Lake Tahoe environment is very fragile and delicate. What that means to you is we need to make sure we follow some very basic rules for hiking, biking, camping and kayaking, so this beautiful part of the country is here to enjoy for many MANY years to come.
OK, keep in mind, every step an individual takes on a dirt trail eventually finds its way to the water. Each step is responsible for lessening lake clarity. Having said that there are a few basic rules we can learn and live by to help us enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe and lessen our impact on the surrounding environment.
Whether you’re hiking, biking or enjoying lake or winter activities, visitors to the Lake Tahoe basin can always find solitude and beauty in the shores of Lake Tahoe. But before you head out on your next adventure, take a minute to read, learn and live some basic rules and principles while enjoying Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra.
Know Before you go
When planning your hiking, biking, camping or kayaking adventure in Lake Tahoe, check the availability of services around the activity you want to participate in. What that means is, what type of waste disposal is there? Is there a Ranger? Are you in a park? National or State? Fees? Are dogs allowed? Traffic? Detours? Call a head or visit an appropriate website to find out the circumstances surrounding your activity before going. You never know what’s going on throughout the year. Here are a few links to help you get started planning your next adventure!
Keep in mind, most trails in the Lake Tahoe basin are available for dogs. If you’re not sure of lease requirements, be courteous to other travelers, clean up after your pet. But more importantly than cleaning up after your pet, you don’t know other dogs, be kind and keep your pet on a leash until you are certain the OTHER dog is ok. We all know your dog is perfect, be respectful to others, you don’t know them.
Leave No Trace!
This could be the most important part of your hiking adventure. Due to the delicate nature of the surrounding areas inside and outside the Lake Tahoe basin, making sure you bring out what you brought helps support this area. It’s not your home, don’t be disrespectful to the animals that call Lake Tahoe home, the people who live in the basin or your fellow hikers by leaving un wanted trash behind.
This is especially true for people and their pets. Please, please, PLEASE, be more respectful about your pets waste. Take your responsibility as a pet owner seriously and please clean up after your pet.
Everyone can do their part to prevent wildfires in the Lake Tahoe basin. Know current fire restrictions when camping which starts with preparation. If campfires are allowed, make sure you understand how to properly build and extinguish those fires. Just kicking dirt on them isn’t necessarily the bast way to distinguish fires. They can lay smoldering until a gust of wind or fellow traveler kicks up some embers.
Be Respectful and Generous to Your Fellow Traveler
This shouldn’t need to be said, but be nice, be generous, be patient and above all, respect the people around you and the fragile environment you’re in. We all love to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe! Remember to do your homework and be prepared, you never know what’s around the next bend.
If you have questions or concerns before or after heading into the Lake Tahoe basin for your next adventure, please feel free to contact us.