A favorite activity around the lake is taking
the growing number of bicycle trails through scenic
woods, beside the beaches, and through state and local
parks. Designated bike trails are found in South Lake
Tahoe, the Tahoe City and Squaw Valley area, and on the
North Shore at Tahoe Vista and Incline Village.
In addition, mountain bikes are used during summer months at several of the ski resorts including Heavenly, Squaw Valley, and Northstar. On this page are recreational trails suitable for cruisers, comfort bikes and also mountain bikers not looking for much of a challenge.
South Lake Tahoe
The 3.9 mile Pope-Baldwin Bike Path hugs
Highway 89 and leads west to Emerald Bay,. The South
Lake Tahoe Bike Path, starts at Highway 50 near El
Dorado Beach and connects to other bike trails and lanes
throughout the city of South Lake Tahoe and then into
Nevada at Stateline (past the casinos)
1 - Pope-Baldwin Bike Path
Starting south of Emerald Bay at the Pope-Baldwin
Beach the flat 3.4 mile path meanders south past Camp
Richardson, the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf
2 - South Lake Tahoe Bike Path
This path starts where Hwy. 50 touches Lake Tahoe at
El Dorado Beach, and connects to other bike trails and
lanes in city of South Lake Tahoe and also leads into
Nevada. Part of the trail bridges over Trout Creek and
the Upper Truckee River just south of the lake.
North Lake Tahoe
Paved trails run from Tahoe City to Dollar Point,
Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park, and from Tahoe
City to Squaw Valley. The Tahoe City Public Utility
District and Caltrans fund bicycle trails in and around
Tahoe City. These trails are maintained by the Tahoe City
Department of Parks and Recreation. These are
general-purpose trails, also used by walkers, joggers,
and roller-blade skaters.
1 - Tahoe City to Dollar Point
The 2 1/2 mile paved multi-use bike trail is mostly
flat with a easy 1/2 mile climb up Dollar Point. The
trail provides access to Burton Creek State Park,
Skylandia Park, Lake Forest Beach and campgrounds, Pomin
Park, and Tahoe State Park. Lake Forest park features
fishing, playgrounds, picnic areas and athletic
2 - Tahoe City to Squaw Valley
This multi-use bike trail runs 4 miles along the
Truckee River and is mostly flat with a few easy grades.
The trail ends at Midway Bridge, at the Western States
Trailhead. The entrance to Squaw Valley is another 1/2
mile from Midway Bridge and access runs along the
shoulder of Highway 89. A bike-trail bypass is under
construction for this section. The trail provides access
to fishing, picnic areas, restaurants, and river
3 - Squaw Valley to Truckee
From Squaw Valley there is a designated bike lane on
Highway 89, north to West River Road in Truckee.
4 - Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State
This 9 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs
along West Shore Blvd and includes several highway
crossings, 2 miles of highway shoulder and residential
streets. Some moderate grades are included. Scenic lake
views. Provides access to Kilner Park, picnic areas,
playgrounds, tennis, fishing, boating and campgrounds.
Access to Ward and Blackwood Canyons await you at the end
of this trail.
5 - Tahoe Vista
This is a short (1-mile)trail, starting at the end of
the parking lot in North Tahoe Regional Park. The path
runs up National Avenue through the woods to Pinedrop
Street, ending at Highway 267.
6 - Incline Village
Two paved bike paths are maintained by Washoe County.
A 2 1/2- mile section runs between Lakeshore Drive and
the Ponderosa Ranch. Another 2-mile section runs between
Sierra Nevada College and the lake.
A 2.5-mile trail -- used by cyclists and
walkers/joggers -- starts at Gateway Park on Hwy. 28 and
follows the shore of Lake Tahoe, passing Lake Shore
estates. After the bike trail ends you can continue along
Hwy. 28-south. Mountain bike trailheads are located to
the left and the beaches to your right.