While the end of September rings in the official start of fall, October is when the season comes into its full character. The leaves change from distressed greens to vibrant tones of red, yellow, and orange. The beauty of Lake Tahoe in the fall is just one great aspect of this season. Get the most out of autumn this year by knowing what to do in Lake Tahoe in October. We’ll explore fall foliage, Tahoe area hiking trails, and fall festivals. Start planning your trip to Lake Tahoe in October with additional help from our complimentary Vacation Guide.
Your Holistic Guide to What to Do in Lake Tahoe in October
Where to See the Best Fall Foliage
The signature trademark of summer turning to fall is the leaves changing color. When the Cottonwood trees leaves begin to turn from green to gold, you know autumn is near in the Tahoe area. Gaze in any direction and you’re sure to observe breathtaking sights. It can be as simple as looking out from your car window or from the deck of your vacation rental!
However, go the extra mile (or 10!) to Mount Rose Highway Summit in North Lake Tahoe to view nature in its Golden Hour. At this summit, the views of golden meadows surround you. The trail is easily accessible and great for families with small children. Or, solo and couples travelers might enjoy hiking 10 miles to the top of this summit for aerial views of Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Carson City.
Explore Tahoe Area Hiking Trails
Hiking is a popular year-round activity in North Lake Tahoe. What’s great about this area is that our North Lake Tahoe hiking trails are versatile. They change with the seasons and while the challenge might be the same each season, you’re sure to never have the same experience twice!
This is especially true for the Tahoe Rim Trail. This is the most popular trailhead in the Tahoe area because it follows along the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. Experience this year-round destination through a different lens when you visit Lake Tahoe in October. Be sure to pack a camera and dust off your photography skills while you’re here as the fall foliage makes for a great photo opt!
Attend the Autumn Food and Wine Festival
This guide covers what to do in Lake Tahoe in October, but there’s one late-September event that we can’t fail to mention! The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is an annual Tahoe area event that takes place at the end of September each year. The festival blends wine and food tastings with culinary seminars over the course of one weekend. Treat your palate to something special this fall!
Stay in One of Our Cozy Vacation Rentals
Whether you want to spend one week or the entire month exploring what to do in Lake Tahoe in October, we have a vacation rental property for you! From Tahoe City to Squaw Valley, Tahoe Moon Properties has a home that’s near any of the best fall things to do! Explore all of our wonderful North Lake Tahoe lodging options and reserve your home for this October.