The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a 168 mile path that circles the iconic lake. Only a select few portions are open to mountain bikers. Some of the best are found on the northeastern circuit that connects via Tahoe Meadows and the Flume Trail to the TRT. Incredible views, spicy riding, and memorable adventures await on this classic ride.
What Makes It Great
The TRT is best done as a shuttle ($15) from the Tunnel Creek Cafe and please note, the TRT is only open to bikes on even numbered days. The sheer grandiose nature of this ride is worth the extra fuss to set up logistics. Views of Lake Tahoe are simply gorgeous, with each new viewpoint more spectacular than the previous. The riding is a lot of fun as well, with a combination of singletrack, packed sand, boulders, and enough technical terrain to keep your wandering eyes focused on the trail. There are some stiff climbs (hey, you have to earn those views somehow) and navigation for first timers can take a little work, but the overall experience of this trail is fantastic. The TRT eventually merges to the steep, speedy, singletrack of the Flume Trail, where sandy, forested, switchbacks drop back down to lower elevations.
Who is Going to Love It
If you're not in shape, you'll be exposed pretty early in the ride. A 900 foot vertical gain out of Tahoe Meadows isn't technical but can sizzle the quads of the uninitiated. The terrain itself is geared towards intermediates with good lungs, so beginners might be challenged along the way. Experts enjoy the variety of skills employed to master the trail, stiff climbs and, of course, the zippy descents.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The shuttles from Tunnel Creek Cafe, 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd.Incline Village, NV 89451, are the way to go. They are $15 per person and you will finish your ride at the Tunnel Creek Cafe.