Northeast of Truckee, the Verdi Peak Trail is a 28 mile loop on dirt road.
To reach the trailhead at Boca Rest Campground from I-80 East, take the Hirschdale Exit, turn left. Cross the bridge and the railroad tracks and continue to the Boca Rest Campground.
Look for the forest Service sign indicating Verdi Peak is 14 miles. The sign is across the street from the Campground. The mountain bike ride begins here. Follow the Verdi Peak Road #72 for the majority of the gradual climb. At the junction of 72 and 72-28 turn right onto 72-2 8. This is the homestretch. Approximately three more miles up to the peak and fire lookout. Descend back to the junction of 72-28 and 72. Either turn left here and retrace your ascent back to Boca Rest Campground or turn right on the 72 road and descend to Henness Pass Road. Turn left on the Henness Pass Road and descend to the Stampede Road junction where you will turn left onto the paved road. The last leg of your mountain bike ride is on this paved road back to Boca Rest Campground.
Overall, Verdi Peak Trail is the 60th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.