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July 30, 2007

Around Lake Tahoe – the hard way

Filed under: Riding and racing — mtbguru @ 6:24 am


This weekend I went up to Tahoe with a plan: circumnavigate the entire lake by bike, on trails, as much as possible.
Bikes are only allowed on parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and some sections on paved road would be unavoidable.

I’d try to do it solo and unsupported (except for Starbucks breaks), in a day-and-a-half, and I wanted to camp out in the wilderness so I’d need to lug quite some stuff along. My original route proved to be a bit over-ambitious, but I did manage to close the loop, as the below map attests! (didn’t have much choice, actually…)

It was tough but a great and rewarding experience – only noticeable really after it was done ;) . Read the full report, download the GPS track or check out many more photos on the trip page.

Highlights are too many to summarize here – ‘gorgeous singletrack with equally gorgeous views all the way’ would probably do it. A truly memorable trip, and if you take some more time than I did, you could add the Stanford loop, the Mount Rose section of the TRT as well as the Punisher to Big Meadows and Christmas Valley towards the end, to make it an all-encompassing best-of-Tahoe trip: over 100 miles, good for two or three days of epic riding.

One Response to “Around Lake Tahoe – the hard way”

  1. Matt Says:

    Looks like an awesome adventure. I’ll have to try that sometime.

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