Best mountain biking trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Tahoe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of mountain biking trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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Top trails (48)
#1 - Tahoe Rim Trail to Picnic Rock Viewpoint
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Great day hike off the TRT to the Spur Trail Viewpoint (Picnic Rock) often thought of as the best views for the least amount of work. Moderate gain in elevation with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks makes this a must do short hike in the Tahoe area. The trailhead is up the hill from Northstar, between Truckee and Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Park in the lot on 267, or if you have 4WD or a higher clearance vehicle, you can also drive a ways up the dirt road across from the parking area to another lot. The trail is smooth single track and can easily be extended into a longer hike if you stay on the Rim Trail. If you just want to go to the viewpoint, about a mile in you will see a tree with an arrow shaped sign that says "Picnic Rock Lake View" letting you know you are almost there. There is no water along the trail, but there is a bit of shade to keep you cool on warmer days. Show more
#2 - Donner Tunnels
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Make sure to bring a flashlight for the tunnels!Show more
#3 - Euchre Bar Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
This is the shortest of the nine access trails into the North Fork American River canyon, and the only one with a bridge over the river. It can be done either as an out-and-back trail to the bridge, or a rim-to-rim trail via Dorer Ranch Road, where it passes some old mining equipment.Show more
#4 - Sagehen Creek Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Pleasant hiking although crowded beginning when weather is nice. Nice wildflowers and birds especially near the reservoir. The fastest way to get to the end of the trail is via the Hobart Mills Rd and then off onto a dirt road for a bit. Show more
#5 - Crooked Lakes Trail to Penner Lake
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
#6 - Sardine Lakes
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
#7 - Point Mariah and Sterling's Canyon Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Great trail at the Royal Gorge Ski Area in Soda Springs, Ca. The trail is managed by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. It's a pretty short trail and not too much incline. The most challenging aspect is the elevation if you're not used to it. The best part of this trail is the view at Point Mariah. It's amazing- to the east is the Sierra crest, and to the west is the North Fork of the North Fork of the American River and Snow Mountain. It's incredible, and the wildflowers along the way are great, too! During the winter you can cross country ski here. Highly recommend this trail, it's a great one! Show more
#8 - Hirschman Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
The trail is an easy walk that has Wheelchair accessibility segments. Show more
#9 - Sawtooth Loop Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
This trail leads through a beautiful forest. The route can be fairly rocky for a beginner mountain biker.Show more
#10 - Tahoe City Rim Trail Loop
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
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