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Fallen Leaf Lake Hiking and Other Nearby Trails

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.

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.

A few tips for hiking around Fallen Leaf Lake and surrounding areas:

  • Be sure to bring the essentials: a map, appropriate clothing, food, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy footwear.
  • Don’t drink straight from the rivers, lakes, or streams. A water treatment system is required if you plan to use these sources. Instead we suggest you bring ample water for your hiking excursion.
  • Have an emergency plan and bring appropriate equipment such as a cell phone. Make sure other people know where you are hiking and when you plan to return. Hike in a group or with a partner whenever possible.
  • If you encounter any pack animals give them the right of way by moving up hill and off the trail.
  • Employ Leave No Trace techniques to ensure that you leave the area as pristine as you find it. This includes carrying out all trash, even your orange peels. Stay on the established trail to avoid trampling the flora.

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.