A mountain biker takes a break by Marlette Lake in Nevada. Legislation in Congress could allow mountain biking in wilderness areas. (Photo: RGJ file)
Pointing people in the direction of awesome outdoor experiences around Reno and Lake Tahoe is among my favorite activities.
And thanks to Interbike 2018 coming to Reno, the biking world is going to be descending on our area and looking for places to ride.
Unfortunately, I’m scheduled to be out-of-town for the festivities. But before I depart, I’m leaving this list of four of my favorite places to ride in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Each of these single-track destinations are unique. They’re all fun and they’re all within an easy drive.
If you’re in town for Interbike, or even if you’re just in town, here are some of my favorite places to ride.
Tom Driggers, Cat Gardella and Kevin Joell of Reno roll through switchbacks overlooking Reno from Peavine Mountain. (Photo: Benjamin Spillman/RGJ)
If you’re on a bike in the Reno area Peavine is the perfect place to start. That’s the big mountain all by itself on the northwest side of town.
It’s got a huge network of trails and in recent years the Biggest Little Trail Stewardship, formerly Poedunks, and others have spent tons of time adding and improving single-track.
The result is trails that are fast, flowy and boast awesome views of downtown Reno and the Sierra Nevada.
The Marlette Flume at Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe as seen from the Marlette Flume Trail in Washoe, Carson and Douglas counties, Nevada. (Photo: Benjamin Spillman/RGJ)
This is the best mountain bike trail in Nevada. Yup, I said it and I’ll stand by it. Some trails are longer, some are faster. But none have a view like the Marlette Flume.
There are a few different ways to ride this trail. I like heading up North Canyon Road from the parking area to the Spooner Backcountry in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. That gets you up to Marlette Lake and onto the Flume, where you get incredible, panoramic Tahoe views.
Then it is a fast ride down Tunnel Creek Road where, if you’re smart, you’ll stop for a beer and a snack at Tunnel Creek Cafe.
Ash and Kings Canyon Loop in Carson City
Jeff Moser, 45, of Carson City, rides his mountain bike on a trail that goes through Ash and Kings canyons. Moser is among mountain bikers who say the federal government should be more flexible when it comes to allowing mountain bikes in federally designated wilderness areas. (Photo: Benjamin Spillman/RGJ)
If you’re at all familiar with Epic Rides you know they’re people who know a thing about fun mountain bike trails. And if you know anything about mountain biking in Carson City you won’t be surprised it’s the home of one of Epic Ride’s newest productions.
That’s due in great part to the ridiculous amount of work volunteers and boosters in Nevada’s state capital have put into their trails.
One of my favorites is the Ash and Kings Canyon Loop. It’s got an uphill that will put you to the test followed by a whole bunch of single track that’s overlooking Carson City and the Eagle Valley.
When you’re done be sure to swing by Shoe Tree Brewing. It’s worth a visit.
Mills Peak to Graeagle
Cold beer at The Brewing Lair of the Lost Sierra in Blairsden, Calif. The brew pub is popular with mountain bikers riding Mills Peak trail. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization that builds and maintains mountain biking trails. (Photo: Benjamin Spillman/RGJ)
The Mills Peak trail in the Lost Sierra near Graeagle is another gem that’s seen a lot of loving care in recent seasons. You can ride this as an up-and-back or get someone to shuttle you up to Mills Peak. The peak has a fantastic view and there’s a historic fire watch tower you can climb.
Then you jump on the single-track for a fun, fast rip down to Graeagle. And after you’ve done all that hard work, pedal on up to The Brewing Lair in Blairsden for a cold craft beer in a beautiful forest setting.
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