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Sun Salutations: Morning Exercises Perfect at Sunrise

Avoid the summer crowds and jump-start your day with the following sunrise activities around Lake Tahoe.

Paddle into Flawless Views
Dawn can be the calmest time on the lake. Launch your kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Lakeview Commons or Timber Cove for a breathtaking sight of the sun rising.

Directions: Both launching points have rentals available and are located off Highway 50. Lakeview Commons: intersection of Lakeview Avenue and Highway 50. Timber Cove: 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd./Highway 50.

Exercise Level: Easy to moderate

Amble Above Echo Lake 

On this short hike, watch the sun rise with a panorama of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Directions: Drive west on Highway 50 from Meyers. Turn right on Echo Summit/Johnson Pass Road.  Follow to the Echo Chalet parking lot. Walk across the dam. Follow the footpath behind the second trail-information sign for a short climb.
Exercise Level: Easy
Summit South Maggies Peak
Enjoy a steep, intense early-morning workout with postcard views of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, and Lake Tahoe.  The hike up takes about 45 minutes at a brisk pace.

Directions: Take Highway 89 to Emerald Bay and park at Bayview Campground across from Inspiration Point. Follow trail signs to Granite Lake.  At Granite Lake, hike up the trail until you reach the saddle between the two peaks.  In a few hundred feet, take a left (south) and make your ascent through lightly forested terrain.

Exercise Level:
Moderate to difficult

Remember to bring layers, a headlamp, map, snacks, water, and sunscreen. Check the weather ahead of time and let someone know your route and when you expect to be back.