Challenge:
Distance: 10.5 miles
Elevation: 2,083 feet

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Van Sickle Loop MAP 38.956487, -119.914189

Van Sickle Loop Ride Details

Challenge:
Steep climb sections with technical rocks in places.

Trailhead:
Enter Van Sickle Bi-State Park and ride up the paved road to the gated end. On the right side is located a parking area and a kiosk indicating the single track trailhead. Follow the single track, cross a double track and continue climbing. Bear left and when you arrive at the KK sign post, turn left, and continue (Ride Option: Happy Hour Loop ride) until you see the paved Easy St. Ride onto Easy St. bearing right onto Edgewood Drive which becomes the Pony Express Out & Back ride. Continue on double track and at about 300 yards before the last climb to Boulder parking area, is the TRT sign post on the right. Turn here and begin a climb to the next junction with sign post and turn right on Van Sickle Connector.

GPS: 38.954817, -119.941052 (Van Sickle Bi-State Park entrance)
GPS: 38.956508, -119.934319 (Van Sickle Connector TH)

The Ride:
This is an awesome ride combining technical skills, climbs, and descents with great vistas overlooking Stateline, South Tahoe, Mt. Tallac and the entire Lake. You begin and end at Van Sickle Bi-State Park just steps away from a cool beverage, hot snack and shower.

Preview Ride:

Historical:
The Van Sickle family owned this ranch during the mid 1800’s. Henry Van Sickle built the farm in 1860 to store hay for the Pony Express and horse-drawn freight wagons traveling to and from the Gold and Silver mining operations. He also managed the Kingsbury Grade toll road on behalf of Mr. Kingsbury where during the 1870’s they charged $17.50 per horse drawn wagon to travel over Dagget Pass (7,334’) as it was a 15 mile short cut to Echo Summit. Along with the farm building still on site is a 1910-1920’s small log cabin, and several small cabins that were used when the ranch was a horseback riding stable for tourists in the later part of the 1900s. This is the first bi-state park owned and managed by the states of California and Nevada.

  • Majestic vista above your hotel
  • Ride focus
  • Pause and take it in
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