From Jackson, CA take hwy 88 north about 75 miles. From Tahoe, take hwy 89 about 25 miles and from the border of Nevada take 88 south about 6 miles.
Hope Valley is an area on the California side of the Sierras where hwys 88 & 89 intersect. It boasts many lakes and hiking trails and the Carson river runs right through the valley. There is a small patch of Aspens that turn a vibrant array of colors come fall. Some years are better than others. 2012 was not the most colorful year but as you can see it is still quite beautiful.