It's the first time the Enduro World Series has visted California, and we couldn't be more excited that round seven is taking place in Northstar in the beautiful North Lake Tahoe region. If you're lucky enough to be heading to the race to compete or spectate, here's what to do when you're not hitting the trail or cheering on the racers from behind the tape.
North Lake Tahoe is home to the largest alpine lake in North America and is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The region boasts dozens of sandy beaches, hundreds of miles of pristine land and water trails, and twelve individual mountain communities. This summer enjoy mountain top and lakeside activities, including outdoor music, world-class beaches, festivals, hiking, biking and more.
Top Ten Things to do in North Lake Tahoe this Summer:
Get on the Lake–– The best way to experience the majesty of the lake is to get on it. Take a sailing charter with Tahoe Sailing Charters; go on a yacht cruise on the Tahoe Gal; book a bar hopping tour with Stellar Tahoe; learn a wakesport with AWS Incline; or take sunset clear kayak tour with Clearly Tahoe or Wild Society–– the possibilities are endless.
The best way to experience North Lake Tahoe? On the water!
Dive Shipwrecks in Emerald Bay––The new Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail offers an underwater exploration of shipwrecks scattered across the bottom of Emerald Bay. Scuba divers can descend to these pristinely preserved watercraft, each with its own unique history, and explore the scuttled vessels in one of the most majestic settings in the nation.
Wildflower Hikes–– North Lake Tahoe’s mountain valleys and trails bloom with multi-color wildflowers. The famous Flume Trail can be conquered in a day and offers views of three alpine lakes. For a shorter outing, Monkey Rock features the best panoramic view of the lake and a curious monkey shaped boulder accessible with less than a mile walk.
Ascend Squaw’s famed Tram Face on an Alps-style route–– Alpenglow Expeditions’ Via Ferrata in Squaw Valley takes an age-old Alps idea — a climbing route made even more accessible by the security of a steel cable — and brings its stateside to the valley’s iconic Tram Face. Climbers of all ages and abilities can climb the towering granite cliff and enjoy spectacular views of the valley far below.
Hit the Trail on a Mountain Bike–– Tahoe Adventure Company offers guided mountain biking experiences among other adventures, while race venue Northstar California Bike Park is the largest lift-served bike park on the West Coast, and offers a Specialized Bike Academy for all abilities.
Experience the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail–– Ditch the car and embrace North Lake Tahoe’s "Human Powered Sports" culture. Hike, bike or paddle to the nearest watering hole with this interactive map.
Live music at sunset
Live Music at the Lake North Lake Tahoe offers summerlong live music experiences, from weekly free music on the beach to music festivals in the mountains. Kings Beach’s Friday night Music on the Beach series delivers the best of both worlds — live music and a world-class lakefront setting. Tahoe City’s Concerts at Common Beach serve up a similar vibe on the other side of North Lake Tahoe, with a packed lineup of bands playing all summer long every Sunday afternoon.
Discover the diversity of beaches––Tahoe Public Beaches provides a helpful guide to the lake’s more than 40 public beaches. For a classic family beach day, visit Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Sand Harbor or Commons Beach. Replete with sandy shores, several offer barbeque grills, activity rentals, live music, local restaurants and boutiques. Discover the region’s secret beaches at Chimney Beach, Skunk Harbor and Hidden Beach, which can all be accessed by a short hike, and are favorite local spots for a laid-back beach experience. Check out Waterman’s Landing at the dog friendly Patton Beach, offering paddle craft rentals and a farm-to-table cafe. The outfitter even allows paddlers to bring their pups on their paddle craft.
Bask in the alpenglow on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival–– Enjoy a perfect midsummer’s night eve featuring Shakespeare performances at Sand Harbor, one of Tahoe's most breathtaking beaches, July through August. This year, the festival showcases The Taming of the Shrew and Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony-winning rock n’ roll tribute.
Work up an appetite on one of the area's many trails before hitting up the region's bars and restaurants.
Eat lakeside, eat fireside, eat local. After a morning of boating on the lake, dock your boat at one of the region’s lakeside restaurants for farm-to-table California cuisine. At Gar Woods Grill & Pier, indulge in the infamous Wet Woody cocktail from the restaurant’s lakeside deck, or buoy-up at West Shore Cafe in Homewood. Head to Thunderbird Lodge for a tour of the historic estate followed by a winemaker’s dinner and be sure to stop by Lone Eagle Grill for stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. For a more eclectic dining experience, check out the Steak and Lobster House at Crystal Bay Club and be transported back to the Rat Pack era.