Fallen Leaf Lake Trail loops about eight miles around a picturesque landscape that features the beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake which is the second-largest body of water in the Tahoe Basin. The trail is also dog-friendly and easily accessible through a parking lot that is just off Highway 89. More specifically, to access the trailhead, drive north on Highway 89 and turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Then follow the road past the campground to the Fallen Leaf Lake Trailhead. Parking is available on the shoulders.
Fallen Leaf Lake Trail is generally flat and runs right along the lake’s shoreline, which is about 15 minutes in to the hike. Note that the main trail juts out into several smaller trails, so bring a map with you to stay on course. It is well worth the adventure to explore the different trails and find your way around if you have some time on your hands.
The Fallen Leaf Lake Trail has a lot to offer visitors, including a wide variety of sporting activities all year round. In winter, the trail offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. However, you will need a SNO-Park permit to participate. Some of the other activities that can be enjoyed along the trail include dog-friendly biking, picnicking, fishing, and swimming. There are also several amenities including restrooms, a covered picnic shelter, and picnic tables. There is also the Fallen Leaf Store and Marina that serves food for lunch from Memorial Day through October 1st, so grab some grub for you and the pup if hiking then.
There are a few dog rules that you will need to observe, including ensuring that you pick up after your barker, and that your pooch is always on a leash. It is also wise to bring clean up bags, water and snacks for yourself and your doggie.
The trail is one of the best places to see aspens in the fall and provides a great backdrop to enjoy your time with your pooch.
This trail is shared with mountain bikers, so be sure to give them the right of way.