Mountain Biking in Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood, California USA

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year round resort in Kirkwood, south of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California, USA. Kirkwood is at 33 mi/53.1 km south of South Lake Tahoe, on State Route 88 and it is surrounded by El Dorado National Forest.

Mountain biking in Kirkwood is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle. Dirt roads, bike parks, bike paths and single tracks are around the lake. In the mountains there are many mellow rides, plenty of steep and rocky precipices. Around Lake Tahoe, there are many bike shops offering sales, rentals and demos.

These shops also provide maps, tricks, extra tips, guide books, local lore, accessories and repairs. Bikes are not allowed in wilderness area, in the Pacific Crest Trail, in some parts of Tahoe Rim Trail and in self guided, nature trails at Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.

You should phone at the USDA Forest Services in South Lake Tahoe to get informed about the trails that are open for biking. Some of the biking trails are: Fountain Place, a 2-10 mi/3.2-16 km easy/moderate trail, Angora Ridge, a 2-4 mi/3.2-6.5 km moderate trail, Twin Peaks, a 1-2 mi/1.6-3.2 km moderate/strenuous trail, Meiss Trail, a 5 mi/8 km moderate/strenuous trail, Rim Trail, an 18 mi/29 km moderate/strenuous trail.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a 3 mi/4.8 km technical/strenuous trail, Genoa Park, an 8-12 mi/12.9-19.3 km moderate trail, Brockway Summit to Martis Peak, a 5 mi/8 km moderate/strenuous trail, McKinney – Rubicon Road, a 6-15 mi/9.6-24.1 km moderate/strenuous trail and Marlette Lake/Flume Trail, a 5-23 mi/8-37 km strenuous trail.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM South Lake Tahoe
34.9 mi / 56.2 km, 52 mins
Take US 50 West to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West. Take US 50 West to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.). Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 35 min.).
BY CAR FROM North Lake Tahoe
60.7 mi / 97.7 km, 1 hr 35 mins
Take Route 28 E to Hwy 50 W to Route 89 South to 88 West. Take NV Route 28 East/South ( go 13 mi. from Incline Village). Turn Right onto US 50 West (go 17.4 mi.). Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.). Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.). Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 60 min.).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
103 mi / 165.7 km, 2 hrs 18 mins
Depending on your location along Highway 50, you may exit in three locations. Exit South Bound Watt Avenue, or Sunrise Boulevard, or El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Head South until you hit Highway 16 (The Jackson Highway): Approximately 1.5 mi on Watt Ave, or 7.3 mi on Sunrise, or 17 mi on El Dorado Hills Blvd/Latrobe Road. Turn Left onto the Jackson Highway: Approximately 28.1 mi from entry off Watt Avenue, or 17.7 mi from entry off Sunrise Ave, or 2.7 mi from entry off El Dorado Hills/Latrobe. Turn Right at the Intersection for Highway 49, taking you towards Jackson and Sutter Creek (go 6.8 mi). Before you get to Jackson, turn Left onto Ridge Road (go 8.3 mi). (Note: if you get to Jackson and miss Ridge Road, don't worry - you can turn directly onto Highway 88 East Bound in the town of Jackson just past the historic Main Street district.). Turn Left onto Highway 88 East (go 48.8 mi). Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (appox. 1.5 to 2 hours from most Sacramento starting locations).
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO),
80.1 mi / 128.9 km

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