Here are some pictures and descriptions of the bike path opportunties around Lake Tahoe on the North Shore area, starting out of Tahoe City. Our store is called Tahoe City Bikes 530-581-5861, and we help nearly 100 people a day go riding along the beautiful paths and trails in the area.
The two directions you can ride from our store at 690 N. Lake Blvd in Tahoe City are:
1. along the Truckee River ending at the village at Squaw Valley in 7 miles.
2. along the West Shore bike path, ending at Sugar Pine State Park in 9 miles.
A few very scenic, paved, and quite roads await the more energetic cyclist. Try the 7 mile climb up Blackwood Canyon, stating 4 miles south of Tahoe City. The first 2 miles are pretty flat, then the road gets moderately steep and climbs to Barker Pass. Or go up the 5 mile climb to Alpine Meadows Ski Area, starting 4 miles north of Tahoe City, along the Truckee River Bike path (Alpine Meadows Road).
We also have a store in Truckee called The Back Country at 11400 Donner Pass Rd. 530-582-0909. There are nice rides from this store parking lot too, but not dedicated, off-highway bike paths (they are coming in a few years). Our Truckee store is 10 miles north of Squaw Valley, where the Truckee River Bike Path starts. The highway shoulder is plenty wide and flat. Our Truckee store customers either head to Tahoe City on a longer ride, or ride across the street to Donner State Park and Donner Lake.
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Here is our Tahoe City bike shop, open from approximately mid May to mid October, depending on weather. I can bring bikes to you anytime of year of course. We share our building with friends who run Gear and Grind Cafe, selling fresh, healthy, locally made ice cream from Tahoe Creamery. They also do breakfast and lunch sandwiches and great coffee. We have computers to rent, and free wi-fi for your laptop. We are in the middle of town, on the lakeside of the street, in front of the Tahoe City Marina. Our address is 690 N. Lake Blvd. We also have Lake Tahoe Day Spa above us, for massage, facials, and other complimentary professional services.
In this photo we delivered 60 high quality off-road mountain bikes with helmets.
Leaving Tahoe City towards the Truckee River and West Shore bike paths, you just ride down the sidewalk or on the shoulder of hwy 28, for 1/4 mile. You cross over the Tahoe City Dam, the only outlet for huge Lake Tahoe. Check out the really big Trout and resist the urge to pull out out for dinner.
My wife and family in Squaw Valley, 7 miles from our store. We have all the gear you need for to take the kids on a bike ride. Put them in a trailer so they fall asleep for hours, or ride them on their own Trail-a-bike attached to your bike.
Adam's Trail-a-bikes fit on any bike with a modern seatpost diameter larger than 26.0. We suggest you rent our bikes, in the interest of getting you out on the trail FAST. It takes 15-20 minutes sometimes to fit the trail-a-bike to your bike, depending on the diameter and orientation of your seatpost.
We sell them of course too. They start around $160 and are great for kids as young as 3 years old. All they have to do is hold on and not fall asleep basically. When they do pedal, you can feel it helping you accelerate. So a 5-7 year old can really help you get up a hill, or down the path further! Plus they LOVE it. At 5' tall or so, you are too big for these.
We rent high quality child trailers from Burley and Avenir. They hook up to most bikes quite easily. They provide protection from wind and rain, and have a large storage area behind the kids. Most children fall asleep in these buggies, even if they are protesting in the parking lot. Put sunscreen on, chuck em in there, and get your life back for a few hours! They are very stable, lightweight, easy to pull, and can't flip over easily. You can even lay your bike down on it's side without affecting the trailer.
There are a few nice places to get off the bike path and play along the Truckee River. This large beach-like area is just a few hundred yards north of the intersection of Alpine Meadows Road. At this bike path intersection, you can eat lunch at the Crest Cafe or River Ranch. We suggest the former. You can see your bikes from the nice riverview deck, and enjoy great food from hard working, long time locals. River Ranch is nice too, but pretty crowded.
Most customers ride the 7 miles to Squaw Valley in about an hour. Check out all there is to do at Squaw Valley at www.squaw.com
This picture is just south of Sunnyside Resort, 3 miles south of Tahoe City on the West Shore.
This is Hurricane Beach, 4 miles south from Tahoe City. Dogs are allowed here due to the lack of sand. Blackwood Canyon is across the street.
Near blackwood canyon, on the west side of the road, is this lookout to climb up and explore called Eagle Rock. You'll find the best panoramic view of lake tahoe anywhere. Climbing up takes about 15 minutes and is easier on the north side.
This is Blackwood Canyon, 4 miles south from Tahoe City, across the street from the bike path. The canyon road is generally quite, although cars and motorcycles sometimes drive too fast back here on weekends. They are going up to hike the Ellis Peak Trail at the top. Most bike riders go 2 miles to the bridge and turn around to coast back down the slight grade. There is easy mountain biking in this area too.
This picture is further up Blackwood Canyon Road. There is no view at the top of the paved road, but the scenery in the canyon is very nice.
As you head further down the West Shore Bike Path, along hwy 89, the actual path disappears for a few miles. You will have to ride on a soft, gravely shoulder at times, and also follow bike route signs through a quiet neighborhood near the Homewood Ski Area. You also will cross hwy 89 a few times. This is done every day by hundreds of families with kids. But be careful, and help the kids navigate these hazards.
The trouble to get through the Homewood area is worth it. Sugarpine State Park is amazing, and worthy of the 9 mile journey. Bring a picnic lunch and check out the Ehrman Mansion, built in 1903.
When you return back to Tahoe City, consider riding a mile past our shop in the other direction, heading northeast on hwy 28. Turn right on Lake Forest Road, and make your own picnic at Lake Forest Beach or Pomin Park. The local boat launch is in here too.
This is what it looks like riding through town from our Tahoe City store. Ride on the sidewalk or in the bike lane. The sidewalk isn't very crowded, but you should only use this option if you need to with kids. Otherwise just ride down the street for 1 minute to reach the "Y", and the bike path.
Commons Beach is absolutely beautiful, with a huge modern playset area, bathrooms, grass lawn, and sandy beach. Check out the free Sunday music series from 4-8pm. There is also a great farmer's market on Thursdays.
now a few of the local trails. This is one of the meadows in Paige Meadows, only 2 miles from our Tahoe City store. Climb 700' up the fire road at the end of Rawhide Street, near the Granlibakken Resort. Come back to town on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Head to Scott Peak above the meadows if you have time.
This is the Tahoe Rim Trail on the East Shore, at "The Bench" in between hwy 50 and Kingsbury Grade.
This is right above Tahoe City on the Tahoe Rim Trail, near Watson Lake. Ride up easy paved and dirt roads, and bomb down trails into the Tahoe City Nordic Center. Or head over Painted Rock to Missing Link and Western States, ending at the bike path near Alpine Meadows Rd.
This is the Tahoe Rim Trail descent on the West Shore, from the famous and challenging Standford Rock Singletrack Loop. This is Twin Peaks in the picture.
This trail is above River Ranch, were off-road trails connect Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows Road. A 14 mile loop takes you through paige meadows and back on the bike path. We suggest doing the bike path section first, left on Alpine Meadows Rd, Left on Snowcrest St, get on the trail behind the closed gate, and stay left the whole way through the woods until you hit Tahoe City again. Take the additional 45 minute detour up to Scott Peak at the highest point in this climb if you have time and legs for it.
This is the General Creek Trail above Sugar Pine State Park Campground. Ride an easy few miles from the park, or do it the real way. Go up the Rubicon McKinney Jeep Road behind the town of Tahoma (follow signs for OHV access from hwy 89). Turn left after the 3rd lake (miller lake). Ride a lush, overgrown trail to a point where it looks really ugly to continue on a steep rocky moto trail. Turn left right there, near a cairne on ground, and descend into the actual General Creek. You can tell you are entering a canyon by looking around. Find the bike path after cruising through Sugar Pine's Campground. About 20 miles, and one of the early, classic Tahoe Area mountain bike adventures.
The famous Flume Trail on the East Shore. Email me for the best route for your group. There are many options.
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