Mountain Biking in Northstar, Truckee, California USA

Over 100 mi/160.93 km
Northstar California is a ski resort, located near Truckee, California, USA. It is a very big ski resort, covering 3170 skiable acres/12.83 km².

This beautiful resort is perfect for mountain biking. With more than 100 mi/161 km of trails, Northstar at Tahoe owns the largest bike park in Northern California. Due to downhill trails, it is growing in popularity over the years. There are so many trails that riders can spend an entire day without riding the same trail.

One of the trails is Live Wire, a 2 mi/3.2 km, irrigated trail with a vertical drop of over 1100 ft/335.3 m. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent one at the resort or in shops around. Trails in Northstar are rated just as ski runs. Green circle is easy, blue square intermediate and black diamond advanced.

If you are a beginner, there are trails just for you in order to get used to the bike, such as Easy Rider and Tryumph.  They have mild grade and smooth surface. For the next level, if you are intermediate, there are also many trails, such as Big Tree (boardwalk and log ride), Coaster (fire-road and single-track mix) and Booster (up and down single-track).

Last, there are many advanced trails that if you want to ride, you have to be in a perfect physical condition, such as Live Wire  (with lots of jumps and berms) and Gypsy (with log rides, berms and jumps).

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM South Lake Tahoe
40 miles/64.37 km, 1 hour 5 minutes
Via West shore: Go West on Highway 50. Merge on to Highway 89 North towards Tahoe City. Turn Right onto Nevada SR 28 towards Kings Beach. Via East shore: Go East on Highway 50. Turn Left onto Nevada SR 28 towards Incline Village and Kings Beach.Turn Right/Left onto Highway 267 in Kings Beach.Continue on Highway 267 for 6 miles over Brockway Summit.Turn Left onto Northstar Dr.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
107 miles/172.20 km, 1 hour 49 minutes
Take Interstate 80 East/West to exit #188B/#188, Hwy 267. Turn Right/Left onto Highway 267 heading South.Continue on Highway 267 for approximately 6 miles through Martis Valley.Turn Right onto Northstar Drive.
Sacramento International Airport,
115 miles/185.07 km

Amtrak serves the entire USA. For fares, tickets and schedules check the website.

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