Tahoe Rim Trail For Mountain Biking

The 34th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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Encircling scenic Lake Tahoe in the Tahoe National Forest, the 150 mile Tahoe Rim Trail is open to mountain biking and follows high ridges and mountain tops on a spectacular circuit around the largest alpine lake. The southwestern quadrant parallels the Pacific Crest Trail (no bikes).

The section of the TRT between Tahoe City and Tahoe Vista is the BEST alpine riding around. A little of everything. Almost all singletrack. Brutal climbs, screaming descents, great technical riding. This trail section of trail was mostly built by mountain bikers, but the agency which is in charge of managing it (Lake Tahoe Interagency …something) is run by HOHAS.

Another popular sections runs from Spooner Summit trailhead north to the Tahoe Meadows trailhead (22 miles).

A challenging stretch follows the Rim Trail past Freel Peak, the highest peak in the basin (10,881'). Take Highway 89 south of Myers on the Big Meadows parking lot. The trail starts at the north end of the parking lot. A longer trip is possible by taking two cars and parking one car at the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort’s Stagecoach parking lot. The trailhead begins 1/8 mile up Stagecoach Run. NOTE: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the trail from Armstrong Pass north to fountain Place nor from Star Lake north to High Meadows (Private property).

There are nine trailheads:

1) Spooner Summit on US50

2) Tahoe Meadows on SR431

3) Brockway Summit on SR267

4) Tahoe City on SR89

5) Barker Pass

6) Echo Lake on US50

7) Echo Summit west of snowpark area

8) Big Meadow off SR89 south of US50

9) Kingsbury Grade at Heavenly Stagecoach parking lot.

Overall, Tahoe Rim Trail is the 34th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Tahoe Rim Trail including Flume Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail, Coldstream Canyon Trail, Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake, Lower Lola Montez Trail and Martis Peak LookoutOld Emigrant Trail.

Tahoe Rim Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tahoe Rim Trail Association (775) 588-0686; Tahoe National Forest (916) 265-4531; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Cyclepaths Bike Shop, Tahoe City.

Recommended Book:  "Tahoe Rim Trail Complete Guide" from Tim Hauser

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Wildcat Cabin, Spooner Lake (888) 858-8844

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/10/2016

ID:  5904

Tahoe Rim Trail Mountain Biking Map


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