5 Things to Know About Mountain Biking in Reno Tahoe

5 Things to Know About Mountain Biking in Reno Tahoe

There might not be any greater way to experience rugged terrain and gorgeous views of Reno Tahoe than on two wheels (at least in the summertime, sorry snowboard!). Here are five places to check out before planning your biking trip.

1. Flume Trail

The world famous Flume Trail is one of the most beautiful bike rides in the world with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe along the eastern shore.  With Tahoe Meadows on one end, and Spooner Lake on the other, this bucket-list worthy ride will give you the classic Tahoe experience. This moderately difficult trail is a one-way, 14-mile ride at 7000′ to 8000′. There are definitely steep sections, but the spectacular views are worth any temporary fear of heights. Flume Trail Mountain Bikes, operating since 2000, is your one-stop shop, providing bike rentals and shuttles from both ends of the trails so you can worry about having an amazing ride, and not worry about logistics.

Bonus Points: Fuel up for your ride with an espresso and/or breakfast burrito at the Tunnel Creek Cafe, located next to the Flume Trail backcountry trailhead.


 Photo: Flume Trail Bikes



The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) is a non-profit organization “dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multi-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promotion of responsible trail use.” Members of TAMBA have spent over 13,000 hours of volunteer work on more than 13 different trails in the Tahoe area. If your passion is mountain biking in Reno Tahoe and want to give back to the sport and environment you love, join TAMBA for their trail building and maintenance projects, bike rides, and trail advocacy work.

Bonus Points: Hop on your bike and get a little weird at the TAMBA Corral Night Ride, the annual night ride around Halloween that involves crazy costumes, random weirdness, all while riding at night!


 Photo: TAMBA


3. Northstar California

No guide to mountain biking in Reno Tahoe is complete without mentioning Northstar California. Known for being a winter wonderland during ski season, Northstar effortlessly transforms into a mountain biking wonderland for the summer. Opening 5/27 just in time for Memorial Day, Northstar Bike & Hike Park features LIFT ACCESS which means, dear rider, that you won’t have to trudge up the mountain every time you want to fly down it.

There are beginner to advanced cross country and free-ride mountain biking trails. bike rentals, and bike shop services, and many options for dining, shopping, and relaxing in the village. You’ve never barreled down a mountain on two wheels? Northstar Bike Academy offers lessons and clinics to help being you to the next level. Adult (13+) lift tickets $54 with season passes available.

Bonus points: Pumps on Pedals Women’s Weekends brings ladies of all mountain bike ability levels together for two days of breakfast, coaching, lunch, riding, and more. This event is offered two weeks this summer, July 9-10 and August 6-7.


 Photo: Northstar California


4. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Start your trail biking at Squaw Valley and ride along the Truckee River all the way to the shores of Lake Tahoe for a perfect family activity this summer. This trail is safely separated from Route 89, which provides an incredibly scenic way to tour the Tahoe area. Squaw Valley also features bike rentals and ‘biking on mountain’ with four scenic trails. Come prepared for a workout as the ‘biking on mountain’ is not lift accessed.

Bonus Points: Tend to those sore muscles after riding with a dip in their High Camp Pool & Hot Tub with gorgeous views at 8,200′, accessible by the Aerial Tram.

 Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


5. Great Basin Bicycles

Known as Reno’s most comprehensive bicycle shop, Great Basin Bicycles carries five top quality brands with 300+ bicycles in the store, guarantee 24 hour repairs, and has an extensive listing of maps for trail rides in Reno, Tahoe, and the surrounding area on their site.

Bonus Points: Legs itching to ride during the winter months? Check out their Compu-Trainer Classes, offered all winter long. Unlike spin class, these classes are done indoors on your own personal bike.

great basin bicycles

Photo: Great Basin Bicycles


 Cover Photo: TAMBA

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