The Bicycle Paths at Lake Tahoe are open between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend. Use is generally longer, at your own risk. The Tahoe City Public Utility District and Caltrans do not maintain the paths during the winter months. The trails become usable after one or two months of warm weather at lake level. Official opening will be posted when available.
Tahoe City to Dollar Point
This 2 1/2 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail is mostly flat with a easy 1/2 mile climb up Dollar Point. Provides access to Burton Creek State Park, Skylandia Park, Lake Forest Beach, Lake Forest Boat Ramps and Campgrounds, Pomin Park, and Tahoe State Park. The Lake Forest Campgrounds feature fishing, playgrounds, picnic areas and athletic fields. Mountain bike trails are accessed over residential streets. TART serviced.
Tahoe City to Squaw Valley
This 4 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs along the scenic Truckee River and is mostly flat with a few easy grades. The trail ends at Midway Bridge where you will find the Western States Trailhead. The entrance to Squaw Valley is another 1/2 mile from Midway Bridge and access runs along the shoulder of Highway 89. Construction of a bypass to the highway is well under way and will make a beautiful addition when completed. This is a very popular, scenic path with the Truckee River lapping at the edges of the paved trail. Provides access to fishing, picnic areas and river rafting. TART serviced.
From Squaw Valley there is a designated bike lane on Highway 89 to West River Road in Truckee.
Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park
This 9 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs along West Shore Blvd and includes several highway crossings, 2 miles of highway shoulder and residential streets. Some moderate grades are included. Scenic lake views. Provides access to Kilner Park, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, fishing, boating and campgrounds. Access to Ward and Blackwood Canyons await you at the end of this trail.
A 1 mile section starts at the end of the parking lot in North Tahoe Regional Park. The path runs up National Avenue through the woods to Pinedrop Street, ending up at Highway 267.
Two paved bike paths are maintained by Washoe County. A 2 1/2 mile section runs between Lakeshore Drive and the Ponderosa Ranch. TART access. Another 2 mile sections runs between Sierra Nevada College and the lake. TART access.
Also, known locally as the "jogger's trail" this 2.5 mile long paved trail starts at Gateway Park on Hwy. 28 and follows the shore of Lake Tahoe. The trail passes by beautiful Lake Shore estates. Trail ends at the top of 28. If you continue along 28 south on the highway, mountain bike trailheads are located to the left and beautiful beaches to your right.
South Lake Tahoe
Take the paved 3.9 mile Pope-Baldwin Bike Path, which hugs Highway 89 and leads west to Emerald Bay, or try the South Lake Tahoe Bike Path, also paved, which starts at Highway 50 near El Dorado Beach and connects to other bike trails and lanes throughout the city of South Lake Tahoe and then into Nevada.
Pope-Baldwin Bike Path
Starting south of Emerald Bay at the Pope-Baldwin Beach the flat 3.4 mile path meanders south past beautiful Camp Richardson, the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake.
South Lake Tahoe Bike Path
The South Lake Tahoe Bike Path starts where Hwy. 50 first touches Lake Tahoe at El Dorado Beach and connect to other bike trails and lanes throughout the city of South Lake Tahoe and into Nevada. Part of the trail bridges over Trout Creek and the Upper Truckee River just south of the lake.
Rules of the Road:
- Ride safely at your own risk.
- Bicyclists must obey all traffic laws.
- Helmets are always recommended and they are mandatory for children under 18 years of age.
- Trails are for multiple use - please yield - and remember to always ride at a safe speed.
- Keep to the right on bicycles, to the left if walking or running.
- Do not obstruct the trail, move to the side when stopping.
- Ride only where bicycles are permitted.
- Protect the environment and minimize erosion by avoiding wet and muddy areas.
- Please don't litter, pack it out.
- Watch for and yield to trail maintenance equipment and crews.
- Always notify others on the trails that you are about to overtake from behind with a loud "on your right (or left)".