Tahoe Rim/Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe, CA
Tucked among the northern Sierra Nevada and Carson mountain ranges, the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail roughly circles the largest alpine lake in North America. The mountain vistas, dense fir and hemlock forests, granite rock outcroppings, and views across the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe make this prime fat-tire terrain. And while not all of it is open to mountain bikers, one particularly beautiful section on the Nevada side is not only bike-friendly, it’s perhaps the greatest off-road ride in the Sierra. It begins at the Tahoe Meadows Tahoe Rim trailhead outside Incline Village in the north, tops out around 8,800 feet, and ends 24 mostly-downhill miles later in Incline Village itself. To tackle the entire loop on two wheels, begin near the Tunnel Creek Café at the southern end of Incline Village and ride Highway 28 and the Mt Rose Highway to Tahoe Meadows.
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