Tahoe City-Truckee Road Bike Ride Out & Back Details
A level road ride with narrow shoulders from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley entrance, and then wide shoulders to Truckee. High speed motor vehicles are present on Hwy 89/River Road.
Start from Tahoe City, at the junction of Hwy 28 and Hwy 89, and head west toward Squaw Valley. Turn right on West River Street and continue to the junction of Bridge Rd. Turn left on Bridge Rd. and then left again to enter the historic downtown corridor – Donner Pass Rd. Continue west and bear left on the round-about and turn right on West River St. When you come to the junction with Hwy 89, turn left and return to Tahoe City.
GPS: 39.167667, -120.145174 (Junction of Hwy 89 / Hwy 28 – Tahoe City)
GPS: 39.314789, -120.203812 (West River Street Exit)
The Bike Ride:
Tahoe City-Truckee Road Bike Ride: Nearly a 30 mile loop along Hwy 89 (River Rd.), through downtown of Historic Truckee and returning to Tahoe City. It’s a level roadway providing a training opportunity to focus on your spinning and speed or you may choose to ride at a more relaxing pace and enjoy the beauty of the Truckee River landscape – there are several places to stop along the river’s edge. Historic Truckee is going through a modern transformation with many hip restaurants and retail stores among its historic charm.
Ride Option: Brockway Summit Loop. If you feel inspired to make a loop at of this ride consider the Brockway Summit Loop.
You are riding along the original Tahoe-Truckee Toll Road built in 1860 to enable horse-drawn freight and passenger wagons to travel between the Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The river was used to float logs downstream to the mills in Truckee, and during the winter months the frozen river became a natural supplier of much needed ice for the mining operations in Virginia City. Later in the 1880’s, this route became the corridor for a narrow gauge railroad hauling logs to the Truckee mills, and then in the early 1900’s automobiles traveled on what was then called the Truckee Turnpike. This was an important transportation route for commerce, freight, and tourists traveling from Tahoe to Truckee and beyond to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Reno.
In 1869, The First Transcontinental Railroad was complete from coast to coast and stopped here in Truckee. The railroad provided a fast transport of freight, supplies and passengers across the country – significantly impacting the slower and dangerous overland migration by covered wagons and stage coaches, and opening the west for development. Today, many of these same railway lines remain in use by the California Zephyr railroad.