The Lake is Back! Experience Summer at its Best in North Lake Tahoe
June 1, 2023 | Jill Amen
Summer 2023, Bring it On!
This Summer in North Lake Tahoe is about experiences: Exploring something new, spending special moments with friends and family, and finding time just for you. Boat ramps are launching, the lake is brimming, the sun is high, and solstice is just around the corner.
Time to awaken your inner child, play with your family, and immerse yourself in our awe-inspiring great outdoors: On trail, lake, river and beach. With each Blog we’ll highlight fun and new adventures, our fantastic MLRTahoe resort activities and offerings, and share our commitment to environmental stewardship. Whether you do it all or noting at all, this is your Experience Guide to get the most out of your Lake Tahoe vacation. Bring it on, Summer!
Lake Tahoe’s Back
It’s been called liquid sapphire for a reason. Its transitioning hues of blues to turquoise dive to the abyss of 1645 feet. One of the clearest in the world, Lake Tahoe stretches 72 miles and now brims full at nearly 39 trillion gallons. The Lake is back in full splendor. It’s about summer adventure, awe and fun.
Take the plunge – Full disclosure: Yes, it’s still a chill with temperatures in the mid-to- high 50s, but warming to as high as 68-70 degrees by mid-Summer. So why not go for the rush and take that primal plunge!
Get on the Water – Summer on Lake Tahoe means kayaking, paddleboarding or a hydrobike paddle. If you are a guest at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, enjoy one of these self-propelled adventures—all included in your resort stay . And, ski boat rentals are available for adrenalin seeking skiers and wake-boarders, right from the resort.
Beach it – No doubt, the beach is the place to be this Summer. Soak up these sunny days on our 275 feet of private, sandy beachfront where loungers and umbrellas, water-craft, fire pits, beach yoga and “Music on the Beach” capture the quintessential Lake Tahoe experience. Check out our Summer beach activities guide to see what’s awaiting you.
No matter where you are on Lake Tahoe, you can find great public beaches and water-craft rentals—all surrounded by snow capped mountains and forested shoreline. Try the State Park Beach in Kings Beach where you can enjoy plenty of beach activities, concerts and more.
Chill to some Summer Vibes – Kickback for some great local talent with local and world-class musicians and bands all summer long. Time to let loose and soak up some irresistible beats. The experiences are endless with a diverse range of free concerts throughout North Lake Tahoe including Mourelatos Beachside Resort’s “Summer on the Beach” series.
Hit the Trails
Lace up your Boots – With hundreds of miles of winding trails and pathways, the Lake Tahoe region is a haven for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Each trail, no matter how gentle or steep, offers a unique adventure through stunning landscapes, scenic vistas, lush forests, rushing waterfalls and crystal-clear alpine lakes. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, explorer or wanderer, North Lake Tahoe has a trail for you. So, lace up your hiking boots and get out for a leisurely stroll or a heart-pumping ascent, and follow our Summer hiking guide for some of the best trails in Lake Tahoe.
Time to Peddle – Mountain bikers and bike riding enthusiasts know that North Lake Tahoe offers some of the best riding in the Sierra Nevada, with trails and terrain to suit riders all skill levels and interests—from family-friendly to technical single-tracks. Our landscape is diverse, with many trails and routes offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and the Truckee River. Here are some of our top picks sorted by family-friendly to challenging.
Off the Beaten Path Adventures
Try a new perspective this Summer with some mountain exploration and non-traditional hiking.
Climb a Rock – If it’s a mountain adventure you’re after, then add the Tahoe Via Ferrata to your must-do list. A highly exhilarating ascent with a real thrill factor, this climbing opportunity combines elements of rock climbing and mountaineering as you traverse up a mountain. Securely attached to safety cables at all times, you are guided up a fixed route of complex terrain along a rock face using a series of steel cables, ropes, ladders, and metal rungs. The great news is that no experience is required; you need nothing but your sense of adventure. Along the way, you will be awed with rugged granite, breathtaking and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Perhaps it’s time to push limits, conquer your fears and hang out on a wire.
Forest Bathing – Take a walk in the forest with mindful intention—a slow and meditative practice that encourages you to be fully present in the moment. It’s not about exercise or hiking, as you may only cover a distance of no more than a mile. It is about disconnecting and finding solace in nature. Self-guided forest explorations like forest bathing often promote a sense of calm, relaxation, rejuvenation and self-awareness—all while improving overall well-being.
Take the time to slow down and engage your senses. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and musty soil, feel the softness of the forest floor beneath your feet, listen to the soothing sounds of birds chirping, tune into running waters, find textures in trees and rocks and listen to the aspen leaves rustling in the wind, observe the intricate details of the flora and fauna that call the forest home, from towering pine trees to vibrant wildflowers. Whether you choose solo or a quite group find a quiet spot to sit and absorb the peacefulness of the forest, or simply stand still and embrace the serenity.
Try a peaceful stroll at the North Tahoe Regional Park, just behind MLRTahoe. Or, venture further to dozens of lush forested trails including Shirley Canyon, Desolation Wilderness, or explore dozens of other trails off the beaten path.
Share in the Stewardship of Lake Tahoe’s Natural Beauty
Summer is naturally a busy season, so before heading off to any of Lake Tahoe’s summer adventures, we encourage you to be mindful of the people and environment around you. Tips for responsible exploring this summer include:
- Be part of the solution: Utilize public transportation like TART to help get you around.
- Respect the environment by disposing of any trash responsibly.
- Always bring a hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.
- Check weather conditions before you go – while the summer is usually sunny, calm mornings often give way to windy or rainy afternoons.
- Be “Bear Aware” by removing any food from your car. Bears will and can break into your car.
- Be fire safe. No camp fires or fireworks of any kind.
- For more information on how to travel responsibly in North Lake Tahoe, see our Know Before You Go Guide.
This is your Summer. Let Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort be your basecamp for all things fun, relaxing, and adventurous. We’ve got it all: the best beachside and forest side lodging options on the Lake, outstanding customer service, and always, that quintessential Tahoe vibe. Book early. Have fun. Be safe!
Relax. Enjoy. Cherish.