The US Forest Service manages a large portion of the land in the South Lake Tahoe area, so the chances of hiking on managed lands are strong. Luckily the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit allows four-legged companions in these areas as long as they are accompanied by responsible owners. If you just arrived to South Lake, keep in mind that like yourself, your little buddy will have to adjust to the altitude. Great hikes to take with your dog include the 10-mile round-trip trek to the top of Mt. Tallac, the open meadows of Grass Lake Meadow and the scenic Susie Lake Trail through the Desolation Wilderness. Remember to keep your dog on a six-foot leash and practice Leave No Trace ethics by using pick up bags.
If crystal blue waters and relaxing on the sand sounds appealing, then grab your beach blanket and dog biscuits and head to Kiva Beach. Just north of the South Lake Tahoe Y intersection on Highway 89, Kiva Beach offers all the amenities needed for a relaxing day of fun in the sun. If you are looking to take in some South Lake Tahoe history while enjoying a sunny day at the beach, then check out the Tallac Historic Site. The US Forest Service now preserves the remains of this once famed summer resort. Guided tours are available during the summer months, but the site is open year round.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
If you are visiting South Lake Tahoe in the winter, take advantage of the bountiful cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities and don't forget your faithful companion. Most hiking trails throughout the back country of South Lake Tahoe make ideal winter trails as well. If you have an active dog over thirty pounds why not outfit him with ice resistant booties and a sturdy harness for a skijoring adventure through Angora Road or Echo Lakes. In this cross between dog sledding and cross-country skiing, the skier continues to ski or break depending on the terrain while Fido pulls her along. Make sure both you and your dog are properly equipped and ready before skijoring across long distances.
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.