Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking: North Shore
On the North Shore
Beginner/intermediate, 19 miles out-and-back. This popular mountain bike trail sees plenty of weekend traffic, but it’s a worthy ride for people of all ability levels. You’ll see plenty of wildflowers in spring and early summer while you roll along over fun and fast single track.
Getting there: Take exit 188B off I-80, head north on Hwy 89. Trailhead on right past Prosser Creek Bridge.
HOLE IN THE GROUND
Advanced, 17 miles. If you’re dying to test your technical skill, you owe it to yourself to ride Hole in the Ground. After climbing for a short time on a two-track road, you’ll turn left onto a technical singletrack that doesn’t let up for the entire ride. This ride is a challenging loop atop Donner Pass with a tough climb to start and challenging descent into lower Castle Creek Valley with many twists and turns and ups and downs. Sights include Lake Lola.
Getting there: I-80 west to Boreal Ridge exit, right at bottom of off-ramp. Park at pavement end. Pedal up the two-track and stay left of Pacific Crest Trail. Follow primary single track the rest of the way.
There’s a new vocabulary in mountain biking these days – “Do you ride regular trails or do you ride at Northstar?” – and that’s thanks to Northstar California’s more than 100 mountain bike trails. From beginner to advanced, they have it all.
Getting there: I-80 east to Hwy. 267 exit, right at signs for resort. Hwy. 28 to Hwy. 267 in King’s Beach.