Tahoe Trail Conditions – Updated May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 - Spring snow and rain is keeping the lower trails in amazing shape! – but keeping the higher trails above 9,000 snow covered still. Come August you’ll be dreaming of these days again so get out there and ride!

Below are some general trail conditions…

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

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

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South Lake:

  • Tahoe Mountain has been clear for about 24 months straight now.
  • Powerlines is clear
  • Cold Creek is clear
  • Star Lake is still snowy on the top half, but with some hike a bike you can make it to Star. Rim Trail on either side of Star still has patchy snow.
  • Monument Pass is melted off with a downed tree.
  • Van Sickle Trail is clear
  • Cedar, Sidewinder, Corral and Armstrong Connector are all good to go. (Trail day was on Corral May 2)
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail is clear between Spooner and Kingsbury (The Bench) Huge thanks to the TRTA sawyers for clearing some massive trees off the trail recently.
  • 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 through the upper rock waterfall section and couple down tree below that. Rim Trail is clear from Luther to Toads, but snowy coming from Armstrong Pass.
  • Armstrong is clear.  Snowy if you continue on the Rim Trail up to Freel or over to Toads
  • Hawley Grade is clear with a tree down and raging waterfall.

Incline Village and Spooner:

  • Flume Trail is clear.
  • Rim Trail above the Flume still has patchy snow
  • Tyrolean is clear. (Trail Day was on May 25th) Still some patchy snowy around Tahoe Meadows/ Mount Rose.

Truckee Area:

  • Emigrant Trail – fully open and riding well
  • 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 8,000 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.

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


Snow near Bijou Park in South Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2015

Snow near Bijou Park in South Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2015

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 storms have 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.