Tahoe Trail Conditions – Updated May 24, 2016

As of May 24, 2016 – It’s been a solid winter and wet spring, most trails are clear to about 7,800 feet in elevation, the high country is taking a while to melt off and has a deep snow pack still, snow has continued to fall as recently as May 21. The Bijou Bike Park has been open since early April with temporary closures as snow and rain move in, please visit our bike park website for more info.

See below for details on what’s open and still snowed in, but please remember to the respect the trails – if your tires are sinking and leaving ruts, it’s not time to ride yet.  Enjoy this spring! 

Valley View Trail at Tahoe Mountain - May 15, 2016

Valley View Trail at Tahoe Mountain – May 15, 2016

Please send us reports so we can keep this updated.  Watch out for downed trees and rockslides on freshly open trails.  Please don’t rut up soft trails or make new trails around downed obstacles.  The faster we know about obstacles blocking trails, the faster they can get taken care of.

South Lake:

  • Tahoe Mountain South Side and Valley View – All clear
  • Tahoe Mountain North Side to 89 – All clear
  • Angora and North Upper Truckee – All clear
  • Powerlines – All clear
  • Railroad grade– All clear
  • Cold Creek – All clear and High Meadow Road is clear
  • Star Lake Trail – snow, bring your skis
  • Monument Pass Trail – open at the bottom.  Rockslide at top requiring a hike a bike until it can be repaired. 
  • Van Sickle Trail – mostly clear with patches of snow to the TRT junction
  • Cedar – All clear
  • Sidewinder – All clear
  • Corral – All clear (Gate to top of Armstrong Connector opens June 30)
  • Armstrong Connector – Muddy on the flat section up top
  • Armstrong Trail to TRT – Snow
  • Much of the Tahoe Rim Trail is still covered in snow but melting off
  • The Bench – Still snowy, but Kingsbury North on the TRT to the intersection of the Bench is clear; Daggett Loop is clear
  • Tahoe Rim Trail, south of Kingsbury at Edgewood Creek to Van Sickle junction has snow
  • Christmas Valley Trail – Top is covered in snow, can ride in from the bottom for about a mile up, with a couple downed trees
  • Scotts Lake, Dardanelles Lake, and Round Lake connectors – snow
  • Mr. Toads – snow
  • Hawley Grade – downed trees on the bottom, snow up top

Incline Village and Spooner:

  • Flume Trail – Tunnel Creek open to almost to the Incline Flume, Marlette Flume still snowed in
  • Rim Trail – snow
  • Tyrolean – snow up top, Trail Day planned for May 30th

Truckee Area:

  • Emigrant Trail – clear and riding great
  • Sawtooth Trail – West side of 06 all clear
  • Lloyd’s Trail
  • Animal – all clear
  • Hole in the Ground – snow

Tahoe City Area:

  • Tahoe XC Center – Open
  • Tahoe Rim Trail – snow up top
  • Stanford Rock – snow up top


  • Peavine – all open and riding great Peavine. MAP HERE
  • Galena Trails- all open

Carson Valley:

  • Genoa Trails – all clear
  • Clear Creek – all clear   MAPS HERE  
  • Pinyon Trail/Pine Nuts – all clear

Carson City:

  • Ash Canyon Trails – all clear
  • Ash to Kings -all clear

Tahoe Rim Trail at The Bench on Feb. 9
Tahoe Rim Trail at The Bench on Feb. 9, 2016

Trail work on Corral during a sunny Saturday, May 2nd

Trail work on Corral during a sunny Saturday this past summer.

Also, if you are looking to meetup with other riders for some Tahoe mountain biking adventures, then join our new group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/RideTahoe/
If you have additional trail condition info to contribute, please email to: info @ mountainbiketahoe.org

Also, Here’s some more riding options nearby :

* Genoa, NV – There’s about 12 miles of newly built single along with a new connector trail up to the Rim Trail near the Bench.  Only a 25 min drive away from South Lake Tahoe.  For a map check out the Carson Valley Trails Association, this volunteer group has done an amazing job getting these trails built, support them! MAP HERE

*Reno, NV – Plenty to ride on Peavine and at the base of Mount Rose (Whites Creek and Thomas Creek).

*Pinenuts, NV – On the east side of the Carson Valley, there’s a ton of trails for dirt bikes, mtn bikes, and horses, get some gps tracks first or you might get lost.  It gets hot and dusty out here in the summer, but time it right in the winter, spring or fall and the riding is really fun.

*Auburn, CA – Perennial Favorite for winter riding, about 2 hours’ drive from Tahoe. *

*Sly Park, CA – Just off highway 50 near Placerville, there’s some good loops out here.  Only about an hour from South Lake Tahoe

*Downieville, CA – A true classic.  More info on the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship page.