Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)

The Pope-Baldwin Bike Path is a beautiful bike path in South Lake Tahoe. If you want to run but don’t want to do a trail run or want something flat and scenic, it’s perfect. Obviously, as the name suggests, it is a bike path, it’s made for biking, but anyone is welcome; just be safe and smart.

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)

About the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path:

It’s a paved bike path in Lake Tahoe, California. Despite being It runs from the city limits of South Lake Tahoe, California, to the beginning of the climb of California State Route 89 and Emerald Bay. It passes by three beaches: Pope, Kiva, and Baldwin Beaches.

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)
At Baldwin Beach

We stopped at Baldwin Beach, and it’s one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. You have Lake Tahoe Beach, and directly behind, you have mountains. So when you can’t decide: do I like beaches or mountains better, you have them both!

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)
Mountains at Baldwin Beach

The Pope-Baldwin Bike Path also runs by the Tallac Historic area. The Tallac Historic Area was closed when we ran by in April. U.S. National Forest Service runs it. Apparently, Taylor Creek is popular in the fall when the salmon are spawning.

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)

When we ran through in April, the beaches and parks were closed to cars, but you could run or walk to check them out. I highly suggest it because it was beautiful and some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen in my life.

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)
Most of the trail is flat and easy.

The entire Pope-Baldwin Bike Path is 7.1 miles long and gains about 200 feet of elevation. You call find the exact route on Alltrails. I don’t run on many bike paths, but this is one of my more favorite ones! It’s great for anyone who is looking for something flatter but scenic. If you are in the Lake Tahoe area, I highly suggest checking it out.

Running the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Lake Tahoe)

You can see more trail runs and hikes here.

Questions for you:

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