Lake Tahoe, CA

Truckee River Bike Trail: Squaw Valley to Tahoe City

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The Truckee River Bike Trail is one of the better off-road running options in the Tahoe area. The paved trail runs for just over 5 miles, between Squaw Valley and Tahoe City. It parallels River Rd. (RT. 89), but runs below the highway and right along the Truckee River, with shade and nice water views.  At the Squaw Valley end, the trail starts, inspirationally enough, at the 1960 Winter Olympics Torches (Squaw Valley Rd. & River Rd.). The Tahoe City terminus is at Fairway Rd., at the Chevron station, right near the trailhead for the Tahoe Rim Trail – a 170 mile hiking loop through pine forests and meadows, which is is also popular for trail running. The trail is fairly flat, more of a gradual uphill headed southward (upstream).

Essentials
  • 5.1 miles (8.2 km) one-way, or 10.2 miles out and back
  • 275 feet (one-way)
  • Squaw Valley End: Squaw Valley Rd. & River Rd.; Tahoe City End: Fairway Rd. near Chevron station
  • Parking at either end. In Tahoe City, best option is the large lot at 64 Acre park.