Paved cycling trails border much of the lake, and with some of the country's most captivating mountain bike routes, Tahoe has become a cycler's paradise.

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
870 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Weather conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared with the proper clothing, wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. For safety, wear a helmet.

Bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas, on the Pacific Crest Trail, on parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail nor on the self-guided nature trails at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Center. Most other trails and logging roads are open to mountain biking. If in doubt, check with us before you begin your trip.

While riding, please help protect the Basin's high alpine environment, an extremely fragile resource, by staying out of meadows and wet areas. Please do not cut switchbacks or make new trails.

National Forests belong to a variety of users. Trails are shared by hikers, horses and mountain bikes. Please use caution and courtesy when encountering another user. Enjoy your ride!

This area has several mountain biking opportunities, from paved roads to more difficult trails. See the map for your options. NOTE: Mountain bikes are not allowed past the gate at the end of Fountain Place Road nor the High Meadows area (Private property). From Highway 50 take Pioneer Trail one mile to Oneidas Road. Follow Oneidas to the end and park at the staging area.
Fountain Place ~Moderate`~6320'/8400'
2 to 10 miles

Enjoy a moderate ride with spectacular views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Mt. Tallac. Take Fallen Leaf Lake Road from Highway 89. Park past the campground on the right. Ride along Fallen Leaf Lake Road, take the first left, continue 1/2 mile and turn right on Angora Ridge Road (12N14).
Angora Ridge~Moderate~6360'/7440'
2 miles to Angora Lookout
4 miles to Angora Lakeside

Perfect for the biker with limited time, this short steep ride to the top of a mountain peak has great views of Lake Tahoe. Open for public use from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Access is off of Lake Tahoe Boulevard approximately 2 miles from the intersection of Highway 50 and 89. Caution:
This area is a very popular OHV Area.
Twin Peaks~Moderate~6400'/7010'
1 to 2 miles

Rising abruptly from Highway 89 for the first 1/2 mile, this trail levels off as it reaches Big Meadow. Trails leading to Round, Scotts and Dardanelles lakes provide access into Meiss Country with views of aspen covered hills from lodge pole cloaked forests. NOTE: This trail eventually intersects the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where mountain bikes are not allowed. Take Highway 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadow parking lot. Follow the trail at the southern end of the parking lot which leads across the highway to the trailhead.
Meiss Trail~Mod/Stren~7280'/8400'
5 miles

Enjoy a moderate ride along a ridge line with scenic views of the Lake Tahoe Basin to the west and Carson Valley to the east. Several spurs off the main road access peaks, Genoa Peak being the highest (9,150'). An excellent 10 mile loop off the main ridge is possible. NOTE: Mountain bikes are not allowed on the Rim Trail, from Highway 207 to Spooner Summit. From South Lake Tahoe, take Kingsbury Grade (Highway 207) and turn left on North Benjamin Road, which turns into Andria Drive. Continue to the end of the pavement and park. Take Genoa Peak Road (14N32). A longer trip is possible if you take two cars. Park the second vehicle off of Highway 50 behind the Nevada Department of Transportation Station (NDOT), 1/4 mile south of the Highway 28 and 50 junction.
Genoa Peak~Moderate~7720'/8680'
8 to 12 miles

The Martis Peak Road is a short 5 mile climb well worth the effort. Drive north on Highway 267 from Kings Beach to Brockway Summit. Park 1/2 mile past the summit on Forest Service Road 18N02.
Brockway Summit to Martis
5 miles

A world class OHV road which offers a variety of biking opportunities from loop rides to difficult peak climbs. From Highway 89 north of Tahoma turn west onto McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road. Turn left on Bellevue, right on McKinney Road, bear left onto McKinney- Rubicon Springs Road, continue to the dirt road and park. A longer ride is possible by taking two cars and parking one car at Blackwood Canyon.
McKinney/Rubicon Road~Strenuous~6400'/7200'

Some information is courtesy of the
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Located in Nevada State Park, this popular trail is often crowded in the summer. Challenging even the expert rider, the trail begins east of the picnic area near Spooner Lake. Turn left on the dirt road that heads toward the meadow and follow a sandy road for five miles to Marlette Lake. Turn left across the dam. With magnificent views of Lake Tahoe, this single track trail lies 1,500 feet above the lake. Remember to wear your safety helmet. Caution: Do not attempt if you are afraid of heights or unfamiliar with your bike. The trail ends at Tunnel Creek Road. To make a loop, turn right and ride to the top of the ridge. You will reach Twin Lakes in 1/2 mile, 7/10's of a mile past the lake sign turn right or continue to the next main road and turn right. Turn right again on Forest Service Road 504, climb the ridge and where the road forks, continue straight to Marlette Lake. Take Highway 28 to the Spooner Lake parking lot at Nevada State Park. A parking fee is charged. If you take two cars, limited parking is available at Tunnel Creek Road by Ponderosa Ranch.
Marlette Lake~Strenuous~7000'/8300'