West of Truckee, the Lower Lola Montez Trail is a 3 mile one-way mountain bike trek.
Take the Soda Springs exit off I-80 on the north side of the freeway, follow the paved road east for three-tenths mile to the parking area. Since much of the trail (3 mi./600) is over private property, bikers are requested to stay on the trail and observe the property rights of the landowners.
From the trailhead follow the trail north for one quarter mile to a road. Turn right. The road will take you to lower Castle Creek crossing (the creek bed is lined with wire meshing, use caution in crossing to avoid flat tires). The single track begins again one quarter mile after the creek crossing, and then climbs steeply for another one-quarter mile, where it ties in with the road again, turn right. For the next quarter mile the road gently ascends. At the end of the road, which is also the beginning to the Motor Vehicle Restricted Area, the trail leads to an open meadow. From there it is one-quarter mile to Lower Lola Montez Lake. The lake is wonderful for swimming and a popular camping place. The trail or road is heavily used by hikers especially on the weekends. Remember to be considerate and controlled during your descent.