Escape Adventures: High Sierra Singletrack, Lake Tahoe

Escape Adventures: High Sierra Singletrack, Lake Tahoe


“The mighty Sierra, miles in height and so gloriously colored, so radiant, it seemed not clothed with light but wholly composed of it, like the wall of some celestial city.”

-John Muir

Day 1-2: Meet in Reno. Shuttle to Lake Tahoe/Nevada State Park. Ride the celebrated Flume Trail. Settle into super cozy accommodations at Northstar Resort. Ride Northstar’s roller coaster trails; optional ride ascends to the top of Mount Wilson, delivering 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevada’s.

Day 3-4: Ride Downeyville; descend for a day of classic singletrack downhill in the heart of the Sierra’s. Settle in at beautiful Nakoma Resort; 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. Spend the following day on long singletrack descents on Mt. Hough.
Day 5: Ride the Tahoe Rim Trail. Larger-than-life 360-degree views on top give way to a descent all the way down to Carson City. Shuttle back to Reno.

Spanning 400 miles, California’s High Sierra is a powerhouse of a mountain range: not only is it the longest in the lower 48, it is also home to the highest number of peaks. But this broad sweep, that cleaves nearly the entirety of the Golden State, is more than just a mammoth geological structure, it is an iconic if not palpable presence.

The number one draw of this tour is Nevada’s preeminent ride: The Flume Trail, nothing less than a first-class pleasure cruise, carving over chaparral and gloriously buffed forest floor. Unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe loom just below the trail. Fill your play day descending the trails and fast turns Northstar’s known for; then relax in the overwhelming splendor that is the Sierra’s. With that rock add some roll, shooting the high peaks above Marlette Lake on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Then it’s an up-tempo downhill to 191-sq mile Lake Tahoe to swim and refresh in America’s deepest alpine lake. Finish a phenomenal day in the adorable village of Downyville, exploring and savoring some of California’s best high-country singletrack. Far and away, from end to end, a literal tour de force.

Okay, all these drool factor touts sound too good to be true? Don’t take our word for it: Bicycling Magazinehailed our Lake Tahoe package as “one of the 50 Best trips on the planet!”


Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: Multi-day
Tour duration: 5 days
Fitness Level: High
Language(s): English
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
Phone Number: Click to Call
Email: Email
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