January 22, 2015 - This is the 4th winter in a row of unprecedented dry conditions and lack of snow. There are not too many trails in Tahoe that are rideable however. Mud, snow, ice and downed trees make the conditions here less than ideal.
This may seem painfully obvious, BUT here’s a few things to keep in mind if you venture out for a ride:
- Stay to dry trails or ride in freezing temps in the early morning or evening so you don’t cause big muddy ruts.
- Stay on the trail if you see a downed tree or obstacle. The wind storm in December knocked hundreds of trees down on the trails, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has removed over 60 trees so far just in the Kingsbury area. Our sawyers and USFS crews will be out there clearing the tress too as time allows.
- Don’t be a gaper and ruin a sculpted trail like Corral by riding it in the mud and causing big ruts. Sure you might look macho with all that mud splattered around, but that dirt should stay on the trail, not your hairy legs or spandex tights. Those big ruts on the jumps will need to be fixed this spring causing us more work instead of building more fun stuff.
OK, so where to ride???
- Tahoe Mountain in South Lake Tahoe is a wintertime favorite.
- Powerlines and Lower Cold Creek are OK right now, with a few trees down closer to Ski Run.
- Lower Van Sickle Trail is fun with snow above the waterfall.
- Reno has all time conditions, check out the trails at Peavine. MAP HERE
- Genoa and Carson Valley have some fun new trails, Clear Creek has been super popular. MAPS HERE
- Follow our Instagram feed @tambatahoe – we post a lot of current photos.
- Send us a note; let us know what you’re riding. info @ mountainbiketahoe.org
Also, if you are looking to meetup with other riders for some Tahoe mountain biking adventures, then join our new group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RideTahoe/
If you have additional trail condition info to contribute, please email to: info @ mountainbiketahoe.org
Also, Here’s some more riding options nearby :
* Genoa, NV - There’s about 12 miles of newly built single along with a new connector trail up to the Rim Trail near the Bench. Only a 25 min drive away from South Lake Tahoe. For a map check out the Carson Valley Trails Association, this volunteer group has done an amazing job getting these trails built, support them! MAP HERE
*Reno, NV – Plenty to ride out by Peavine and at the base of Mount Rose (Whites Creek and Thomas Creek).
*Pinenuts, NV – On the east side of the Carson Valley, there’s a ton of trails for dirt bikes, mtn bikes, and horses, get some gps tracks first or you might get lost. It gets hot and dusty out here in the summer, but time it right in the winter, spring or fall and the riding is really fun.
*Auburn, CA – Perennial Favorite for winter riding, about 2 hours’ drive from Tahoe.
*Sly Park, CA – Just off highway 50 near Placerville, there’s some good loops out here. Only about an hour from South Lake Tahoe
*Downieville, CA - A true classic. More info on the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship page.