Guidebook

10 Best Mountain Bike Rides near Lake Tahoe

Explore the best mountain bike trails in one of the world's most famous mountain destinations.

Description

Lake Tahoe is easily one of the most famous mountain destinations in the world. The region initially came to fame because of the crystal-clear waters of the largest alpine lake in the USA, along with a massive array of ski resorts lining the nearby mountains. While mountain biking has always been a thing in Tahoe, in recent years, the Tahoe mountain biking scene has really blown up.

In this guidebook, you’ll find 10 of the best rides in the region, ranging from classic routes to new school trails built in the last couple of years. With difficulties ranging from beginner to expert, this deep selection of mountain bike routes will answer all of your Tahoe mountain biking questions.

Years ago, the only major rides in the region included a few sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Flume Trail, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But over the past decade or so, the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association has doubled down on both building new trails and improving existing historic routes. These efforts have lead to a more cohesive and entertaining mountain bike trail system than ever before... and the area just keeps getting better. Head to Angora Ridge and Sidewinder -> Corral to check out some of the newest trails.

Tahoe Rim Trail -> Flume Trail
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Tahoe Rim Trail -> Flume Trail

Lake Tahoe
38.9 km
735 m
1,466 m
An epic combination of two of Tahoe's most iconic trails.
Moderate
Private
The Flume Trail
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The Flume Trail

Lake Tahoe
28.1 km
728 m
511 m
The historic Flume Trail, traversing high above the stunningly-beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Moderate
Private
Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Watson Lake
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Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Watson Lake

Lake Tahoe
21.4 km
741 m
741 m
The Brockway to Watson Lake segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail provides an easily-accessible backcountry-style ride with occasional lake views
Moderate
Private
Hole in the Ground
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Hole in the Ground

Lake Tahoe
25.1 km
684 m
684 m
The Hole in the Ground is a 17-mile loop that provides an entertaining combination of everything a mountain biker could want.
Difficult
Private
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Lake Tahoe
16.4 km
562 m
833 m
South Lake Tahoe's classic, technical MTB descent.
Severe
Private
Angora Ridge

Angora Ridge

Lake Tahoe
25.0 km
706 m
706 m
One of the newest trails in Tahoe.
Difficult
Private
Armstrong to Strawberry IMBA Epic
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Armstrong to Strawberry IMBA Epic

Lake Tahoe
58.1 km
1,745 m
2,329 m
A classic backcountry-style IMBA Epic ride.
Severe
Private
Tahoe Rim Trail: Heavenly Mountain to Big Meadow
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Tahoe Rim Trail: Heavenly Mountain to Big Meadow

Heavenly
36.5 km
1,243 m
1,308 m
One of the most scenic parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Difficult
Private
Sidewinder -> Corral
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Sidewinder -> Corral

Lake Tahoe
14.1 km
451 m
450 m
One of the best flow trails in the Lake Tahoe region.
Difficult
Private
Stanford Rock Loop

Stanford Rock Loop

Lake Tahoe
23.4 km
743 m
743 m
A recently rerouted trail that now offers a delightful, flowy singletrack descent.
Difficult
Private