BIKE PATH RULES
Pedestrians must yield to bikes.
Don’t stop on the trail; move to the side.
No motorized vehicles. Check local rules for using electric assist bicycles.
Cyclists call out when passing pedestrians.
Dogs allowed; some areas require dogs to be leashed.
East Shore Trail
Easy-moderate | 3 miles
Runs along Lake Tahoe and connects to Hwy. 28 from south end of Incline Village, Nev., to Sand Harbor State Park. Parking near Ponderosa Ranch Road. Electric assist OK. TART, East Shore Express
Easy | 5 miles RT
Runs along Lake Tahoe and connects to Hwy. 28 at each end of Incline Village. Park at Preston Field on Hwy. 28. Electric assist OK. TART
Tahoe City to Dollar Point
Easy-moderate | 5 miles RT
First 2.5 miles mostly level with a half-mile climb up Dollar Hill. Access to Tahoe State Park, Burton Creek State Park, Skylandia Park, Pomin Park, Lake Forest Beach, Lake Forest Boat Ramp and campground, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds and athletic fields. Public parking at 64 Acres, Commons Beach and Jackpine. Electric assist OK. TART
Truckee River Canyon
Easy | 9+ miles RT
4.5 miles from the Tahoe City wye to Alpine Meadows Road, with trails continuing to Olympic Valley. The trail is scenic, separate from the highway, and is mostly flat terrain with a few short, gentle grades with trout fishing, river rafting and picnicking along the way. Connects with Squaw Valley Road or continue to Truckee. Public parking at 64 Acres and Squaw Valley Park at Squaw Valley Road. Electric assist OK. TART
Easy | 7.4 miles RT
Bike path runs along Hwy. 28 through Incline Village. Access to shopping and parks. Park at Preston Field on Hwy. 28. TART
Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park
Moderate | 22 miles RT
Mostly separate from the highway, the trail includes a few miles of highway shoulder and residential streets. Terrain is varied with a few steep sections. Access to picnicking, beaches and playgrounds. Public parking at 64 Acres. Electric assist OK. TART
Easy | 4 miles RT
A 2-mile trail runs beside Squaw Valley Road to the ski area from the Squaw Valley condos to Victoria Road, with views of the meadow and surrounding peaks. Public parking at Squaw Valley Park or Village at Squaw. Electric assist OK. TART
Truckee Legacy Trail
Easy | 6 miles RT
1.8-mile stretch from Truckee River Regional Park to River View Sports Park. Park at either park. Electric assist OK. TART
ROAD BIKING ROUTES
Around the Lake
Strenuous | 72 miles
This challenging route is a scenic trip around Lake Tahoe. A mix of flat spots, rolling hills and some steep climbs. Heavy traffic through South Lake Tahoe. Amazing views.
Moderate-strenuous | 10 miles RT
Barker Pass is one of the most beautiful rides in Tahoe, if you don’t mind a little climbing with 5 miles and 1,700 vertical feet. But if you’re up to the task, and your bike has low gears, you will be rewarded with pristine wilderness, spectacular alpine views, snowfields, smooth pavement and almost no traffic.
You will pass through lush meadows, aspens, Lodgepole pines and several varieties of fir. In the early season, the streams are rushing and snowfields at the higher elevations keep things cool. Look for mule ears in bloom.
Take Highway 89 south of Tahoe City to Barker Pass Road for about 4.2 miles. Look for the brown sign on the right for Blackwood Canyon/Kaspian, and shortly afterward you will see the Forest Service road.
You will ride about 2.5 miles on fairly flat to slightly uphill terrain, through large stands of timber and some meadows. You will then cross a bridge over Blackwood Creek, and the climbing begins. At first the grade is mellow, about 5 percent.
After another 2 miles it gets steeper, and by about the 4-mile mark it gets up to around 10 percent. You will come to some sharp hairpin turns, and the grade is steeper than 10 percent in places.
The pavement ends at the top of the pass, and becomes a dirt trail for those with mountain bikes. If not, your effort will be rewarded by a sweet downhill run, but watch the bumps near the top of the pavement is uneven.
Moderate-strenuous | 20-25 miles RT
Great out and back ride at any time of year, with scenery that goes from high desert to meadows and big pines, with views of Boca and Stampede reservoirs. From Interstate 80 Reno, take the Hirschdale Road exit and go left. When you get to the Boca Dam, you will see a small parking area to the left. Start the ride along the lake shore. The road is generally flat, with a few short uphill climbs.
At the north end, descend into a canyon made by the stream, and then to your first hill. After a short climb, you reach a long, flat section with nice views of the stream and surrounding meadows. At the end, you come to a climb about a half-mile long at a mellow grade. You’ll then see Stampede dam to the left and another climb, with a half-mile 6 to 8 percent grade ahead. After another mile or so of rolling terrain, you will get to another short climb, and then the end of pavement.
On the return, you can add some mileage and more climbing if you turn right onto Stampede Dam Road. At the end of the dam, you will hit a good climb, then rollers for the remainder of the paved road. At about 2.5 miles from the main road, you hit dirt and it’s time to head home.
Old 40 to Cisco Grove
Moderate-strenuous | 39 miles RT
This route is one of the easiest to follow, and one of the best. It has it all the views, a good climb, a technical descent, a restaurant en route, Donner Lake and miles of lightly traveled roads. From downtown Truckee head west on Donner Pass Road until it dead-ends in Cisco Grove. Then turn around and head back. Upon leaving the lake, you begin the long and challenging, but scenic, grind up the summit. This climb has a vertical rise of less than 1,000’. From the top of the summit, it is a rolling downhill along the Yuba River all the way to Cisco Grove. The descent down to Donner Lake is a technical one. Watch your speed, and make sure your brakes work. Parking at West End Beach and boat ramp.