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Pope Beach/Baldwin Beach Bike Trail

Biking Route
Beautiful Day for a ride – Gay Eitel

Pope Beach-Baldwin Beach bike trail is a family-friendly flat gorgeous 3.4 mile bike route located in South Lake Tahoe. The Forest Service maintains this paved bike trail that runs parallel to Highway 89, approximately 1 mile north from the "Y". The trail starts where the four-lane highway narrows to two lanes. This popular paved path passes through historic Camp Richardson and offers several scenic side trips to Pope and Baldwin Beach, the Tallac Historic Site, the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, and Fallen Leaf Lake. Please stay on the paved bike trail when passing through the Tallac Historic Site.

The Pope-Baldwin Bike Trail is heavily used in the summer. Please slow down, warn hikers of your approach, and watch out for cars when crossing the side roads along the route!

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed on most U.S. Forest trails. Please follow guidelines: Keep pet on 6ft. leash at all times, control excessive barking, pick up canine waste-don't forget bags, keep your dog close when encountering other people and remember to bring enough water for both you and your pet.

Route Directions

Beginning at Pope Beach located on Highway 89, the paved bike trail meanders through beautiful old growth forests and passes Camp Richardson, the Tallac Historic Site and Baldwin Beach.

The paved easy trail continues 3.4 miles, one way, and ends at Spring Creek where riders turn around and head back the way they came.

To access Fallen Leaf Lake, riders will need to cross Highway 89 at Fallen Leaf Lake Road and travel approximately a half mile on the road to the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground on the right. Ride through the campground on the paved road and make a left on the dirt path to the lake.

Route Length

3.4 miles, one way


Route Difficulty

Easy - Good for All Ages

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