Tahoe Trail Conditions – Updated April 16, 2016

As of April 16, 2016 – It’s been a solid winter and the trails above 7,000 feet are still mostly unusable. The Bijou Bike Park is partially open already as weather permits, when more snow and rain moves in this spring there will be temporary closures, please visit our bike park website for more info. Some lower trails are melting off, 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! 

Bijou Bike Park - April 3, 2016

Bijou Bike Park – April 3, 2016

Trail Conditions as of April 16.  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 west side all clear
  • Powerlines – All clear
  • Railroad grade– All clear
  • Cold Creek – clear to lower rock slab
  • Star Lake Trail – snow
  • Monument Pass Trail – snow
  • Van Sickle Trail – clear to just past waterfall
  • Cedar – No report
  • Sidewinder – Mostly clear, several downed trees
  • Corral – all clear, one downed tree
  • Armstrong Connector – snow
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail is all covered in snow
  • Christmas Valley Trail – no report, presumed snow
  • Scotts Lake, Dardanelles Lake, and Round Lake connectors – snow
  • Mr. Toads – snow
  • Armstrong – snow
  • Hawley Grade – no report

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 

Truckee Area:

  • Emigrant Trail – clear and riding great
  • Sawtooth Trail – West side of 06 all clear
  • Lloyd’s Trail – no report
  • Animal – all clear
  • Hole in the Ground – snow

Tahoe City Area:

  • Tahoe XC Center – snow, but melting fast
  • Tahoe Rim Trail – snow
  • Stanford Rock – snow


  • Peavine – all open and riding great Peavine. MAP HERE
  • Galena Trails- all open, a little muddy near dry pond

Carson Valley:

  • Genoa Trails – no report
  • Clear Creek – all clear   MAPS HERE  
  • Pinyon Trail/Pine Nuts – all clear

Carson City:

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

PREDICTIONS: This has been an almost “normal” winter with snow fall, although April has brought some significant snow. If we get a normal remainder of spring and no major cold snaps we’ll probably be riding around 8,500′ elevation trails by mid to late May and maybe upper reaches of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Toads by mid-June.

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.