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Lake Tahoe Bike Trails

Trails in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Reno Tahoe USA has great mountain biking trails for all skill and adventure levels, while offering scenic views of the mountains and lake.

Angora Ridge

Difficulty: moderate

Mileage: 2 miles to Angora Lookout, 4 miles to Angora Lakes (one way)

Elevation: 6,360-7,440 feet

Enjoy a moderate ride with spectacular views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Mt. Tallac. Take Fallen Leaf Lake Road from Highway 89. Park past the campground on the right. Ride along Fallen Leaf Lake Road, take the first left, continue 1/2 mile and turn right on Angora Ridge Road.

Barker Pass Loop

Difficulty: strenuous

Mileage: 22.5 miles (one way)

Elevation gain: 2,710 feet.

Begin in Tahoma and ride west on McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road (left on Bellvue, rights on Springs Road, and a left on McKinney-Rubicon). After passing the boulder fields at seven miles, the road to Ellis Peak intersects. The road to Buck Lake soon intersects on the right. After passing McKinney, Lilly and Miller lakes, the road to Richardson Lake intersects on the left, though you should continue going straight. At the 5.3-mile point, take a right to head to Barker Pass.

Brockway Summit to Martis Peak Lookout

Difficulty: moderate

Mileage: 5 miles (one way)

A moderate ride with a tough climb and great lake views. Take 267 to Brockway Summit and turn onto Martis Peak Road. On the trail, go a mile and turn left, staying on the road until you reach a five points intersection. The trail eventually crests a ridge top. To reach the lookout, turn left at the crest and ride a little ways on.

Diamond Peak X-Country/Tahoe Meadows

Difficulty: easy to strenuous

From the parking lot at Diamond Peak X-Country, east to the Tahoe Meadows along Highway 431 you will find many unmarked bike trails. The trails will be on your right (east side of the highway) as you drive or bike up towards the summit. These trails are varying lengths and difficulties.

General Creek Loop

Difficulty: easy

Mileage: 6 miles

Located at Sugar Pine Point State Park in Homewood on Tahoe's West Shore, this is a relatively easy ride. Beginning at the park's campground, turn left and cross a bridge after 2.5 miles. There is a marker at the four-mile point. Also suggested for a shorter trip, turn left and head back to the campground. To complete the loop stay on the fire road to Highway 89.

Marlette Lake

Difficulty: easy

Mileage: 12 miles

Elevation gain: 1,140 feet.

Located near Spooner Lake on the East Shore. Take Highway 28 and park in the Nevada State Park north of Spooner Junction. Towing is vigorously enforced, so park only in designated parking areas rather than along the road. From the park, ride east toward Spooner Lake and turn left on a dirt road leading to a meadow. This dirt road follows North Canyon Creek. After roughly five miles, you will come upon Marlette Lake, where you should turn left and follow the shoreline to a dam. This is where the Flume Trail begins.

McKinney/Rubicon Road

Difficulty: moderate/ strenuous

Mileage: 6 to 15 miles (one way)

Elevation: 6,400-7,200 feet

A world class OHV road which offers a variety of biking opportunities from loop rides to difficult peak climbs. From Highway 89 north of Tahoma turn west onto McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road. Turn left on Bellevue, right on McKinney Road, bear left onto McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road, continue to the dirt road and park. A longer ride is possible by taking two cars and parking one car at Blackwood Canyon.

Meiss Trail

Difficulty: moderate/ strenuous

Mileage: 5 miles (one way)

Elevation: 7,280-8,400 feet

Rising abruptly from Highway 89 for the first 1/2 mile, this trail levels off as it reaches Big Meadow. Trails leading to Round, Scotts and Dardanelles lakes provide access into Meiss Country with views of aspen covered hills from lodgepole cloaked forests. NOTE: This trail eventually intersects the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where mountain bikes are not allowed. Take Highway 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadow parking lot. Follow the trail at the southern end of the parking lot, which leads across the highway to the trailhead.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Difficulty: strenuous

Mileage: 3 miles (one way)

Elevation: 6,800-9,000 feet

A technical ride for the experienced mountain biker, this trail drops from 9,000' to 6,800' in three miles. Take the Rim Trail from the Big Meadow parking lot 2-1/2 miles to Tucker Flat. Turn left and follow the drainage of Saxon Creek. In two miles the trail forks again. The right fork leads to Oneidas Street off of Pioneer Trail. The left fork leads to Highway 89, south of the Highway 89/50 junction. Watch for hikers and equestrian riders on the trail and pass with caution and courtesy.

Paige Meadows

Difficulty: easy

Mileage: 20-mile loop

Beginning at the William Kent Campground near Tahoe City, this loop contains no extreme uphills and leads to an open meadow filled with wildflowers. Bring the camera and a picnic lunch. Follow the bike path north and turn left on Granlibakken Road. Another two miles up the trail you will turn left on Rawhide Drive, where a dirt road leads you to the meadow.

Rim Trail

Difficulty: moderate/ strenuous

Mileage: 18 miles (one way)

Elevation: 7,280-9,600 feet

Experience breathtaking scenery with exceptional views of Lake Tahoe. Take the Rim Trail past Freel Peak, the highest peak in the basin (10,881'). Take Highway 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadow parking lot. The trail starts at the north end of the parking area. A longer trip is possible by taking two cars and parking one car at the Heavenly Ski Resort's Stagecoach parking lot. The trailhead begins 1/8 mile up Stagecoach Run. NOTE: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the trail from Armstrong Pass north to Fountain Place nor from Star Lake north to High Meadows (Private property).

South Camp Loop

Difficulty: moderate

Mileage: 14.5-mile loop

Elevation gain: 2,080 feet

Beginning at Spooner Junction (see Marlette Lake Ride), take the trail to Genoa Peak Road behind the maintenance station on the southeast side of Highway 50. Stay on the right when White Hill Road intersects. Another road intersects on the left and goes to an overlook of the Carson Valley. You eventually come to two creeks after reaching the ridge top and starting to descend. Go right on North Logan Creek junction. You'll intersect the start of the loop at the 13-mile point. Go left and end up back in the parking lot.

The Flume Trail

Difficulty: strenuous

Mileage: 24 miles (one way)

Elevation gain: 2,670 feet

The grand-daddy of them all, Nevada's Flume Trail was recently featured on the cover of Ski magazine's Mountain Summer special issue and is one of the most popular off-road trails in Tahoe. The ride begins the same way the Marlette Lake Ride does. The Flume begins at the dam where the next 4.5 miles are single track. Though the trail intersects with Tunnel Creek Road at 10.6 miles and with the road to Twin Lakes at 11.1 miles, continue going straight. At 11.8 miles, look to the right for a section of the Flume Trail to ride. It ends at a small diversion dam.

Twin Peaks Bike and Hike Loop

Difficulty: strenuous

Mileage: 26 miles

Elevation gain: 2,400 feet

This is truly an expert ride, not a Sunday stroll in the park. A sweeping lakeview at the top is the reward for tight track riding and steep climbs. Begin at William Kent Campground in Tahoe City and take the dirt road 2.2 miles. There is an intersection at seven miles. To hike the summit, stay right. On return, stay right again to ride to Stanford Rock. At 11.3 miles, you start to descend to Ward Creek Road. To return to the campground, turn right at this point.

Ward Creek Loop

Difficulty: moderate

Mileage: 16-mile loop

Challenging for novices, but easier for more advanced riders this loop has few steep inclines. Starting at the William Kent Campground, the trail is 32 miles each way. Turn right on Pineland Drive, then left on Twin Peaks Road. The road eventually turns right and becomes Ward Creek Road. (The road's name changes to Courchevel Drive.) Turn right again at Chamonix after three miles, then make another right. You will cross a creek then, when the road flattens out and you pass an old ski area, the road begins to descend for 7.8 miles and takes a sharp right turn. At 8.2 miles, there is a USFS gate. Soon after, take a right on Alpine meadows Road. At 9.5 miles, make a right turn on Highway 89 to get to the bike path, which follows the Truckee River to Tahoe City. Turn right and cross the bridge to rejoin the bike path south back to the campground.

Watson Lake Loop Ride

Difficulty: moderate

Mileage: 16.5 miles

This ride starts at North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City. Stay to the left for an immediate right turn. Go straight for one mile until you take a right at the fork. Another right takes you up to the edge of a meadow. After 3.6 miles, the single track ends. Go right and the Tahoe Rim Trail intersects at 4.5 miles. Stay on the main road for about six miles and continue straight ahead. At seven miles, turn right and Watson Lake is nearby.