This mountain bike tour of Lake Tahoe is talked about as one of the “Fifty Best Trips on the Planet”. You glide through the forests and along the hidden lakes around Lake Tahoe. Peak climbs can be tough, but the phenomenal views make the effort well worthwhile.
132 km / 82 mi
Excellent meals, all meals provided except where noted on itineraries
Snacks and sport-drinks included.
Support vehicle and bike maintenance.
Guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts.
Gratuity for guides not included.
Please plan on arriving in Lake Tahoe or Reno at least one day prior to your trip departure; day one of your itinerary starts at 9 a.m.
Deposit for this tour is $500.- pp.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat Average = narrow paths, steep climbing Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
132 km / 82 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Daily luggage transfers
22 Jun 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 - 03 Jul 2020 06 Jul 2020 - 10 Jul 2020 13 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 - 07 Aug 2020 10 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 17 Aug 2020 - 21 Aug 2020 24 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 14 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020
Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full Suspension or santa Cruz 5010 27.5 Full Suspension
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
Day 1: Spooner Lake and The Flume
After a meet-up in Reno, we shuttle to 14,300-acre Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, at a heady 7874-ft elevation. After orientation and introductions, we commence our first ride—The Flume Trail. Talk about a perfect bomb voyage! Besides unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe, Flume packs in moderately challenging climbs along with exhilarating, descents down a bygone flume chute. Kicking off at Spooner Lake - northeast of Incline Village—we lock into a four- and-a-half mile long, 1000-foot climb into the Carson mountain range. From the 8157-ft. summit at Marlette Saddle, greeted by swaying Lodgepole pine, our routing segues into the Flume Trail. Now 1600-ft. above the blue-green jewel known as Lake Tahoe, but only a half-mile distant, we sweep past Marlette Lake. A three-mile, 1500-ft descent to Tunnel Creek Road ultimately ends at the trailhead. Our support van waits there; poised to shuttle a contented group of cyclists to their inspired après moment at Northstar Resort*, closing out their first day with no less than a High Country classic.
*Northstar; Hidden among the trees in the majestic Martis Valley in North Lake Tahoe, Northstar welcomes you! You will discover what makes this resort unforgettable, feels timeless, and where comfort is top priority. Here, you’ll enjoy a personalized blend of adventure and relaxation over acres of diverse terrain and world-class amenities, as well as
our Village with superb après, fine dining, and chic boutiques.
Total Mileage | 15 miles 1397 gain Inn | Northstar Resort Ritz Carlton (Luxury option)
Day 2: Northstar and Mt. Watson
Care to get wonderfully sidetracked? A big house of groove, the Northstar Mountain Resort folds plush singletrack into cross-country epics, wide-in-the-hips downhill into all manner of buff trail. Soon as the snow melts, Northstar seamlessly transitions into the largest, lift-access mountain bike park in Northern California. From an easy-on-the- joints pleasure cruise with the family, to a get-acquainted technical descent on Sticks N’ Stones, or the venerated Boondocks trail... or catching air on the rollers of Livewire and Gypsy, Northstar is an fantasy of fat tire riches: 33 trails in all. Our guides’ deep intimacy with the sweet spots, interpreting the best, purpose-built trails in the Sierras means out-of-this-world deliverables: an experience that maximizes every thrilling line and topographic variation.
Total Mileage | 18 miles + Inn | Northstar Resort Ritz Carlton (Luxury option)
Day 3: Downyville Downhill
A one-hour shuttle takes us to Downyville, California. An erstwhile gold mining settlement, Downyville comes across as cozy and inviting, if not absorbing for its rich history. Dropped into some of the most profound, if charismatic nature California has to offer, we gear up with our friends at Yuba and ride from the nearby Sierra Buttes and Lakes Basin, routing along a series of epic trails. Descending from above 8000-ft to 3000-ft., the trails reflect a combo of mostly intermediate, albeit spiced with some advanced segments. Aftera day of world-class downhill, in the heart of the Sierra’s, we trade the big outdoors for some equally pleasurable indoor experience at the *Nakoma Resort.
*Nakoma Resort -Located in Northern California, Nakoma Resort is a four-season treasure situated in the epicenter of a mountainous outdoor recreation Mecca—the Lost Sierra. Surrounded by 8,000-ft. peaks, more than two-dozen alpine lakes and thousands of acres of national forest, Nakoma is the perfect basecamp for world-class mountain biking. Nakoma features a one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse, a mountain-modern 42-room lodge and a 12,000-sqf-recreation center with a climbing gym, fitness studio, theater, heated pool, hot tub and more. Nakoma defines elevated adventure.
Total Mileage | 17-34miles 1180-3200 gain Inn | Nakoma Resort
Day 5: Tahoe Rim Trail to Carson City
We go out with a Titan rocket-like bang, saving the Tahoe Rim classic for our finale. Kicking off at 8700-ft., our route sweeps from Incline Village up Tunnel Creek. Sweeping onto the Tahoe Rim, we gain the backcountry of Marlette Lake then along the old Red Flume. A true High Country epic, the Tahoe Rim trail lends big, spanning views not only
onto Lake Tahoe but Lake Washoe in Nevada, as well as the Carson Valley. From this vantage point, one can glimpse where the Sierras give way to the Great Basin, America’s largest desert. Pressing on, we sweep past Sunflower Hill, locked onto beautifully groomed sections of singletrack. Two-time national champ and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Max Jones first cleared this trail in 1987. Finishing on the far side of the mountains in handsome Carson City, we close out with a late lunch at a local landmark restaurant across from Nevada’s State Capitol. At approximately 4 p.m. we return to Reno, and bid each other farewell.
Total Mileage | 19 miles 2900 gain
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