Tahoe Trail Conditions – Updated March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 - This is the 4th winter in a row of unprecedented dry conditions and lack of snow.  We’ve given up on winter, it’s not happening and we’ve been riding all year long now. Below are current trail conditions to the best of our knowledge. If we don’t list a trail it’s probably not clear yet.

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South Lake:

  • Tahoe Mountain has been clear for about 24 months straight now.
  • Powerlines is clear
  • Cold Creek is snow free all the way to the top with only two downed trees
  • Star Lake is starting to melt off on the lower portions
  • Monument Pass is about half melted off with a couple downed trees.
  • Van Sickle Trail is clear almost all the way to the top.
  • Cedar, Sidewinder, Corral and Armstrong Connector are all good to go. (Trail day on Corral planned for May 2, please join us!)
  • Sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail around Kingsbury are clear, you can go out towards the Bench but will find snow about two miles before the Bench.
  • Christmas Valley Trail can now be ridden as a loop through the Rim Trail, there are still a couple snow hike-a-bikes and downed trees.
  • Mr. Toads is snowy on the top half.
  • Armstrong is half clear and snowy up top.

Incline Village and Spooner:

  • Flume Trail is generally clear, ride up fro Tunnel Creek if you don’t want to hit snow, going from Spooner there is still snow around Marlette Lake.
  • Tyrolean is about 3/4 clear from the bottom up. Still snowy around Tahoe Meadows.

Truckee Area:

  • Emigrant Trail – fully open and riding well. A few more embedded wheel ruts than normal, due to “winter” riding.
  • Sawtooth Trail – fully open
  • Lloyd’s Trail – fully open
  • Sawtooth Ridge is all clear
  • In general, all trails at the Truckee elevation area are fully open. Trails up higher, above 7000 feet, have patches of snow on the north side. Hole in the Ground, even in this year of drought, still needs a little bit more time.

Tahoe City Area:

  • Tahoe XC Center – all trails are open. There are wet spots remaining, however, in well shaded zones that can be damaged.
  • Tahoe Rim Trail – many of the southern exposure areas are free and clear. The higher you go, however, and if well shaded, you will run into “tender” spots.

Reno has all time conditions, check out the trails at Peavine. MAP HERE

Genoa and Carson Valley have some fun new trails, Clear Creek has been super popular (and busy), plus the new trails directly out of Genoa are good. MAPS HERE


This may seem painfully obvious, BUT not everyone seems to respect the trails, so here’s a few things to keep in mind if you venture out for a ride:

  • Stay to dry trails or ride in freezing temps in the early morning or evening so you don’t cause big muddy ruts.
  • Stay on the trail if you see a downed tree or obstacle. The wind storm in December knocked hundreds of trees down on the trails, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has removed over 60 trees so far just in the Kingsbury area. Our sawyers and USFS crews have also been out there clearing the tress too as time allows.
Armstrong Connector Trail, March 14, 2015

Armstrong Connector Trail, March 14, 2015

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 out by 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.