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Tahoe City lies on the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe, and is a community full of artists, designers and media people. Many of them telecommute from home, and this allows them, and the large seasonal population, to enjoy the natural resources that Tahoe City and its surrounding area offers. Also, there is one veterinarian in town who will help get your fur-pup up and wagging again should she need medical care.
If you’re looking for a winter activity that you can enjoy with your fur-buddy, Tahoe Cross Country is an activity located in Tahoe City that fits the bill! The pristine, groomed ski trails are leash-free if your pooch obeys voice commands, and she can explore along the trail for birds and animals while you glide along. The trails are open in the non-winter seasons as well, and are great places for wildlife and wildflower walks. Be aware that leashes are required at the trailhead and in the parking lot before you hit the trail.
When you’ve worked up a hunger and thirst on the trails, head over to the popular local restaurant, Jake’s on the Lake. There you’ll find a patio with tables, so you can share your yummies with your furry bestie, which can include seafood, noodle bowls, tacos and sandwiches, among many other delicious items. Bone appetit!
Whatever your reason for being in Tahoe City, you’re sure to find lots for you and your furry bestie to do in this pawsome area.
If you’re looking for something different and fun to do with your fur-pup, then Truckee River Rafting in Tahoe City is pawrfect for you! You get to navigate the raft on a quiet 5-mile stretch of river with your pooch, and there are tethers inside the boat should you want to secure him. The rafting operators help with boarding and returning to the dock, and you can bring snacks with you for the 2 to 4-hour floating expedition. If you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, then the Truckee River Bike Trail is for you. Part of the rail-trail system, this 20-mile paved and dog-friendly trail starts in Tahoe City with 3 choices for trail end: Dollar City, Olympic Valley, or the Sugar Pine Point State Park. Your walk or ride will be rewarded with scenic views of the Lake and the Truckee River. Please keep Fido leashed. If you’re hungry after your adventurous day, head over to The Blue Agave, where you’ll find marvelous margaritas and food, and Fido will be treated to bowls of water and cookies! Bueno!
The Sunnyside neighborhood is home to the Tahoe State Recreation Area, which features a campground that is open from May through Labor Day. With 23 campsites most appropriate for small RVs and tents, the campground provides restrooms and showers, along with required bear-proof food lockers. A dock over Lake Tahoe is a great place to sit and soak up the sun with your fur-buddy, or to launch a canoe or kayak for trips on the water. A short quarter-mile bike ride from downtown Tahoe City, the campground is dog-friendly, but please remember to keep him on a leash. The bike path to town is its own pawsome experience, featuring scenic views of the Lake Tahoe. Woofderful!
This Tahoe City neighborhood lies north in the city, and is host to one of the most popular destinations for residents and tourists looking for outdoor adventure with their pooches. Dog-friendly Burton Creek State Park features 6 miles of unpaved roads for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing, with your fur buddy secured to a leash. Wildlife and birds abound, and Fido will enjoy seeking them out with his nose, eyes and ears. The terrain is uneven and mountainous, so be sure to take this into consideration when planning your hike with the pup. You’ll need to take your own water, and there are no restrooms, so plan accordingly. While there is no camping inside the park, there is a campground at nearby Tahoe State Recreation Area. Pups must be confined or leashed at all times in the campground.
Just 6 miles to the south of Tahoe City lies Homewood, which is where you’ll find Eagle Rock, an eroded, dormant volcano featuring an out-and-back, dog-friendly hiking trail from the base to the cone, filled now with volcanic rock. The trail continues across the enormous volcano's top to the Lake Tahoe side where you and your fur-baby will be treated to an unparalleled 360° view of the lake and the surrounding areas. It takes about 1 hour to reach the trail end, 1.5 mile from the beginning. There is parking at the trailhead. Don’t forget your camera! Arf!
Tahoma, about 9 miles south of Tahoe City, is home to the dog-friendly Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. This park contains a dense forest of evergreens, juniper and aspen, and has almost 2 miles of Lake Tahoe frontage. It features miles of paved and unpaved hiking trails within the park, and Fido is welcome on leash on the paved trails. In addition, there is a furbulous campground with 10 group and 130 family camp sites, equipped with fire rings, picnic areas, a heated restroom and showers with drinkable water, and parking for one vehicle. The campground is open in the winter as well. Black bears are prevalent in the area, so be sure to keep Fido leashed, and your food in a bear-proof locker.
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