Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in South Lake Tahoe, CA

There are 3 dog friendly hiking trails in South Lake Tahoe, and 9 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in South Lake Tahoe.

Pet Friendly Bijou Park
Bijou Park The Bijou park in South Lake Tahoe has tons of facilities, but also includes a free, fenced-in dog park where your pet can play off-leash. See Details
Pet Friendly U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Leashed dogs are welcome at Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Many dogs enjoy playing in the snow, and dogs in good shape will have great fun accompanying you on short cross-country or snowshoeing trips. Dogs should be on a 6-ft leash and have proper identification tags. See Details
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Van Sickle Bi-State Park is dog-friendly. There are lots of easy to moderate trails for dogs and their owners to enjoy. Many of them lead to lovely views of the largest alpine lake in North America and the surrounding peaks. The hours of this park vary depending on what time of year you visit. Call ahead to confirm that they will be open when you visit. The area is open to pedestrians year-round, sunrise to sunset; and to vehicles from May 1 to October 31, sunrise to sunset. Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash under six feet and all mess should be cleaned up after them. See Details
Truckee River Bike Trail The Truckee River Bike Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Tahoe City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Truckee River Bike Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Carson City Trail (V&T Rail-Trail) The Carson City Trail (V&T Rail-Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Carson City! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Carson City Trail (V&T Rail-Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Carson River Park Bring Fido to this 40-acre park area along the Carson River where dogs are allowed off-leash at all times. The dog-friendly park features picnic tables, an ADA accessible fishing pier, river ramp for non-motorized watercraft, decomposed granite walking paths, a trailhead parking lot, and enclosed portable toilets. See Details
Shirley Canyon Trail Branded as one of Lake Tahoe's best half-day hikes, Shirley Canyon Trail is dog-friendly! Dogs and their owners can hike alongside waterfalls, granite boulders, and views of Squaw Valley on this 3.6-mile trek. Shirley Canyon Trail can be difficult to follow, so owners are warned to wear hiking boots. Hikers should be sure to follow this general rule: "keep the creek on your right and follow it up for about 2.5 miles until you come to giant granite rock slabs. You will cross over this section and continue up to Shirley Lake." Information on how to access the trailhead, parking, hiking tips, and where dogs are not allowed in Squaw Valley can be found on its official website. Dogs must be leashed if on the AerialTram; however, owners can use their best judgment when deciding to leash them on the trail. See Details
Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park Dogs are allowed at paved areas, on campgrounds, and in the historic zone day use areas of Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. At this park, you'll discover nearly two miles of lake frontage and dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper. Unfortunately, Fido is not allowed on beaches, unpaved trails, or in undeveloped areas at the park. Before you visit, you should contact the park office directly for details on opening times. See Details
Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Rim Trail is dog-friendly. Regulations vary depending on what segment of the 165-mile long trail you are enjoying. Dogs on the trail should be kept leashed around other trail users, at trailheads, and on steep or slippery terrain. Make sure your dog is also under voice control at all times. The multi-use trail is on the banks of Lake Tahoe and has views of mountain cascades in the distance. See Details
Ward Creek Dogs are allowed on a leash at Ward Creek Park Property. This small park is located just three miles down the road from Tahoe City. You and Fido can freely wander the meadows of blooming wildflowers down to the babbling creek, but make sure you stay on the trails to maintain the area's wildlife. Access to the trails can be found at the Highway 89 bike path, or you can park at one of the trailheads off Timberland Drive. See Details
Flume Trail The Flume Trail Mountain Bike Ride is pet-friendly. This moderately difficult one way 14 mile ride includes over a 1000′ of climbing in the first four miles and 4.5 miles of single track. Traversing above several steep sections, those afraid of heights should give this one a miss. See Details
Skylandia State Park and Beach Skylandia State Park and Beach is pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed in the park area, but not on the beach. Skylandia Park provides bike trails, hiking trails, and picnicking. Bring your pooch to hang out, but remember to avoid the beach. Dog owners are also reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details