Check trail conditions before heading out. Please do not bike on wet trails.
Tahoe Cross Country
(530) 583-5475 | tahoexc.org
All levels | Varied terrain
Tahoe Cross Country offers marked mountain biking and hiking trails in the Burton Creek State Park area just north of Tahoe City. Trail access is free and the terrain is ideal for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Advanced riders can find challenging terrain on the Tahoe Rim Trail and around Mount Watson.
Western States Trail
Strenuous | 11.6 miles RT
This is a challenging and exhilarating ride (sometimes referred to as Three Bridges Trail) that will afford you a fun downhill swoop and beautiful mountain views. You can ride it either way, starting on either side of the Midway Bridge between Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley off Hwy. 89.
Strenuous | 14 miles
There are several mountain biking trails off the Flume Trail, but if you follow the Flume Trail the whole way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. The Flume Trail rises 1,600’ above the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. At the end of the Flume Trail, there is a 3-mile, 1,600’ descent down to Tunnel Creek Station on Hwy. 28. It is a moderately difficult ride at 7,000’ to 8,000’ in elevation with more than 1,000’ of climbing and 4.5-miles of single track. It has several steep sections.
Shuttle available at Tunnel Creek Café off Hwy. 28 in Incline Village to Spooner Lake State Park. Info (775) 298-2501. Call for shuttle schedule.
Mount Rose to Spooner Lake
Strenuous | 20 miles
The beginning of this beautiful section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is at 8,700’ above the Sheep Flats (aka Tahoe Meadows) on Mount Rose. The first part of the trail parallels the highway and then descends through the meadows and briefly joins the Ophir Creek trail. Look for Rim Trail signs, then after a quarter-mile up and to the right of the Ophir Creek trail (don’t stay on the Ophir Creek Trail). After a 300’ climb out of the meadows, you begin to contour your way to the Tunnel Creek road. At 9 miles, you will come to the Tunnel Creek Road. Follow it a half-mile with the Flume Trail on the right. Continue straight for an 800’ switch-backing climb. Near the top of the climb, consider taking the vista trail to the Sand Harbor overlook.
Once at the top, the trail winds down past the Marlette Peak campground to Hobart Road. The Rim Trail past this point is closed to bikes, so your only path back to Spooner is along this road to the right and down to Marlette Lake. A short, but tough climb leads out of the Marlette basin and then it is downhill back to Spooner Lake. Mind the speed on this descent due to heavy equestrian and hiking use.
Shuttle (775) 298-2501. Call for schedule.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Corral Area Trails
All levels | Varied terrain
Corral area trails include Sidewinders, Cedar and Armstrong Connector. This area has a high density of trails for all ability levels and serves as the unofficial hub of mountain bike activity in the South Shore. Featuring log rides, jumps and rock rolls including the new jumps, berms, rollers and hips. The trails all run parallel to the Fountain Place paved road. These trails link to Armstong Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail, Powerline, Railroad Grade and this is also where Toads ends.
(209) 258-7277 | kirkwood.com
The mountain bike park offers a network of lift-accessed trails for all levels with 22 trails in the valley, and 12 accessed by the lift, with 11.5 miles of single track. The bike park features log rides, pump tracks and other terrain features.
Mr. Toads Wild Ride
Moderate-Strenuous | 6.2 miles
Mr. Toad’s heads mostly downhill from the Tahoe Rim Trail with several options for making a loop. The upper section of this trail is much more technical than either section of the TRT and has many big drops and sections of nothing but rocks. There is also a huge stair step section that comes up on you quickly.
Easy to moderate | 6 miles RT
This loop offers a mellow ride offering views of the Sierra Crest, has nice flowers in the spring and circumnavigates a series of ponds. From Donner Pass Road, take Coldstream Road, which alternates pavement and dirt. After a short climb up the old terminal moraine of the glacier that once filled this valley, the valley opens up. Proceed on this road until you come to private property signs at the last pond, then turn left on the dirt road and return on the east side of the valley. Park outside the white gate on Coldstream.
Donner Ski Ranch
(530) 426-9350 | facebook.com/old40bikepark
Donner Ski Ranch offers lift-accessed mountain biking on its trails with varied terrain and great views.
Moderate | 15+ miles
Offers rolling, wide, single-track through high desert, winding through sagebrush, seasonally wet meadows and Jeffrey Pine forests. North of Truckee on Hwy. 89 to Donner Camp picnic area. If too wet, proceed 2.5 miles on Hwy. 89 to Prosser Creek Bridge pullout. 15 miles to Stampede, but can continue on to other areas.
(530) 562-2268 | northstarcalifornia.com
All levels | Varied terrain
Northstar’s Mountain Bike Park boasts more than 100 miles of trails for mountain biking including its signature trail, LiveWire, and the most extensive life-accessed trail network in the Western United States. The park features Skill Development Areas and terrain features including jumps, rails and bridges. Rentals available in the Village at Northstar. Afternoon rates and season passes available. Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series and Cross-Country Race Series open to everyone. Bike Academy offers classes and private lessons.
(775) 323-5125 | skytavern.org
The mountain bike park features downhill, climbing and dual slalom trails, designed as a series of progressive trails. Open sunrise to sunset spring to fall.