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Mountain Biking in Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California USA

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South Lake Tahoe is located on the California–Nevada border, El Dorado County, California, USA.

Lake Tahoe is a lovely place for mountain biking. There is a biking trail called Angora Lakes Climb or Angora Ridge, which is a great introduction for beginners to the beautiful mountain biking experience. The trail is about 2 mi/3.2 km and it is partially paved and partially dirt.

It proceeds for about 2 mi/3.2 km to Angora Lookout and then 2 more mi/3.2 km to Angora Lakes. While biking, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake and Mt. Tallac. When you reach Angora Lakes, take a moment to admire the panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wildness.

The view is magnificent. One of the trails, Mr. Toad’s is dangerous, highly technical, stomach turning, 1500 ft/457.2 m descent from the 7200 ft/2195 m trail-head at Big Meadow. Many rough, rock chutes drops of up to 6 ft/1.8 m, making this ride only for experts.

This 13 mi/20.9 km ride makes a nice combination with a circular route that follows Route 89 south from Meyers towards Luther Pass for a little less than 4.5 mi/7.2 km. That part, the hard one, is known as Saxon Creek trail. If you plan to make the whole circuit, make sure you have a lot of water with you.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM San Francisco
175 miles/281.64 km, 2 hours 55 minutes
Take I-80E east into Sacramento. Continue on US-50 E towards Sacramento/South Lake Tahoe. Bear right at US-50. Turn right at Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
91.4 miles/147.09 km, 1 hour 37 minutes
Take the I-80-BR E ramp to Reno/Placerville/Fresno (CA-99 S). Merge into US-50 E. Bear right at US-50. Turn right at Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd.
BY CAR FROM South Lake Tahoe
15.8 miles/25.428 km, 28 minutes
Head west on Emerald Bay Rd/US-50/HWY 89 towards Sacramento. Continue on US-50 over Echo Summit. Turn left at Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd.
BY CAR FROM Reno
13.3 miles/21.40 km, 23 minutes
Take the US-395 S ramp to Carson City. Continue through Carson City. Take Exit 38 for Fairview Dr. Turn Right onto Fairview Dr. Turn Left onto S Carson St/US-50/US-395. Turn right to take the US-50 exit to South Lake Tahoe US-50 becomes Lake Tahoe Blvd. Turn left at Emerald Bay Rd/US-50/HWY 89. Continue on US-50 over Echo Summit. Turn left at Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd.
BY AIR
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO),
73.2 miles/117.80 km
BY TRAIN

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