyon are flowing in full force. This location is not in South Lake Tahoe but we promise it’s totally work the day trip to Squaw Valley. For the more experienced hikers, the trek to Shirley Canyon can take about a half day to complete (just remember you can can turn around and any time and there are plenty of smaller waterfall photo ops along the way). Check out this useful Guide to Hiking Shirley Canyon for more tips.

If you decide to come for a spring time South Lake Tahoe visit we have many homes to choose from. From a cozy little cabin near the lake, to a forested four bedroom, to a home right on the Tahoe Keys – we’re here to help you find the perfect home!

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