May at Lake Tahoe: Mother Nature’s Surprise
May 16, 2022 | Sara Gonzalez
Yes, we’ve been teased. March and April brought us early warmth and now late season snow brings other precious gifts: An epic Lake Tahoe experience discovering the grandeur of early season waterfalls, still blue waters and towering snow-capped peaks—all promises of brilliant, warming latter days of May.
As we watch the season’s transformation before our eyes, the anticipation of summer’s exciting energy temps us. Yet, May is that special month that holds Mother Nature’s surprises and best-kept secrets, beckoning us to vacation in gorgeous Lake Tahoe. All before high-season rushes.
A time for journeying back to a place of warm memories…of comfort, family-style hospitality, classic elegance, and Tahoe’s version of Mediterranean hospitality—your second home. A family-run Lake Tahoe resort since 1945, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista, California has always been a destination for discovery, peace, tranquilly and yes, the best Lake Tahoe adventures. We are here for you; from the heart, waiting to set you free!
Why You Should Enjoy Lake Tahoe Before the Summer Rush
If your next visit seeks exploration, let Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort help guide you on this journey—mountainside to lakeside. In fact, now is the ideal time to wander into one of the most fabled and exhilarating Lake Tahoe trail experiences of the season and before Memorial Day weekend.
Exploring the Rubicon Trail
Enjoyed and awed by both the fearless seeking boulder and cliff, and the weekend getaway adventurers, this is the time to explore the West Shore of Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89 towards South Lake Tahoe. One such breathtaking outing is the Rubicon Trail from D.L. Bliss to Emerald Bay State Park, just a 39-minute scenic drive from our resort in Tahoe Vista, CA. The trail is at lake elevation, literally just above the water’s edge, so although there may be patches of snow the trail is mostly clear—even now.
There are a few different entry points, but we recommend beginning at Calawee Cove Beach at D.L. Bliss State Park. For the easiest parking and minimal climb upon return to your car, park as close to the lake as possible in the State Park and head south on the Rubicon Trail above Rubicon Point. Another option for those seeking a one-way adventure is to bring a second car and park further south at Emerald Bay State Park for a 5 mile, one-way hike.
Go as little or as long as you’d like, hugging the lake most of the way. No matter the duration or route you choose, it is all yours for the exploration. The trail remains relatively level with granite steps where needed. If you choose the one-way, your climb out at Emerald Bay is a short but steep, 15-minute paved ascent. Either way the trail offers the most dramatic vistas, some from granite cliffs hundreds of feet above and others skirting just above lake’s edge. The trail also follows sandy beaches, the famed Vikingsholm (although not yet open for the season) —all leading to the mouth of the enchanting Eagle Falls, the most brilliant of all waterfalls at Lake Tahoe. A spiritually-intense experience of nature’s power.
But, it is not destination as much as the journey on this trail. You will be mystified, step by step, between indigo-blue water, solid granite mountain peaks and endless sky. Sight a bald-eagle, mid-flight soaring just overhead. Cross gurgling streams. Smell the groves of incense cedars lining your path. Peer deep into still waters below. From Spring to Fall you might even see boats of scuba divers exploring the nearby depths.
A certainty is that your day will be filled with adventure, awe, and exhilarating magic. And, whenever your day’s journey welcomes you back to Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, we will be ready for you!
Our Lake Tahoe Resort is Just Minute’s from Grand Adventures
At Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, it’s time to relax, enjoy and cherish. Take restful sanctuary on our private beach. Stillness and reflection snuggled in a warm blanket peering in golden light across the lake, retracing your day’s moments until the brilliant Tahoe night’s sky takes you away.
Ready to book your Lake Tahoe spring vacation? Call our family-friendly Lake Tahoe resort today. Adventure awaits!