The Tahoe Rim Trail offers some of the best riding anywhere. With stunning vistas, alpine meadows and a wide range of terrain there’s something for every rider on the TRT.

Where to Ride

Check out the riding itineraries below for some ideas for your next ride.

Trail Courtesy

The TRTA encourages responsible riding and urges all riders to be familiar with and abide by IMBA’s Rules of the Trail. Please know the rules and do your best to respect them, the trail and other users. 

 

Bike Restrictions

Bikes are welcome on the majority of the Tahoe Rim Trail, but they are prohibited by federal law from Desolation, Granite Chief and Mount Rose Wilderness Areas. They are also prohibited by federal law from Meiss Meadow to Twin Peaks where the Tahoe Rim Trail is collocated with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Other short segments of the trail are also closed to bikes or have use advisories that are put in place by the US Forest Service or Nevada Division of State Parks. Please see our Maps and Trail Information page or the list below for a complete rundown on where you can and cannot ride. 

Bikes are permitted without restriction on all of the following trail segments

  • Twin Peaks at the Tahoe Rim Trail / Pacific Crest Trail junction to the western border of the Mount Rose Wilderness
  • The eastern border of the Mount Rose Wilderness to Mount Rose Summit Trailhead ONLY on the Forest Service Road connector
  • Tunnel Creek Road to Hobart Road in the Spooner Backcountry
  • Spooner Summit to Meiss Meadow at the Tahoe Rim Trail / Pacific Crest Trail junction
  • On the Van Sickle Connector in Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Bikes are prohibited on all of the following trail segments

  • Within Mount Rose Wilderness
  • On the hiker-only trail from the eastern border of Mount Rose Wilderness to the Mount Rose Summit Trailhead
  • On the Interpretive Loop at Tahoe Meadows
  • On Christopher’s Loop/Herlan Peak Loop
  • From Hobart Road to Spooner Summit
  • On the Freel Peak Trail
  • On the collocated Tahoe Rim Trail / Pacific Crest Trail from Meiss Meadows to Twin Peaks, including Desolation and
  • Granite Chief Wilderness areas

There is a bike advisory in place between Tahoe Meadows and Tunnel Creek Road. The land managers request that bikers only ride the trail on even-numbered calendar days.

 

eBikes 

Current Forest Service regulations restrict electronic bikes (ebikes) of all types to trails that are open to motorized use. The Tahoe Rim Trail is not open to motorized use and therefore ebikes are prohibited from the Tahoe Rim Trail. See the links below for more information, including maps of the Tahoe Basin showing roads and trails where ebikes are allowed.

For additional information on mountain biking on the TRT and in the Tahoe area visit our partner organizations