Boca Reservoir

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Trail Distance: 5.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Are you and your pup looking to get away for a few hours to hike in the east-central region of northern California? Look no further than Boca Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest, which offers so many things to do, your pup won’t know where to start!

For a great day of hiking, head to the Lower Verdi Peak Trail. You can pick up the trailhead at the main entrance to the reservoir, or there are also many places along that road where you can park and access the land to make use of all its features.  There is no day-use fee charged here.

This trail is 5.45 miles out and back, making for an over 10-mile hike. It is rated as moderately difficult, but you can traverse smaller portions of the trail with any new pup hiker and do just fine. Taking the entire journey will lead you through some of California’s finest nature areas, including forests, open spaces, streams, and of course, the reservoir. Make sure to take the time for plenty of photographs in this most scenic area.

If you are more interested in a little rest and relaxation, Boca Reservoir offers plenty of picnic areas and swimming beaches, including places for Fido to get in and do the doggie paddle, and 980 surface-acres of water for boating, canoeing and paddleboarding. You fur-ever friend can join you for a water cruise!  The reservoir campground offers pup-friendly overnight stays as well. These sites need to be reserved, so plan ahead for that outing!

Restrooms and drinking fountains can be found at the main entrance to the reservoir. Please remember to pack out what you pack in and keep Fido on leash throughout your visit, except in the more remote areas of your hike. Be sure to bring water and clean up bags for the trek.

The Boca Reservoir is a pawtastic place to visit in the Tahoe National Forest. Check it out today!

Trail Features
Forest, Lake, River, Diverse Landscape
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The reservoir freezes over in the winter. Please do not let your pup out on the ice in case there are thin spots.
Address
Stampede Dam Rd.
Truckee, CA
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Address
Stampede Dam Rd.
Truckee, CA
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset