Lake Tahoe in Winter

Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to be at Lake Tahoe after several feet of fresh snow. It was challenging because of the amount of snow but well worth it! I was with three other people and we snowshoed in pretty deep snow to get to different locations. It was an amazing trip that I'll never forget.

I drove up on Friday and was able to get a few shots at Sand Harbor in the afternoon and at sunset. I've always wanted to see all of these beautiful boulders covered with pillows of snow and was finally able to see and photograph it!


Sand Harbor in Winter

Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor Sunset

The next morning we all met early at Emerald Bay, driving until Hwy 89 was closed (due to avalanche risk) and parked. From there we snowshoed to this location for sunrise and weren't disappointed.

Emerald Bay Sunrise


From there we drove north on Hwy 89 and stopped at a couple of spots. With all of the snow piled on the side of the road it was difficult to find pullouts. We then stopped at the Truckee River, which was so beautiful with so much snow.

Truckee River


After lunch we drove around the North Shore over to the East side of the lake to a location just south of Sand Harbor, and snowshoed down a steep embankment almost to the lake's edge. This was the hardest snowshoeing I've ever done due to the steepness and the deep snow. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos here that I liked but it was beautiful and I enjoyed pushing myself physically. After sunset we snowshoed back up the road, half of which was in the dark. What an adventure!

While traveling in the Sierra can be challenging in winter, especially after several feet of snow, if you fine a window where the roads are clear and safe it's well worth the trip just to see the beauty of winter in the Sierra.

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