Tahoe Rim Trail, Tahoe City, California
Why Run It: The "Rim Trail," as locals call it, circumnavigates crystal blue Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada range, crossing over the California and Nevada border. The trail, in its entirety, is 168 hard miles long. But running sections of it, like the 5-mile bit from Ward Canyon on the West Shore of the lake to Page Meadows and on to Tahoe City (or, out-and-back with small loops through the meadows), serves up fall beauty and a pleasant, not-too-hilly run. Starting on the Rim Trail section from Ward Canyon (heading west from Highway 89, a few miles south of Tahoe City), the trail climbs briefly before entering Page Meadows — a flat, gorgeous landscape with five interlocking meadows. Aspen tree leaves flutter gold in the fall, and mellow, meandering dirt paths offer small loops off the Rim Trail.
More Info: tahoerimtrail.org