Explore Tahoe’s trails, lakes & festivals

Artist Emilie Kashtan’s “Salmon at Taylor Creek, Lake Tahoe” was created with dyes on silk. Kashtan is one of the dozens of artists participating in open studio art tours throughout the region this week. Kashtan’s studio in Tahoe Vista will be open as part of the North Tahoe Art’s ARTour on July 27 and 28. As well, the Tahoe Art League is hosting its 13th annual Artists Studio Tour on July 27 and 28. Details on both tours are available in this edition and at TheTahoeWeekly.com; click on Arts & Culture. | northtahoearts.com, talart.org

There are many ways to explore and enjoy the Tahoe Sierra – and we have a sampling of some of those ways spread throughout this edition.

First, Tim Hauserman goes on one of his early summer hikes to explore some of the high mountain lakes of Desolation Wilderness. There are several ways to explore the back country, and for this feature Tim started at the Meeks Bay trail on the West Shore, venturing to Lake Genevieve, Crag Lake and The Tallant Lakes, with a side trip to Meeks Creek Falls.

Next up, Tim headed to Camp Richardson (he doesn’t sit still for long) to start a cycling tour of South Lake Tahoe on the area’s bike paths and trails to take in the scenery ending up on Nevada Beach, where he took the Lake Tahoe Water Taxi back to Camp Richardson. The many bike trails and paths are a great way to enjoy the sights around the region and avoid the summer traffic.

Meanwhile, Family Editor Michelle Allen was faced with the daunting task of coaxing and cajoling a 6 year old who didn’t want to make a seven-tenths of a mile walk to the top of Eagle Rock to enjoy one of the most breathtaking (and easy to access) panoramic views in the Tahoe Sierra.

As there is in every edition, it’s jam packed with things to do in the next week. Sean McAlindin talked to Svetlana Smolina, who will be performing at the 11-day Classical Tahoe festival, while Priya Hutner talked to musicians who bring the funk and fun to the Guitarfish Music Festival.

And, you’ll want to enjoy another fun-filled weekend of art as the Tahoe Art League kicks off two weekends of its annual Artist Studio Tour on the South Shore, and North Tahoe Arts wraps its ARTour on the North Shore and Truckee. (And there’s still much, much more to enjoy.)

Ultimate Tahoe Summer Bucket List

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In this edition: #32, #78 and #85