Pope-Baldwin Bike Path
ElevationAscent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -90' -27 m
High: 6,293' 1,918 m
Low: 6,238' 1,901 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“The family-friendliest bike trail in South Lake Tahoe.”— Bob Gardner
Family Friendly An easy ride through classic Lake Tahoe forest with beaches and historic sites along the way.
The trail begins at the western edge of the City of South Lake Tahoe near the intersection of Emerald Bay Road (Hwy 89) and 15th St. then runs parallel to Emerald Bay Road for nearly four miles. About a mile in, under a forest canopy, the trail crosses the Pope Beach access road and the historic Camp Richardson is a short distance further. The Tallac Historic Site can be reached on a branch path near Valhalla Rd or from Heritage Way at about mile two.
Just past the Heritage Way junction is the Taylor Creek Visitor Center with its stream profile chamber providing an underwater view of the stream channel. Although this would be a good turnaround point, especially with kids, the trail continues another mile or so to the junction with Baldwin Beach access road ending near the intersection of Emerald Bay Road and Spring Creek Rd.
Besides beach names, Pope and Baldwin were the wealthy turn-of-century families who built the lakeshore mansions that make up the Tallac Historic Site.
Fallen Leaf Lake can be reached on paved and dirt trails by crossing (carefully) Emerald Bay Road to the south. The whole area, including the trail, gets heavy use during the summer especially on weekends.
Land Manager: USFS - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Office