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Lake Tahoe Summer Activities - Bicycling Lake Tahoe
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A fat-tire trek or a family cruise through the Lake Tahoe area is another way to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Bike rental shops offer mountain bikes, 10-speed street bikes, bicycles built for two, child carriers and safety helmets. There are plenty of backcountry roads, non-wilderness trails, cross-country ski trails and areas designated for off-highway vehicles.

Take the paved 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. For mountain bikers, the famous Flume Trail on the Lake's east side is a must.

Bike Rentals and Sales
A Village Mountain Surf & Sports
3552 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy. 50), Across from Lakeland Village
Anderson's Bicycle Rental
at the start of the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path, Hwy. 89 at 13th St.
Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
Mountain Sports Center
Hwy. 89 (2 Miles North of the Y)
Cutting Edge Sports
3930 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy. 50)
Fly Fishing Outfitters - Tahoe
3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy. 50)
Lakeview Sports
3131 Hwy. 50
Shoreline Ski & Sports
259 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV
Sierra Ski & Cycle Works
3430 Hwy. 50
South Shore Bike & Skate Shop
1132 Ski Run Blvd. off Hwy. 50
Tahoe Bike & Ski
8499 North Lake Blvd
Kings Beach, CA 96143
530 546 7437



Where to Ride?

1. Pope-Baldwin Bike Path (South Shore): The Forest Service maintains a nearly flat 3.4 mile path located on the south end of Lake Tahoe. Running parallel to Highway 89, it begins where the four-lane highway narrows to two lanes. This popular paved path passes through Camp Richardson and offers several scenic side trips to Pope and Baldwin Beach, the Tallac HIstoric Site, the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, and Fallen Leaf Lake. Please stay on the paved bike trail when passing through the Tallac Historic Site!

The Pope-Baldwin Bike Path is heavily used in the summer. Please slow down, warn hikers of your approach, and watch out for cars when crossing the side roads along the route!

2. South Lake Tahoe Bike Path (City of South Lake Tahoe): Starting where U.S. Highway 50 first touches Lake Tahoe at El Dorado Beach and Picnic Area, this increasingly popular paved path connects to other bike trails and lanes throughout the city of South Lake Tahoe and into Nevada. Part of the meandering bike trail bridges over Trout Creek and the Upper Truckee River with views across Truckee Marsh to Lake Tahoe. Bike lanes along U.S. Highway 50 continue to the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path.

3. Tahoe Trailways (West Shore) Bike Path: Tahoe City serves as the hub of the Trailways Bike Path system and offers access to numerous West Shore activities. Fifteen miles of paved pathways extend from Tahoe City in three directions. Funded by Cal Trans and maintained by the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD), this popular system of trails connects Sugar Pine Point State Park on the south, Alpine Meadows on the northwest, and Dollar Point on the northeast. Campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches, restaurants, the Gatekeeper's Cabin Museum, and the communities of Homewood, Tahoe Pines, Skyland, Timberland, Pineland, and Sunnyside are found along the way.

4. Incline Village/Lakeshore Drive Bike Path (Northeast Shore): Known locally in Incline Village as "The Joggers Trail", this 2.5 mile long paved trail starts at Gateway Park on Highway 28. Maintained by Washoe County, this path passes close to the shore of Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay and many interesting attractions.




Directory for Recreation and Attractions

Lake Tahoe Bike Trails Map
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Public parking for Trailways (3) cyclists is provided at the following locations:

Truckee River Recreation Trail and Public Access Trailhead, located on the west side of Highway 89, 1/4 mile south of Tahoe City. Free parking. Call the TCPUD Parks & Recreation Department at (530) 583-5544.

Kaspian Campground, located at the intersection of Hwy. 89 and Blackwood Canyon Road in Skyland, about 4 miles south of Tahoe City. Free parking, restrooms, and special bicycle campsites available. Owned by the USDA Forest Service and maintained under contract by the California Land Management Company. HInt: Blackwood Canyon is a great biking side-trip!

General Creek Campground, Sugar Pine Point State Park, located just south of Homewood on Highway 89. Day-use fee required. Call (530) 525-7232.