From Truckee take Highway 89 South for approximately 7 miles. Across the street from Big Chief is a parking area where Forest Service Road 8 begins. Park here. There are many options in the Pole Creek and Silver Peak area. To get to the spectacular scenery below the ridge line and the head of the drainage, follow road 8 which climbs gradually. You will come to a sign for Upper Pole Creek, turn left here and continue the climb The mountain bike rider will experience forested areas, beautiful meadows and awesome mountain peaks. With a good map the cyclist can find Silver Peak (to the south of the head of the Pole Creek drainage) and easily bike to the summit in an hour. As always use caution descending the well graded lower portion of Forest Service Road 8.
Overall, Pole Creek Area is the 72nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.