There are several great road bike rides near Northstar California that provide great views of Lake Tahoe and the local mountains.
Tahoe City to River Ranch (along the Truckee River)
6 miles round trip, flat bike path
Start in Tahoe City along the river where the rafting companies put in at 64 Acres Park. Bike over the bridge and follow the water downstream, along a paved bike path. Finish at River Ranch restaurant with outdoor seating and circle back when ready to return.
Truckee to Tahoe City
24 miles round trip, flat
Start in Truckee (Albertson’s shopping center) and go south on Highway 89. Hop on the bike path across from the entrance to Squaw Valley. Ride along the Truckee River on the bike path ending in Tahoe City.
Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park
18 miles round trip, flat bike path
Start in Tahoe City, at highway 28 and 89. Parking is available at 64-Acres Park. Enjoy seven miles of bike paths, 2 miles of highway shoulder, views of Lake Tahoe with beaches and picnic tables along the way.
Incline Village Jog / Bike Path
5 miles round trip, flat bike path
Start at Gateway park off highway 28 and Lakeshore drive. Views of lakeshore estates, gardens and Lake Tahoe. Beaches are private, not accessible for the public.
34 miles round-trip, flats and one steep, long climb
This starts at Northstar. Go on 267 towards the lake, turn right on 28, through Tahoe City, along the riverfront bike path, past Squaw Valley, then right on West River Road, right on Brockway Road, right on 267, back up to Northstar Resort.
The Three Rights
38 miles round-trip, flats and climbing
Start at intersection of 89 and West River Road. There is a large pullout about a hundred yards south on 89. Pedal south, make a right at the City Dump and return back to 89. Continue south on 89 then take a right at Squaw Valley, return back to 89. Continue south on 89 and make a right to the top of Alpine Meadows and back to 89. Continue south on 89 into Tahoe City. Enjoy sightings of giant trout over Fannie’s Bridge, then return north on 89 to the car. To make this longer, from Tahoe City continue south on 28 along Lake Tahoe to Blackwood Canyon for a steep winding climb – adding approximately 10 miles.
45 miles round-trip, up and down, gradual and steep climbs
Park at Truckee Donner Memorial museum. Bike through the park, east side of the lake to the bottom of highway 40, climb up the summit on old highway 40, continue downhill past Kingvale and Rainbow Lodge to the campground at the dead end. A local’s favorite.
Around Lake Tahoe
Start anywhere along the lake for a 72 mile loop with scenic views, shops and restaurants along the way.