Use the Trail
There are five sections of the Bikeway open to cycling now, and they are detailed in the following pages, with photos and maps. Each section is suitable for different levels of riders and different types of bikes. In order to ride the entire Bikeway, a hydrid or cross bike would be most suitable.
Note: Be sure to check for notes about conditions and/or closures on each page before heading out!
Tahoe City – Boca (23 Miles) A paved separated bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley (5 miles) then to Truckee on a wide bike lane alongside highway 89. Follow West and East River Streets, cross to south side of river for Legacy Trail in Regional Park, then climb east to Glenshire. Option: Glenshire Drive 4 more miles to Boca.
|Floriston to Verdi (9 miles) A closed dirt road along the river 2+ miles from Floriston to Farad. A contiguous, mixed-terrain route from Verdi upstream 7 miles: from Crystal Peak Park 2 miles on streets with light traffic, then some steep rocky sections for 3 miles to a suspension bridge, and lastly single track. Update: As of November 2017, you can travel downstream from Boca for a 2 mile out-and-back by following Hirschdale Road to its east end and then continuing on our newly built dirt trail. Be aware that this trail does NOT yet connect to Floriston.|
|Verdi to Reno/Sparks (20 miles) This is all paved, with Verdi to Reno being mostly on bike lanes on public streets, with one hill in Mogul. The rest is flat. East of downtown Reno it is a separated path and all flat. Trail ends at Larkin Circle near Vista Blvd in Sparks.|
|Mustang to USA Parkway (9 miles) This is mostly dirt, including some dirt roads and portions of single-track. Mostly level, with some soft sand about 2 miles east of Mustang trailhead. Besides the two endpoints, there is midway trail access at Waltham Way.
NOTICE: Due to extensive flood damage, the trail is not passable from Mustang to Tracy Power Plant. For updated information and expected opening date, contact the Nature Conservancy at 322-4990.
|Wadsworth to Pyramid Lake (23 miles) This is mostly dirt, including some shared tribal dirt roads and portions of single-track. It is moderately hilly, with some dry season soft trail. Besides the two endpoints, there is midway trail access at Numana Hatchery, 8 miles north of Wadsworth (signs mark this on highway 447). A tribal day use permit is required for this trail, from http://plpt.nsn.us/rangers/|
|Future Sections There are three major sections of the Bikeway not yet completed, which are 1) Boca to Floriston through the California Canyon, 2) Vista Blvd to Mustang just east of Sparks, and 3) USA Parkway (Clark) to Wadsworth.|
|Credit: All maps were made with ESRI’s ArcGIS software via a grant from the ESRI Conservation program.|