Protect the Lake Tahoe Environment

Tread Lightly


A not-for-profit organization that focuses on essential outdoor ethics, Tread Lightly! works to protect recreational access and recreational opportunities in all outdoor areas. Tread Lightly! is an active organization in the protection and sustainability of the vast recreational area that is Lake Tahoe. As an organization, their emphasis is on responsible use of all forms of backcountry travel and low impact principles applicable to all recreation activities.

Tread Lightly! is based on the same premises as "Leave No Trace", with the major focus on the impact that motorized vehicles have on recreational areas. Tread Lightly! promotes responsible motor vehicle use.

Travel only where motorized vehicles are permitted. Never blaze your own trail.

Respect the rights of hikers, skiers, campers, and others to enjoy their activities undisturbed.

Educate yourself by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies and complying with signs and barriers.

Avoid streams, lakeshores, meadows, muddy roads and trails, steep hillsides, and wildlife and livestock.

Drive responsibly to protect the environment.

Tread lightly also means leaving no trace of your visit.

  • Pack it in... pack it out! Leave only your tracks.
  • Leave what you find - pictures and trash are the only things you should take.
  • STAY ON THE TRAIL
  • RESPECT WHAT ISN'T YOURS
    If you go through a gate, leave it as you found it.
    If you are about to enter or need to enter private land, be sure to get permission first.
    Take a track down the middle of the trail if you can. Avoid widening the trail.
  • Cross streams only at fording points.
  • KEEP THE NOISE AND DUST DOWN
  • PRACTICE COURTESY
  • PRACTICE SAFETY

The basic principles of Leave No Trace include

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

By following these simple principles, the scenic beauty surrounding Lake Tahoe will be sustained for generations to come.


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