Another great way to get out and see the Lake Tahoe area is by biking! There are all kinds of road rides and mountain bike rides near Lake Tahoe and in the Tahoe Basin.


  • Olympic Bike Shop (530) 581-2500
  • Cyclepaths (530) 581-1171
  • The Backcountry (530) 581-5861


  • Tahoe City to River Ranch

This 6 mile bike path goes along the Truckee River – 6 miles round trip, flat bike path Start in Tahoe City at 64 Acres Park. Bike over the bridge and follow the water downstream, along a paved bike path. Finish at River Ranch restaurant with outdoor seating; circle back along the same route.

  • Truckee to Tahoe City

24 miles round trip, flat Start in Truckee (Albertson’s shopping center) and go south on Highway 89. Hop on the bike path across from the entrance to Squaw Valley. Ride along the Truckee River on the bike path ending in Tahoe City.

  • Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park

18 miles round trip, flat bike path Start in Tahoe City, at highway 28 and 89. Parking is available at 64-Acres Park. There is a seven mile stretch of bike paths, 2 miles of highway shoulder, views of Lake Tahoe with beaches and picnic tables along the way.

  • Incline Village Jog / Bike Path

5 miles round trip, flat bike path Start at Gateway park off highway 28 and Lakeshore drive. This path features views of lakeshore estates, gardens and Lake Tahoe. Please ntoe that beaches are private and not accessible for the public.


  • Tour de Nez

13 miles, climbing and descending During the summer months, a road ride will leave the Plaza Bikes Gear + Rental shop in the Village at Northstar promptly at 5:00 p.m. and do two laps of the 2008 Tour de Nez Road course. This is approximately 13 miles and 1,200 feet of climbing. The ride is under two hours and will regroup at the top of the climb each time.

  • The Triangle

34 miles round-trip, flats and one steep, long climb Beginning at the Northstar Resort, ride on 267 towards the lake, turn right on 28, through Tahoe City, along the riverfront bike path, past Squaw Valley, then right on West River Road, right on Brockway Road, right on 267, finishing back at Northstar Resort.

  • The Three Rights

38 miles round-trip, flats and climbing Start at intersection of 89 and West River Road. Pedal south, make a right at the City Dump and return back to 89. Continue south on 89 then take a right at Squaw Valley, return back to 89. Continue south on 89 and make a right to the top of Alpine Meadows and back to 89. Continue south on 89 into Tahoe City. Watch for giant trout as you cross Fannie’s Bridge, then return north on 89. You can extend this trip by continuing south on 28 along Lake Tahoe to Blackwood Canyon for a steep winding climb which adds about 10 miles to your ride.

  • Cisco Grove

45 miles round-trip, up and down, gradual and steep climbs Park at Truckee Donner Memorial museum. Bike through the park, east side of the lake to the bottom of highway 40, climb to the summit on old highway 40, continue downhill past Kingvale and Rainbow Lodge to the campground at the dead end.

  • Around Lake Tahoe

72 miles Start anywhere along the lake for a 72 mile loop with scenic views, shops and restaurants along the way.


Here are a few mountain bike trails in the Lake Tahoe area listed by level of difficulty.

  • Fountain Place

This area has several mountain biking opportunities, from paved roads to more difficult trails. Note! Mountain bikes are not allowed past the gate at the end of Fountain Place Road nor the High Meadows area (private property). From U.S. HWY 50 take Pioneer Trail one mile to Oneidas Road. Follow Oneidas to the end and park at the staging area. Easy/Moderate; Elevation 6320’/8400′; 2 to 10 miles

  • Angora Ridge

Enjoy a moderate ride with spectacular views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Mt. Tallac. Take Fallen Leaf Lake Road from SR 89. Park past the campground on the right. Ride along Fallen Leaf Lake Road, take the first left, continue one-half mile and turn right on Angora Ridge Road 12N14. Moderate; Elevation 6360’/7440′; 2 miles to Angora Lookout 4 miles to Angora Lakes

  • Twin Peaks

Perfect for the biker with limited time, this short steep ride to the top of a mountain peak has great views of Lake Tahoe. Open for public use from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Access is off of Lake Tahoe Boulevard approximately two miles from the intersection of U.S. HWY 50 and SR 89. Caution! This area is a very popular off-highway vehicle area. Moderate/Strenuous; Elevation 6400′ / 7010′; 1 to 2 miles

  • Meiss Trail

Rising abruptly from SR 89 for the first half-mile, this trail levels off as it reaches Big Meadows. 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 SR 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadows parking lot. Follow the trail at the southern end of the parking lot which leads across the highway to the trailhead. Moderate/Strenuous; Elevation 7280′ / 8400′
5 miles

  • Rim Trail

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 SR 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadows 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 one-eighth 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). Moderate/Strenuous; Elevation 7280′ / 9600′; 18 miles

  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

A technical ride for the experienced mountain biker, this trail drops from 9,000′ to 6,800′ feet in three miles! Take the Rim Trail from the Big Meadows parking lot two and one-half 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 SR 89, south of the SR 89 & U.S. HWY 50 junction. Watch for hikers and equestrian riders on the trail and pass with caution and courtesy. Technical/Strenuous; Elevation 6800′ / 9000′; 3 miles

  • Genoa Peak

Enjoy a moderate ride along a ridgeline with scenic views of the Lake Tahoe Basin to the west and the Carson Valley to the east. Several spurs off the main road access peaks with Genoa Peak being the highest (9,150′). An excellent ten-mile loop off the main ridge is possible. Note! Mountain bikes are not allowed on the Rim Trail, from SR 207 to Spooner Summit. 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. Moderate; Elevation 7720′ / 8680′; 8 to 12 miles

  • Brockway Summit to Martis Peak

The Martis Peak Road is a short five-mile climb well worth the effort. Drive north on SR 267 from Kings Beach to Brockway Summit. Park one-half mile past the summit on Forest Service Road 18N02. Moderate/Strenuous; Elevation 7120′ / 8660′; 5 miles

  • McKinney – Rubicon Road

This world-class off-highway vehicle road offers a variety of biking opportunities from loop rides to difficult peak climbs. From SR 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. Moderate/Strenuous; Elevation 6400′ / 7200′; 6 to 15 miles

  • Marlette Lake / Flume Trail

Located in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, this popular trail is often crowded in the summer. Challenging even the expert rider, the trail begins east of the picnic area near Spooner Lake. Turn left on the dirt road that heads toward the meadow and follow a sandy road for five miles to Marlette Lake. Turn left across the dam. With magnificent views of Lake Tahoe, this single-track trail lies 1,500 feet above the lake. Remember to wear your safety helmet. Caution! Do not attempt this route if you are afraid of heights or unfamiliar with your bike. The trail ends at Tunnel Creek Road. To make a loop, turn right and ride to the top of the ridge. You will reach Twin Lakes in one-half mile. Seven-tenths of a mile past the lake sign, turn right or continue to the next main road and turn right. Turn right again on Forest Service Road 504, climb the ridge and where the road forks, continue straight to Marlette Lake. Take SR 28 to the Spooner Lake parking lot at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. A parking fee is charged. If you take two cars, be advised that limited parking is available at Tunnel Creek Road by the Ponderosa Ranch.
Strenuous; Elevation 7000′ / 8300′; 5 miles to Marlette Lake; 23-mile loop Flume Trail