Three places to ride your bike around South Shore

You’ve arrived at the Ridge Tahoe and have settled in for your stay. Now you’re ready to explore the area on and off road by way of bike. Where do you go? Which trail should you take?

The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay.

Make sure you take a break to take in the views. Photo Credit: Ben Fish.
Make sure you take a break to take in the views.
Photo Credit: Ben Fish.

Here are three trails to try:

  1. While it is only one mile long, it does have a lot of promise. The first mile of the demonstration phase of America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway spans from Kahle Drive to Elks Point Road at Nevada Beach. Another segment of trail is scheduled to be finished this summer. This trail meanders nicely and takes you over a bridge. It is an ideal place to stop and bike before you pedal south.
  2. Van Sickle Bi-State Park just minutes from the Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the park allows for nearby biking with great views.  The lower level climb is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings but then it builds and becomes steeper, ideal for a strenuous leg workout. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course, and Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance. If you are ready for a longer ride then continue beyond the waterfall and head up to The Tahoe Rim Trail. The trail is 3.6 miles from the start of the trailhead to where it meets up with The Tahoe Rim Trail.
  3. Further from the Ridge Tahoe, you can explore South Shore via the South Lake Tahoe Bike Path. The mostly paved path starts where Highway 50 first touches Lake Tahoe at El Dorado Beach and connects to other bike trails and lanes throughout the city of South Lake Tahoe and into Nevada.

There are 7.16 miles of class one bike trails within the City of South Lake Tahoe, linking the Stateline area with the west side of town. From there you can connect with the bike trail that is adjacent to Highway 89 and leads to Camp Richardson.

Where do you plan to ride your bike this summer?

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