Pack up your pup and head to the Tahoe National Forest for a hike of epic portion! You and your fur-ever friend will be treated to two area trails which are perfect for a long hike for your day together.
Grouse Lake Trail and Grouse Ridge Trail are the two pup-friendly trails here to choose from. Pick up the trailhead for the Lake Trail on Forestdale Road, just east of Upper Blue Lake and the Ridge Trail at the Eagle Lake’s exit off Highway 80. Park on the road just past the campground.
Grouse Lake Trail offers a 12 mile out-and-back hike with a 20% average grade. It is rated as moderate and offers a steady, but not steep, incline. Your hike will take you through this high-sierra terrain region. A diversified landscape will keep you visually entertained, and the natural footing will be easy on the feet and paws. Wildflowers bloom extensively in the spring here.
Grouse Ridge Trail alternatively offers a 10.4-mile out-and-back trek through the same type terrain, but is much easier to navigate as the grade is minimal and spread out over these 10 miles. Beginning at Eagle Lake, this trail offers hikers and backpackers a great mix of terrain and views of Penner, Lindsey and Island Lakes. The reward is Sawmill Lake, a breathtaking picturesque body of water where a long, well-deserved relaxation break is in order.
Pups are required to be on leash throughout this forested area. Please clean up after Fido. Be sure to pack foul-weather gear when hiking in this area as rapid weather changes can be expected at altitudes of over 8000’ feet. Although the trail is open for year-round access, it is advised to only use the trail during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Neither restrooms nor water are accessible here.
Visit the Grouse Lakes Area today to begin a pawtastic hike!