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Lake Tahoe Getaways

Tahoe Bike Trails
along the south, north & west shores

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 Lake.

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 fields.

 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 rafting.

 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 Park

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.

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