The trail includes some easier terrain as well as several more technical sections. Most of the trail is not recommended for beginners. Mountain biking is allowed on most sections of the trail with the main exceptions being wilderness areas and sections that are shared with the Pacific Crest Trail. Below is a listing of all segments of the TRT and what is open for mountain biking. For more information about other non Tahoe Rim Trail mountain biking opportunities in the Tahoe Basin please visit our friends at the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association!
TRT Mountain Biking Map:
Green Sections: Open to bikes, no restrictions
Oranage Section: Open to bikes on even numbered days (2nd, 4th, 6th, ....)
Red Sections: Closed to bikes at all times.
Tahoe City to Brockway Summit: Entire section open to biking.
Brockway Summit to Mt. Rose: Mountain biking is allowed between Brockway Summit and the western Mt. Rose Wilderness boundary (roughly seven miles from Brockway Summit). At the other end of this segment, at the Mt. Rose Trailhead, mountain bikers and equestrians can use the west route which is US Forst Service Road 051 to Relay Peak and the eastern Mt. Rose Wilderness Boundary. The east route to the Galena Waterfall and Rim to Reno sections of the TRT are for hikers only.
Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit: The first nine miles of the TRT from Tahoe Meadows south to Tunnel Creek Roard have a trail advisory that bikes are allowed on even numbered days of the month (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.). All trails in and around Tahoe Meadows are closed to bikes. The trail from Tunnel Creek to Hobart Road is open to bikes without any restrictions. The remainder of this segment from Hobart Road to Spooner Summit (8.8 miles) is closed to bikes. Alternative routes to Spooner Summit are available.
Spooner Summit to Kingsbury South (including Dagget Loop Trails and Van Sickle Connector Trail): Entire section open to biking
Kingsbury South to Big Meadow: Entire section open to biking.
Big Meadow to Echo Summit: Mountain biking is permitted from the Big Meadow Trailhead to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail in Meiss Meadow (5 miles). Biking is not allowed on any portion of the PCT and the remainder of this section of trail is closed to bikes.
Echo Summit to Barker Pass: Closed to bikes.
Barker Pass to Tahoe City: Biking is permitted from the junction of the PCT and TRT at Twin Peaks (4.8 miles from Barker Pass) to Tahoe City.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is maintained with mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians in mind. If you are planning on taking your mountain bike out for a spin on the TRT, please remember that other users share this trail with you. Because mountain bikes can quickly gain speed (especially on downhill sections), and carry a lot of momentum with them, it is critical that safety and control are top priorities. We encourage everyone to ride at appropriate speeds so that we can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all TRT users.
Remember... HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!