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Lake Tahoe, CA: Squaw Bike Trail

Experience Tahoe scenery without Tahoe crowds on this 12-mile riverside out-and-pack path which passes under rugged crags en route to the lake shore.

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A short distance from the Resort at Squaw Creek, the multi-use Squaw Bike Trail slices through Squaw Valley along the Truckee River as it heads out to western shore of Lake Tahoe. The path is well-paved, making it suitable for hiking and biking alike.

From the trailhead, head southeast along the deep-blue Truckee River passing statuesque evergreens and riverside marshlands. Wide granite boulders line the river and you may spot deer or fox along the shores as well.

After the trail winds past Bear Creek on the right, the 7000-foot Thunder Cliff and Twin Crags appear on the left. Continue along the cliff faces until you reach Lake Tahoe Park. Snow Valley Peak and Genoa Peak can be seen across the lake. From the park, you can see the entire span of the eastern shore from Crystal Bay to South Lake Tahoe. Soak in the views before backtracking to the trailhead or the resort’s bike rental shop.
-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

To Trailhead

From Truckee: Head south on CA-89. Turn right on Donner Pass/Donner Summit Road. Turn right and merge onto I-80 West toward Sacramento. Take exit 85 to State Highway 89 South. At the traffic circle, take the third exit to CA-89/Frates Lane. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto CA-89. Continue 8.5 miles. Turn right onto Squaw Valley Road. Turn left onto Squaw Creek Road and continue for a little less than a mile. Turn right to stay on Squaw Creek Road.

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