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During your stay at Stanford Sierra Conference Center, you’ll be able to enjoy miles of hiking trails right out your back door. We are located on Fallen Leaf Lake, on the edge of the Desolation Wilderness, providing easy access to numerous iconic hikes, including the Cathedral Trail, Mt. Tallac Trail, and Glen Alpine Trail. View our interactive trail guide below for more information about hiking. Check in at the office, many of our staff members hike, and you can get an update on trail conditions to your destination.


You can enjoy water activities during your stay at our California conference center.  At our boat dock you can check out complimentary boats.  Our fleet includes stand-up paddle boards, single and double kayaks, rowboats, peddle boats and a number of sailboats including Hobie Cats, Lasers and Escapes.  With the gusty winds, sailing can be challenging.  Our staff are trained and ready to respond to any “turtled” boats!


If you would like to venture further from the conference center, check out the Tahoe Rim Trail which circles Lake Tahoe and has stretches that are appropriate for hikers, mountain bikers, and horse back riding.

Before your visit you can download and read the e-book version of The Nature Guide to the Southwest Tahoe Basin, which provides information on Tahoe’s natural history, plants, and animals of the region.

The Cathedral Trail will take you to the summit of Mount Tallac.

Sport Courts

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Mountain Biking

There are several nearby trails for beginner to advanced mountain bikers. The local trails organization Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) is a great resource for information on trails in the area.

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Image courtesy of Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Group