Lake Tahoe is well known amongst the Mountain bike community for some of its world class trails, here we continue our Lake Tahoe mountain bike trail guide with the trails located on the south shore.
South Shore Mountain Bike Trails
KINGSBURY TO SPOONER
This 9.6 mile one way trip is suitable for riders of intermediate to advanced skill levels, if you are looking for a trail offering some amazing views, good climbs, technical riding and incredibly fun descents then this is the trail for you. During the 9.6 mile run you will gain 1220 feet and lose another 1540 feet. If you are low on time or not sure that you will be able to complete the full run you always have the option of grabbing a shuttle ride half the way.
Directions: take the highway 50 until you reach the state line from there head to Dagget pass via Kingsbury grade. Take a left when you reach North Benjamin and you will find a parking lot. From the parking area take a short ride main road and take a left at the third road continue on for around half a mile where you will turn uphill to begin the ride.
Suitable for riders of all experience levels, there are plenty of options available for cyclists at Kirkwood from beginner to expert. Beginner riders should try summer road which begins at the base area before climbing to the top of chair two and then descends to chair three.
Riders of an intermediate level will want to head to vista trail which continues on to either of the corral loops (upper or lower). You will see plenty of wildflowers, creek crossings and waterfalls on this fun fast spaced single track. More advanced riders should head on over to Horse canyon and Thunder Mountain trails which are challenging and packed full of exhilarating descents.
Directions: Take the highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe and head towards Meyers then head south along highway 89. Carry on for a little over 11 miles before making a right turn at the highway 88 junction. Make a left turn towards Kirkwood after a further 14.3 miles.
- TOAD’S WILD RIDE
Definitely only for advanced riders, this trail is considered to be one of the most technical and challenging trails ever, with many mountain bikers travelling to the region with the sole purpose of conquering it. The trail is a 20 mile loop and climbs 3200 feet and then descends straight down the technical Saxon Creek towards the home stretch. Make sure you pack plenty of water before hitting this trail.
Directions: Take the highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe and then head east towards Myers. Take the turn on to the pioneer trail continue this path for around a mile before making a right at Oneidas. Parking is located at the turn off just past the forest service gate.
Perfect for beginners as well as kids, one of the main benefits with the powerline trail is being able to start at South Lake Tahoe and just enjoy the fast paced, relaxed, easy rolling terrain through beautiful forestry and wildflowers in the springtime and early summer. Alternatively you can include the powerline trail as part of a longer ride by connecting with the Mr. Toads wild ride or the Tahoe rim trail. Beginners should just stick to the powerline trail where they will simply be able to turn around once they have had enough for the day.
Directions: The powerline trail runs parallel with the pioneer trail road which makes a number of access points as the trail continues. In order to start from the top you should turn into Ski run Boulevard off the Highway 50 taking another right almost at the top of the road before you come to a dead end.