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What’s Great About the “End of Summer” in Tahoe?

It’s that peculiar time in Tahoe past Labor Day when everyone seems to be worried about the “end of summer.” There’s a frenzy to squeeze in one more beach day at Donner Lake or one more mountain bike ride on the Flume Trail. But here at Alpenglow, we’re kind of wondering what everyone is getting so worked up about. After all, autumn is tied with spring and summer as our second favorite season (of course, winter is our first love!) September and October are prime for a good time: the Tahoe crowds dwindle, temps are pleasant, and the days are still long enough to fit in a solid day of adventuring.

So cast your autumn-dread aside, and we’ll show you how to maximize the current season in Tahoe! Without further adieu, Here are the top four things we things we love to do in Tahoe at “the end of summer.”


Alpenglow’s Fall Tahoe Favorites:


1. Rock Climbing in Tahoe

Cool mornings and sending temps all day

September/October in Tahoe means perfect climbing temps on Donner Summit & Lovers Leap. We can’t get enough of the cool mornings and sending temps all day. Fall always means less crowds at the crag, and we love being able to waltz straight up to our favorite route without waiting in line. After a long day of climbing, nothing beats tailgating at the base of the crag in your favorite puffy when the evening autumn chill creeps in. Bring on Rock-tober!


2. Leaf Peeping on the Tahoe Via Ferrata

The bright willow trees and quaking aspens really pop against the deep green fir and pine trees.

The @TahoeVia is hands down the best vantage point to survey the gorgeous fall foliage of Squaw Valley. When the temperatures start to dip, that’s when we’ll start to see the golden yellows and red-oranges hues of the autumn leaves. The bright willow trees and quaking aspens really pop against the deep green fir and pine trees. Come out and see Squaw Valley transform into a colorful mountainscape this fall.


3. The Start of the Fall Climbing Season in the Himalaya

First up on the schedule, Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent:

This September and October is a triple strike for Alpenglow: we are sending three expeditions to the Himalaya! We have teams headed to climb above 8,000m on Cho Oyu, teams looking to challenging themselves technically on Ama Dablam, and a team looking to take in the beauty of the Khumbu Valley on an Everest Base Camp Trek.

First up on the schedule, Cho Oyu Rapid Ascent: Alpenglow teams will begin to travel across the Tibetan Plateau to base camp. Follow along!


4. Sweet Deals on Pre-season Avalanche Courses

Guide Tim Dobbins teaches AIARE 1

If you’re planning to dip into the backcountry this season, be sure you are prepared with solid knowledge of avalanches first. Sign up early for the best deal on your AIARE course. We’re offering AIARE 1 and AIARE 2 for $499 with code “Avy19” until the first snow of the season.

Book Your AIARE 1

Stay tuned for other pre-season deals on our winter programs. Or better yet, shoot us an email and tell us what course you want take this season.


So many autumn delights to look forward to… BYE SUMMER, next please!


Where to?

Alpenglow Expeditions

For information on any of our other expeditions check out our website. For any questions call our office at 877-873-5376 or send us an email We hope to climb with you soon!