We’ve got three hikes that pair well with some can’t-miss culinary gems. Read on for our pairing suggestions!
Lily Lake Trail + Divided Sky
Love spectacular views when hiking? The newest trail in South Lake Tahoe over-delivers, with expansive views of Mt. Tallac, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Lake Tahoe. Lily Lake is a 1.65 trail that connects Lily Lake, located at Glen Alpine behind Fallen Leaf Lake, with Angora Lakes Resort.
Park at Angora Lakes Resort (note there is a $10 parking fee) and head up the trail. At the top of the ridge, follow signs to Lily Lake, which descends gradually. Fallen Leaf Lake is to your right, and there are several viewpoints and even a bench, perfect for photo opportunities and rest stops. The trail continues to wrap around and descend through rocky zones and forested areas until it reaches the Lily Lake trailhead parking lot. Proceed as far down the path as you like but remember, what goes down must also go up!
If you have energy after you get to the parking lot, consider heading up to Angora Lakes Resort for views, a swim, and their unforgettable lemonade.
Pair that hike with lunch at The Divided Sky in Meyers, a local bar and restaurant known for its cocktails, creative broiled sandwiches, and rotating soups. The Flagpole (sun-dried tomato pesto, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, grilled onions, Parmesan, and Mozzarella on Ciabatta) is a strong finish to a solid day of hiking and pairs well with one of their IPAs on tap. If you have room after, split a piece of their carrot cake – or take a piece home with you.
Van Sickle Trail + Azul Latin Kitchen
A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Stateline, Van Sickle Bi-State Park is a unique park overlooking Lake Tahoe that straddles the California/Nevada border. It’s easily the most accessible park at Lake Tahoe, so you will likely share the trail and views with a few friends. But, trust us, it’s well worth it!
Several easy to moderate trails feature rocky outcroppings, jaw-dropping views, and a waterfall or two. The primary route, the Van Sickle Connector, takes you to the Tahoe Rim Trail, though you don’t have to climb it all the way to get a taste of the incredible views of the Tahoe Basin and surrounding peaks.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Azul Latin Kitchen, located at the Heavenly Village, to fuel up on Cal-Mex dishes like classic fish tacos, carnitas bowls, and shrimp ceviche, best paired with one of their refreshing beers on tap or a signature Michelada. For those wanting something more potent, their Margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed juices (so they’re healthy).
Monte Vista Trail + El Dorado Saloon & Grill
The Monte Vista Trail, located in El Dorado Hills near Folsom Lake, is a scenic three-mile loop that boasts various views, including the South Fork of the American River as it curves toward Folsom Lake. You may see wildflowers, green meadows, and birds depending on the time of year. It’s also home to poison oak in the summer, so be on the lookout and stay on the trail when exploring at that time of year.
This is a popular route for equestrians, so be sure to give them the right of way if you are on foot. Off Salmon Falls Road, the trailhead also accesses the Brown’s Ravine trail and New York Creek for a longer hike for the more adventurous.
Treat yourself to Al fresco dining on the large outdoor patio under a sprawling majestic oak tree at the El Dorado Saloon & Grill. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, you will find a friendly vibe and varied menu. As you might suspect the nachos, burgers, and tri-tip are all popular choices. But don’t ignore the ceviche or mix-and-match tacos. This local spot is family-owned and dog-friendly, with a full bar