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Top summer photo locations at Lake Tahoe

Jul 1st 2014

Heavenly Observation Deck Summer

So, you’re headed to Lake Tahoe for a summer break. Knowing the best places to capture the moment can be challenging, since this place is so. darn. scenic. We’re here to help. Check out some photo op recommendations from the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts below, along with a few of my favorite spots.

While at Squaw Valley, a photo from the High Camp Deck at 8,200 feet is a must. Panoramic views of pristine Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada serve as a backdrop to your family photo, selfie, or straight up scenic photo. The Aerial Tram offers additional photo opportunities as you climb 2,000 vertical feet over Squaw’s legendary granite rock formations on your way up to High Camp.

Northstar California’s Monument Peak boasts excellent views of Lake Tahoe to the south and the Sierra Crest to the west. You can even see Heavenly, Northstar’s sister resort, from here (which is across the lake). Access it by taking the Big Springs Gondola from the Village to mid-mountain, and then hopping on Vista Express to the Tahoe Trail. Hike or bike the Tahoe Trail to the East Ridge trail and then continue to the summit of Mt. Pluto. From here, follow Monument Trail (Trail 40) out to Monument Peak. Note that these trails are multi-use cross-country biking and hiking.

If you’re headed to Heavenly, be sure to get off at the Heavenly Observation Deck on your way up the Gondola. Here you can gape at the views as you wander around the 14,000 foot platform, snap panoramic photos of the shore to shore views of Lake Tahoe, and enjoy a unique perspective of the Desolation Wilderness.

Kirkwood’s Caples Crest lift is a scenic (and not too strenuous) way to gain elevation - and views. From the top of the chairlift on the ridge you have two different backdrops; a beautiful wildflower meadow to one side and dramatic peaks, including Round Top (elevation 10,381 feet), to the other.

Emerald Bay’s recognizable views can be captured from Emerald Bay State Park, Inspiration Point, or along one of the pullouts as you drive north on Highway 89. Ambitious photographers may want to park at the Bayview trailhead and hike up towards Desolation Wilderness. The trail winds up above Emerald Bay, offering different vantage points for those who enjoy a birds-eye view.

On the other side of the lake, Sand Harbor State Park’s north side is where you’ll find iconic large boulders and clear blue water. Located three miles south of Incline Village on State Route 28, the park and beach fill up fast on the weekends, so plan accordingly. Hint: sunsets are incredible here.

So, have at it. Happy shooting, and look forward to seeing those #TahoeSummer photos.

Photo: Heavenly

Posted by Jenn Gleckman 



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