Tahoe’s colors of fall

Fall colors line the West Fork of the Carson River near Hope Valley. | Photography by Michael Bruno, mbrunophoto.com, @mbrunophoto

The colors of fall are brilliant, mesmerizing and fleeting in the Tahoe Sierra. So, as they emerge around the region, don’t wait to head out and enjoy them. One of my favorite areas to enjoy fall color is Hope Valley and Markleeville south of Lake Tahoe. This area also has been one of the hardest hit in our region by wildfires.

The region was hit by the Tamarack Fire that started on July 4 and then the Caldor Fire that started on Aug. 14 that reached areas in nearby Kirkwood. Two wildfires in one season is not only devasting to the residents, the wildlife and the forest, but it’s also devasting on the economy.

Hope Valley, Markleeville and Woodfords are open for business and are eager to welcome visitors to enjoy the fall colors and help support the local economy, according to Becky DeForest, executive director of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce.

“My favorite spots are up Woodfords Canyon, Luther Pass and Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass),” Becky said of her picks for fall color.

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the fall color, take a drive to Alpine County and be sure to plan on enjoying a meal at a local restaurant. For updated conditions, call the chamber at (530) 694-2475.

My personal recommendation is to book a stay for a night or two in the area to fully enjoy the experience. Cell phone coverage is always limited in Alpine County, so don’t count on your map app working; carry a paper map. Read my story on visiting Hope Valley last fall at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

Wildfire danger continues
While fall has brought cooler nights, it also brings with it strong winds that increase the risk of wildfires in our drought-stricken region. The winds also bring falling pine needles and leaves, which provide fuel for wildfires.

In the last part of our “Preparing for Wildfires” series, we share some valuable information on creating and maintaining defensible space around your home, as well as information on how to be ember aware. Embers can be carried more than 1 mile from a fire and can easily spark a fire if combustible materials on and around your home are present.

You can find our full series to help prepare your family and your home for wildfires at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

Kudos to Kayla Anderson
I wanted to congratulate Kayla Anderson, one of our long-time writers, who recently took home three awards for her work with the Sparks Tribune newspaper from the Nevada Press Association.

All of our contributors to Tahoe Weekly are freelancers and they make their living writing for us as well as other newspapers, magazines and digital publications. Kayla’s thoughtful writing telling the stories of the people and places that shape our community for the Tahoe Weekly is greatly appreciated and a valuable part of our magazine. I’m proud of her and of all our wonderful and talented contributors.

Wildfire info & resources
Click on Wildfire Safety under the Get Outside menu