Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking, California Bike Rentals & Tours

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Biking & Bike Rentals

Cyclists come to Lake Tahoe for a chance to ride on a variety of terrains including smooth bike paths, challenging mountain trails and scenic mountain roads.

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  • The riding season here usually begins in June and lasts through mid-November.
  • Tahoe’s many area bike paths, including the South Lake Tahoe path, are perfect for families.
  • Mr. Toads Wild Ride is a challenging ride for advanced mountain bikers.
  • Equipment Rentals are available at many area retail outlets.

Overview

When the snow melts, cyclists rejoice, because spring time means the start of the cycling season in Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re r a roadie looking for scenic mountain roads or a fat tire enthusiasts in search of endless single track, you’ll find it here in Lake Tahoe.

Where to go Biking

Road Biking
Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas are choked full of cycling opportunities. A few of the better rides include:

  • South Lake Tahoe Bike Path: This ten mile trail, also known as the forest bicycle trail, is perfect for families and those looking for an easy ride. The route follows the lakes south shore, with highlights including Pope and Baldwin Beaches, the restored Baldwin Estate, and a mountain stream.
  • Mount Rose Summit: If you’re looking for a challenging climb, look no further than Mount Rose Summit as you’ll climb more than 1,500 feet in just over 8 miles. Remember to climb all the way to the summit to be rewarded with views of the surrounding forest.
  • Tour of the California Alps: Also known as the death ride, this one is for experts only. This challenging route tackles five major mountain passes and more than 110 miles. Along the route expect breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding alpine forest.
Mountain Biking
Whether you’re looking for smooth fire roads or technical single track, Tahoe has you covered. Remember, federal and state wilderness areas are closed to bikes, so ride responsibly and stick to open trails.
  • Rim Trail: One of Tahoe’s most famous trails, the Rim Trail is an 18 mile loop on fire road’s. Expect exception views of the lake and breathtaking high alpine scenery.
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: The name here says it all. This 18 mile trail drops from 9,000 feet to 6,800 feet on technical single track. Experts only on this one. Remember, the trail is shared with hikers and equestrians so ride responsibly.
  • Fountain Place: This one is perfect for beginner cyclists and those looking for a moderate ride. Trails here vary in length from 2 to 10 miles and include paved roads, and moderate fire roads.
  • Mountain Bike Parks: If you’re one of those riders who doesn’t believe in “earning their descents,” many of the area resorts including Kirkwood and Northstar at Tahoe open their lifts to mountain bikers during the summer.

Guided Tours & Rentals

To get the inside scoop, hire a guide service. They’ll take care of the route finding and logistics so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Other Biking & Bike Rentals Resources

Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

The Lake Tahoe Bike Coalition offers information to local bike enthusiasts on events, races, group rides and local trails.

Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway

The Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway will be a future bikeway linking Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.