LOCAL RIDE INFO

Paved Bike Paths

There are a variety of paved multi-use paths in the area.  There are bathroom facilities, water fountains, and trail markers available on these routes.  Bike maps are available at our rental desk, and feel free to ask for advice on what trail would best suit your needs!  All the paths are easily accessible from Olympic Bike Shop.

 

Truckee River Path
The most popular path follows the Truckee River to Squaw Valley for 8 miles, and is relatively flat.  This is a great ride for casual cyclists, families, and folks wanting to take it easy.

 

West Shore Path
This route follows the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, ending at Sugar Pine State Park, 12 miles from Tahoe City.  This path is more strenuous, includes detours through quiet residential neighborhoods, and crosses Highway 89 several times.  There is a section in Homewood where the bike path is not yet finished; riders are required to share the highway with a minimal shoulder. However, the end of the trail is well worth it.  You’ll find a state park with lots of grass, beautiful beaches, and a public pier.

 

Dollar Hill Path
A shorter multi-use path travels from the north end of Tahoe City to the top of Dollar Hill, and is a popular way to get to and from town.  This trail provides good access for off road riding.

For a detailed map — CLICK HERE!

Road Biking

There are few paved roads in the area that are free from traffic, but we know where they are, so ask! Riding around the lake is about 72 miles, with approximately 3000 feet of elevation gain along the way. However,there are not dedicated bike lanes on all sections of the road, and the traffic can be fast-paced and constant. If you are going to ride around the lake, we recommend that you plan your trip mid-week, get an early start, and ride in a clockwise direction.  Please call for more specific information on road riding.

Mountain Biking

Lake Tahoe is rightly famous for the incredible mountain biking available in the area. From the world famous Flume Ride to the experts-only sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, Olympic Bike Shop staff can direct you to the trails that you will love to ride. We also have maps, shuttle information, tools, and everything else you will need to have a great day on the trails.

 

Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails Near Tahoe City

Trail NameDistanceDifficulty
PAGE MEADOWS8 MilesEasy
GLASS MOUNTAIN / THUNDER CLIFFS9 MilesAdvanced
MOUNT WATSON25.4 MilesModerate
WALTERNATE / WESTERN STATES12.5 MilesAdvanced
SCOTT PEAK15 MilesModerate
STANFORD ROCK17 MilesAdvanced
MOUNT BALDY OUT + BACK13.5 MilesDifficult
GENERAL CREEK5.5 MilesModerate
WATSON CREEK18 MilesAdvanced
TAHOE CITY CROSS COUNTRYNANA

Please be considerate & respectful of our environment while you are on our bike paths, roads and trails.

Lake Tahoe is rightly famous for the incredible mountain biking available in the area. From the world famous Flume Ride to the experts-only sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, Olympic Bike Shop staff can direct you to the trails that you will love to ride. We also have maps, shuttle information, tools, and everything else you will need to have a great day on the trails.

 

Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails Near Tahoe City

Trail Name
PAGE MEADOWS
Distance8 Miles
DifficultyEasy
GLASS MOUNTAIN
THUNDER CLIFFS
Distance9 Miles
DifficultyAdvanced
MOUNT WATSON
Distance25.4 Miles
DifficultyModerate
WALTERNATE
WESTERN STATES
Distance12 .5 Miles
DifficultyAdvanced
SCOTT PEAK
Distance15 Miles
DifficultyModerate
STANFORD ROCK
Distance17 Miles
DifficultyAdvanced
MOUNT BALDY
OUT + BACK
Distance13.5 Miles
DifficultyDifficult
GENERAL CREEK
Distance5.5 Miles
DifficultyModerate
WATSON CREEK
Distance18 Miles
DifficultyAdvanced
TAHOE CITY
CROSS COUNTRY
DistanceNA
DifficultyNA

Please be considerate & respectful of our environment while you are on our bike paths, roads and trails.