Using Bike Tahoe Ride Guides to Maximize Your Time on the Trail

GPS Maps, Bike Tahoe Ride Guides & Challenges

Bike Tahoe Ride Guides offer a few ways to select the best ride(s) for your interest, skill level, and your sense of adventure.
Here are the ways to help you select your ultimate bike ride:

Your Riding Style

Bike Tahoe features a huge variety of rides to suit different  bike riding styles. Choose between mountain, road or cruiser bike rides.

Cruiser Bike Rides

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Mountain Bike Rides

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Road Bike Rides

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Your Challenge Level

Each ride is challenge rated and identified by the colors Green, Blue and Black – similar to ski area trail designations.

Level. Predictable. Leisure.


Undulating. Variable. Athletic.


Steep. Technical. Endurance.


Green Rides
Level. Predictable. Leisure

Green rides typically have very little elevation gain, are on a smooth surface, and require basic bike handling skills. These rides may be on bike paths, neighborhood connector streets, and there are a few native surface trails for mountain biking. They are generally 5 +/- miles in length.

Blue Rides
Undulating. Variable. Athletic

Blue Rides represent a wide variety of options and variables that include: elevation gain, steepness, distance, rocky terrain, and the necessary technical skills to negotiate obstacles, and fitness levels to endure steep climbs at altitude or longer distances on the road. Mountain bike rides are generally 10 -15 +/- miles in length. Road rides 15-25 +/- miles in length.

Black Rides
Steep. Technical. Endurance.

Black Rides, like black diamond runs at ski resorts, are steep, have many obstacles on the trails, may require hike-a-bike in certain situations, and have significant distance and elevation gain. Riding capacities needed are: a high level of technical riding competency, self-reliant capable (mechanical, nutrition, hydration, first aid), and a higher level of strength, fitness and endurance to climb at elevation and sustain distance. Black mountain bike rides are generally more than 15 miles in distance and road rides generally more than 50 miles.

Ride Guide: Tips for Using the Maps

1) Browse the ride list, click the name of the ride to see its placement on the map OR Click the icons on map to view pop-up ride information.

2) Click “Ride Details” to be taken to the individual ride page with maps, directions, photos and more.

Phones & Tablets: We recommend viewing the map in landscape/horizontal position.


When in Doubt – Check it Out

When in doubt what and where may be the best ride for you, check it out with a local full service bike shop. They have the local knowledge and experience of the rides and current conditions – on and off the trails.

Have fun, be safe, and share your Bike Tahoe experiences with others.