Tahoe Rim Trail is a furrific trail that circles Lake Tahoe. Yep, you read that right, this trail circumvents the entire lake, which is why it’s a whopping 165 miles long! If your pup is up for a hard core mountain adventure, then grab your backpack and get hiking!
Those brave enough to hike the entire trail will pass through three wilderness areas, two mountain ranges, six counties and two states. The trail is divided into sections and can be started at any of the 13 trailheads, which is where you’ll also find parking. And it can be hiked in either direction. Since there is no way to carry enough food and water for the entire journey (especially with a furry friend in tow), plan out resupply stops and water filtering locations.
Four legged backpackers will go mutts over this trail, but there are some things to consider before bringing them along. First and foremost, your doggo should be in excellent physical condition if you are hiking the entire trail. Pups can run free in the backcountry, but should be kept on leash around other trail users and at the trailheads. There are long stretches of the trail with no water resources, so plan your H2O supply accordingly. Since your pooch will encounter rocky terrain, dog booties are a good idea. If your pal prefers to hike au naturale, bring a canine first aid kit, just in case. Also, make sure your pal doesn’t harass the wildlife.
There are no restrooms on the trail itself, but they are available in the resupply towns, major trailheads, and campgrounds. A Desolation Wilderness and campfire permit are required if you plan on hiking the entire trail, and should be obtained well in advance.
No bones about it, the Tahoe Rim Trail will definitely test your pup’s limits, but the rugged beauty and sense of accomplishment will make it all worth it!