Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking: South Shore
On the South Shore
KINGSBURY TO SPOONER
Intermediate/advanced, 9.6 miles one way. If you’re looking for some great views, technical riding, good climbs and fun descents this is the trail for you. You’ll gain 1,220 feet and lose 1,540 feet over 9.6 miles, then turn around to gain what you’ve lost and lose what you’ve gained. Or set a shuttle half-way if you’re short on time or motivation. The views rival the Flume trail on this technical ride where you’ll have to be ready for rock steps and hair pin turns. Follow the orange diamonds to stay on track.
Getting there: From Highway 50 at Stateline head up Kingsbury Grade towards Daggett Pass, turn left on North Benjamin and park in the lot where the road turns to dirt. Ride up the main road and turn left at the third road. About a half-mile later, turn uphill to start the ride.
Beginner/intermediate/advanced, all distances. There’s plenty of riding at Kirkwood winter and summer for both beginners and advanced riders. Beginners will want to try Summer Road which starts at the base area and climbs to the top of Chair 2 before descending to Chair 3. Intermediate riders should check out Vista Trail into Devil’s Corral continuing on either Upper Corral or Lower Corral loops. This ride features fun singletrack with plenty of wildflowers, waterfalls and creek crossings. Advanced riders head to Thunder Mountain and Horse Canyon trails with exhilarating descents.
Getting there: From South Lake Tahoe take Highway 50 towards Meyers and turn south on Highway 89. Continue 11.1 miles before turning west (right) at the Highway 88 junction. Turn left into Kirkwood after 14.3 miles.
MR. TOAD’S WILD RIDE
Advanced, 20 mile loop. Mountain bikers can breathe easy on this highly technical and arduous trail. However, that doesn’t mean this ride is going to be easy. Toted as one of the most technical, demanding and exhilarating rides in the Tahoe area you’ll climb 3,200 feet before screaming down the technical Saxon Creek Drainage on the way home. Bring plenty of water.
Getting there: From South Lake Tahoe head east on Highway 50 towards Myers. Turn onto Pioneer Trail at the stop light and follow for almost a mile before turning right on Oneidas. Park at the turnoffs past the Forest Service gate.
Beginner/kids, out and back ride. One of the benefits of the Powerline trail is that you can start from the heart of South Lake Tahoe and simply enjoy the fast, mellow, rolling terrain through forest and wildflowers in spring and early summer or you can use the Powerline trail to hook up to longer rides on the Tahoe Rim Trail or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Beginners will simply want to stay on the Powerline trail and turn around when they’ve had enough. Caution: this trail is open to motorized vehicles.
Getting there: Powerline parallels Pioneer Trail Road, making many access points along the trail, but to start from the top turn up Ski Run Blvd. from Highway 50. Turn right again near the top of the road before it dead ends.