Tahoe XC Trails
The Tahoe XC summer hiking and biking trails have something for every type of runner, rider, or hiker. Tahoe XC now provides trailhead services such as full suspension and front suspension bike rental, great food from the Free Heel Cafe, and whatever supplies you might need as you head out onto the trails. Come on out and play in the woods.
Take exit 188B off I-80 and head north on Hwy 89. Trailhead is just past the Prosser Creek Bridge on the right. If you reach Hobart Mills Rd. you've gone too far.
Mileage one-way: 22
Details: A rolling-hill, out-and-back singletrack ride. Follows Prosser Creek then turns uphill to the left, crosses several dirt roads on its way to Stampede Reservoir. Great ride for a novice with excellent views of the Sierra landscape.
Parking is at Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Hwy 28 just north of the Hwy 50 junction on the East Shore. Follow signs to the trailhead via the North Canyon Rd.
Mileage one-way: 14
Details: 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 Sierra. A shuttle bus at the northern end of the trail will take you back to Spooner Lake parking for $10.
Spooner to Marlette
Parking is at Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Hwy 28 just north of the Hwy 50 junction on the East Shore. Follow signs to the Flume Trail via the North Canyon Rd.
Mileage one-way: 12
Details: This is a rolling climb that leads into a steep ascent, then short descent to Marlette Lake. In the fall, the foliage is almost as impressive as the view of Marlette Lake itself. Follow the dirt road around the lake to reach the trailhead for the Flume Trail.
Tahoe Rim Trail
Parking is at the Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Hwy 28 just north of the Hwy 50 junction on the East Shore. Shuttles leave the Spooner Lake day use parking area at 9:30 and 11am on even days and take you to Mt. Rose Summit. Or park in the Mt. Rose summit parking lot. There are several other TRT trailheads. Check out http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/ for more information.
Mileage one-way: 20
Details: The TRT is an interconnected trail that leads all around the Lake, and bikes are allowed on this picturesque trail on EVEN days of the month ONLY. The trail from Mt. Rose to Spooner Lake is a 20 mile ride with a total elevation change of 720'. There are two steep ascents, but generally just rolling hills and stunning views. At the flat above Marlette Lake, make sure to notice the view of both Marlette and Lake Tahoe.
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Take Hwy 28 south from Incline Village to Hwy 50 south into Myers. Take a left at the stoplight onto Pioneer. Follow Pioneer for about 3/4 of a mile and take a right on Oneidis. Go through the residential area and look for a turn off on the dirt after you go past the forest service gate. Now you are at the bottom of Toads Ride.
Mileage one-way: 20
Details: The most technical ride in all of Tahoe, Mr. Toad's is a favorite for bike enthusiasts all around the Lake. There is a steep ascent until you get to Tucker Flat. From there it is all downhill and the singletrack loop dumps you right back where you started.
From South Lake Tahoe, take Kingsbury Grade (SR 207) and turn left on North Benjamin Road, which turns into Andria Drive. Continue to the end of the pavement and park. Take Genoa Peak Road 14N32. A longer trip is possible if you take two cars. Park the second vehicle off of U.S. HWY 50 behind the Nevada Department of Transportation Station, one-fourth mile south of the SR 28 and U.S. HWY 50 junction.
Mileage one-way: 8, 12
Details: This is a moderate ride along South Lake tahoe ridges, and there are frequent diversions off the main trails leading you up to peaks, including Genoa Peak.
Take Hwy 89 south along the West Shore from Tahoe City to Fallen Leaf Lake Rd. Park past the campground on the right and start riding on Fallen Leaf Rd.
Mileage one-way: 2,4
Details: This moderate ride offers views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Mt. Tallac. It's 2 miles to Angora Lookout, or 4 miles to Angora Lakes.
On Lake Tahoe Blvd. on the West Shore, 2 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 89 and Hwy 50.
Mileage one-way: 2
Details: This is a short, steep climb that is perfect for riders seeking great views of Lake Tahoe who don't have too much time. Be cautious of off-road vehicles.
Drive north on SR 267 from Kings Beach to Brockway Summit. Park one-half mile past the summit on Forest Service Road 18N02.
Mileage one-way: 5
Details: This is a five-mile climb along a wide fire road that leads to the Martis Peak lookout. There is an outhouse and picnic area here.
McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road
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.
Details: There are several trail options here. The trails are generally wide and frequented by off-road vehicles.
Take Hwy 267 from Kings Beach or Truckee to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.
Details: With more than 100 miles of trails, Northstar is the largest mountain bike park in Northern California. Ride two chairlifts with your bike to upper mountain. Tours and rental packs also available. (530) 562-1010.
Sugar Pine Point State Park
Take Hwy 89 south along the West Shore from Tahoe City. Sugar Pine Point State Park is on the left side of the road. Parking is limited.
Mileage one-way: 2 to 15
Details: A short loop trail through the Z'Berg Natural Preserve, the Dolder Trail follows the lakeshore and passes the world's highest working lighthouse. For those with more time, the General Creek Trail is a 6 1/2 mile loop, offering an optional side trip to Lily Pond. Lost Lake, a beautiful alpine lake, is a full 15 mile round trip.