Top Dog Friendly Lake Tahoe Trails
Are you looking for a way to make your excellent Lake Tahoe adventures even greater? Well, bringing your furry best friend with you on the trail makes it so much more rewarding. Not only will they keep you motivated when the trail gets tough, but it’s a great bonding experience too. There are endless places in Tahoe to explore with your dog, so to make it easy we have wrangled up a few of our favorite dog-friendly hikes in Tahoe South.
Eagle Lake Trail
Eagle Lake trail is a two-mile round trip hike located directly across from the world-famous Emerald Bay. The trail begins calm and level before reaching the roaring waters of Eagle Falls (if you visit early enough in the season) within 10 minutes, and could easily be turned into an easy loop if you’re limited on time or have a disability. If your adventuring heart pushes you on, you’ll soon escape uphill into the heart of Desolation Wilderness (free permit is required & supplied at the trailhead). When you reach the fork, stay right to reach Eagle lake in about 20-25 more minutes. The trail can be crowded at times and dogs must be kept on a leash, but the reward is definitely worth it.
Fallen Leaf Lake Trail
The Eastern shore of Fallen Leaf Lake is the perfect trail when you want a mellow hike or walk with your dog in nature. The trail starts on the North end and parking can be found on the numerous turnouts of the rough Fallen Leaf road. The views are impressive as you look at Mt. Tallac sitting in the backdrop and reflecting off the lake. The well-traveled path is easily marked and takes you along the ridge overlooking Fallen Leaf Lake. Along the trail, you will see remnants of an early 1900’s era cabin, which serves as a great spot for you and your dog to take in a beautiful Tahoe sunset. The elevation gain is gradual and could be extended into a large loop of eight miles traveling the entirety of the Fallen Leaf Lake shores.
Echo Lakes Trail
High above Echo Summit sits Echo Lakes and Marina. Depending on the time of year, parking can be tricky as there are limited parking spots. Following past the marina, the trailhead appears and you begin traveling around the North side of Lower Echo Lake. The transition between Lower and Upper Echo Lakes offers your dog the perfect chance to get a drink of water and go for a nice swim break. The scenic views of the lakes, small cabins, mini waterfalls, and rock formations will keep you engaged through this hike. At the end of the Upper Echo Lake trail will be the trailhead for Lake Aloha and other areas of Desolation Wilderness, if you want to take your day hike to the next level!
The choices are endless and your next dog-friendly Lake Tahoe adventure awaits. Regardless of what trail you choose, Hotel Azure is the perfect place to rest after a sun-filled adventuring day. (Learn about our dog-friendly hotel rooms here!)