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Brooke | 08/21/2023Biking, Fishing, Food & Beverage, Forest Bathing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Nature, Plan Your Trip, Seasons, Water Activities, Wildlife |   

Our Five Favorite Reasons to Visit Bass Lake in Fall

Nestled in the Sierra mountains, Bass Lake sits above the fog of California's Central Valley, below the clouds of the higher elevations. The temperature is perfect. The changing season brings vibrant colors to the Dogwood and Oak trees surrounding the lake. With kids back to school this fall, you and your travel partner will have the place to yourself. Explore the various hiking trails at Bass Lake and discover fall colors hidden in an evergreen forest.  

Fall serenity along the shores of Bass Lake

Serene and peaceful views can be yours during Autumn at Bass Lake 

The Sierra Nevada mountains are primed with day trips to incredible places. From Bass Lake, take Beasore Road to Globe Rock. This round piece of granite is a naturally occurring balanced rock, or as they are sometimes called, "precarious boulder." Don't miss this and other incredible sites along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. On the Southern side of the byway, Mile High Vista is accessible and offers firsthand views of a transformed landscape from the 2020 Creek Fire. The fire did not impact other sites, like the historic Jesse Ross Cabin. This fall, wake up early, get coffee, and then find it all.          

Let's paint a picture. The water of Bass Lake is as smooth as glass. And with a paddle in hand, you set out to explore the quiet shoreline by kayak or SUP. The sandy beaches and hidden coves of Bass Lake hold an abundance of wildlife. The creatures of the Sierra Nevada are busy preparing for winter. Spot ducks, geese, hawks, bald eagles, chipmunks, mule deer, and perhaps even a black bear. The wonders of the Sierra Range are endless. 

Canoeing around Bass Lake

Fall is an ideal time to rent a canoe and explore Bass Lake

Exploring works up an appetite, and this region has lots to discover. When you're ready for refreshments, find an oasis of comfort at the many shops and restaurants in The Pines Village. The Village is open in all four seasons. So, no matter what time of year you visit, fresh Californian cuisine will be available. 

Casa Velasco has authentic family recipes, tasty salsas, crowd-pleasing favorites, and, of course, margaritas too. 

Back at The Pines Resort, discover breakfast, brunch, and dinner views worth dressing up for at Ducey's on the Lake. Upstairs, find a casual setting, lunch, and dinner at Ducey's Bar and Grill. Come for the views, stay for the food, and you won't be disappointed.     

Top-rated mountain biking trails surround Bass Lake. Enthusiasts around the globe praise the thrills found on trails like; double-o-seven and Goat Mountain Lookout. Pedal Forward Bikes and Adventure has rental equipment, like bikes, helmets, and racks. This bike shop and welcome center is a resource for newbies in the region. Pedal Forward can help you locate the best trails and shred some serious dirt. They offer guided rides and hikes, too. 

It is all about traditions in Yosemite's southern gateway towns. The cooler season brings special regional events like Sierra Art Trails, Pines Village Craft Fairs, live music, wine tasting, and more. Book a romantic lakeside suite and take advantage of the jacuzzi bathtub. Or keep it warm and cozy in a private chalet with a wood-burning fireplace. Create a new tradition with your loved one this fall. 

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