Snowy Tahoe Elopement + 3 of My Favorite Spots to Explore in Tahoe

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The first time I really got to explore Tahoe was the winter Zeke (my boyfriend!) worked as a ski patroller up there. We got snowed in a few times, but on days when the snow wasn’t too wild or he wasn’t working a long shift, we got to explore. I still feel that there is so much for me to discover in the mountains surrounding Tahoe, but I was lucky to explore around the lake for this elopement inspired Tahoe session. Keep scrolling to see three amazing spots in the Tahoe area:

  1. Donner Lake - Truckee

    If you’re coming in towards North Lake, you’ll drive past Truckee on your way into the lake. Besides the cutest downtown area (especially when it’s snow covered), Truckee is home to Donner Lake. A small hike in to the lake, you’ll head through a snow covered forest in the winter to the lake area. Definitely worth the small hike out - but remember to bring some boots for the winter so your socks don’t get soaked!

2. Squaw Valley

Another stop on the way down to the lake, Squaw Valley - just before Squaw Alpine Resort - is a gorgeous valley surrounded by snow-topped mountains. This spot is breathtaking year round, but we did have to trudge through a bit of snow to get to the center of the valley. We may have froze a little bit between throwing snow in the air and getting knee deep in the snow along the path.

3. Eagle Rock Hike & Viewpoint

Out near Homewood, Eagle Rock is a small .7 mile hike up above the lake that gives epic views of the mountains, forest, and lake surrounding the area. I’ve done this hike a few times over the summer where it’s a a little bit easier, though it was quite an adventure heading up the mountain when it was snowy and icy. Just be sure to bring good shoes with a lot of grip since it was pretty slippery at certain parts.