One of the best ways to explore the diverse landscapes of Reno Tahoe is on two wheels. Make sure to leave your Downtown Reno motel, rent a bike and explore the best trails around. This region offers endless opportunities for mountain bikers – from beginners to the ones seeking an adrenaline rush. Take a ride along the alpine, desert and lake on groomed trails or more challenging terrain, and discover miles of stunningly beautiful views and hidden gems you can’t experience any other way.
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking Trails
Tahoe Rim Trail runs 168 miles along the edges of Lake Tahoe. For the reason that the trail is so long, it is divided into a several sections and many cater to mountain bikers. The trail is a blend of sand and silt, with a few steep climbs and downhill descents, making it an ideal option for riders of various levels.
While the Tahoe Rim Trail offers more advanced terrain in some areas, Picnic Rock Vista Ride is perfect for riders in search of a simpler route. The 3-mile round-trip is on the north shore of Lake Tahoe and offers riders views of pine forests and Lake Tahoe. For a moderate trail. McCloud Falls Ride offers a pleasant ride as you pass through colorful wildflowers and an uphill climb on rocky stairs rewards you with a hidden waterfall.
This trail is 6.4 miles round-trip, and the trailhead can be accessed from the west shore of Lake Tahoe. To make the most of this trail, make sure to leave your Reno NV hotel early in the morning. Head south on the Tahoe Rim Trail until you come to the 1st vista point and turn left to gain access to the Tyrolean Downhill trail.
This trail is for an intermediate to advanced rider, who is experienced navigating steep descents and hills. There are optional rocks and hills on the way down for the ones who would like a little more action.
The Flume Trail is probably one of the most well-known mountain biking trails near Lake Tahoe, with beautiful views along the entire trail. Some climbs along the route are challenging, but overall, the trail is quite suitable for intermediate riders. Starting at Spooner Lake State Park, the trail heads north towards Incline Village, dropping into a trailhead at Tunnel Creek Café.
You can ride this as one-way as there is a shuttle service between the locations, or ride it as a loop, heading back to Spooner Lake along the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Under the endless, sunny skies and surrounded by desert beauty, mountain biking in Reno-Sparks is just as relaxing as it is breathtaking. Once you are in the middle of your adventure, you will find the region’s hills open up for you in unexpected ways.
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