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Brooke | 09/10/2021 | Biking, 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 perfection. The changing season brings vibrant colors to the Dogwood and Oak trees that surround the lake. Get outside and see all the gold, but without the rush. 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. Other sites, like the historic, Jesse Ross Cabin, were not impacted by the fire. This autumn, wake up early, get coffee, and then go find it all.          

Let's paint a picture. For early birds, the sun is rising. For night owls, the sun has dipped below the horizon, and the pinkish alpenglow is all around. 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 located in The Pines Village. The Pines Resort is open in all four seasons. So no matter what time of year you visit, you'll have fresh, Californian cuisine available. Casa Velasco has authentic family recipes, tasty salsas, crowd-pleasing favorites, and of course, margaritas too. Back at The Pines Resort discover to-die-for breakfast dishes and dinner views worth dressing up for at Ducey's on the Lake. Upstairs, find a casual setting, and massive portions at Ducey's Bar and Grill. At Bass Lake, come for the views, stay for the food, and you won't be disappointed.     

Bass Lake is surrounded by top-rated mountain biking trails. Enthusiasts from around the globe praise the thrills found on trails like; double-o-seven, triple-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 located the best trails, and shred some serious dirt. 

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

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