October 11, 2019 -
That's a wrap! We've parked the van, hung up the keys and have concluded our shuttle operations for 2019. Thanks to everyone who allowed us to help them out. We hope you had countless dirt-based adventures this season and look forward to some new & exciting offerings in 2020. See you in the Spring!
- Dirt Gypsy Adventures
Call to book 1-844-GO-GYPSY (464-9779), ext 2 HIKERS, BIKERS, TRAIL RUNNERS - WE'RE HERE TO SERVE YOU ALL!
A credit card is required to reserve your spot and CASH PAYMENT will be due upon arrival (private groups can pay via CC).
Some routes operate on a defined schedule and others are offered by special request. See individual routes for details.
We require a minimum of 4 - 6 riders depending on the route. See desired route for details. Solo passengers will be asked to meet the minimum in the event that there are no other reservations for a desired route.
We extend a 48-hour cancellation policy on our public trailhead shuttles. Cancellations made outside of 48-hours before departure date will be issued a 100% refund. Cancellations made between 24-48 hours will be issued a 100% credit for future use. Cancellations made with less than 24-hours of your departure will forfeit the entire amount and no credits or refunds will be issued. Shuttles arranged for private groups have their own specific cancellation policy, which will be addressed during the planning process.
Shuttles will typically depart on the hour, every hour.
Drop-offs that account for a return shuttle at the end of your route will ONLY OFFER ONE RETURN TIME. This time will be dependent on start time, length of route and other factors. Don't worry about this too much, we're generous with our time estimates. You must be punctual and responsible for arriving at the designated pickup spot by the established return time.
Weekday departures must be booked AT LEAST 2 hours before departure.
Saturday and Sunday departures require advance reservations (at least the day prior).
You can bring your dog if it is well behaved and there's room. $5/pet.
Our GET IN THE VAN! shuttle days are offered only with advance registration. See below for full details.
Some routes below have daily scheduled pickup times, others are by request only. Either way, you must call to book your spot. If you're interested in a pick-up and/or drop-off at times or locations not listed give a call and we'll do our best to accommodate.
TRUCKEE - Donner SUMMIT -running
You'll climb North into Castle Valley and connect with the singletrack that takes you east to Summit Lake. From Summit Lake, you'll access Donner Lake Rim Trail and enjoy an exhilarating, twisty and fast descent to the Wendin Way TH. From Wendin Way TH, riders can descend a 1.2 miles section of pavement to Donner Lake. It's an additional 4 mile spin along the lake back into Truckee.
BY REQUEST | $15 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 15 miles
20 minute shuttle from Truckee* to Donner Summit. *Meets at Donner Pass Rd & Cold Stream Rd
TAHOE PYRAMID TRAIL -running
This ride is an awesome one and covers the finest portions of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail, which connects Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. On this point to point, users will enjoy views of the Truckee River Canyon as you pedal downriver, losing elevation the whole way. The route starts in Hirschdale and is a car-free dirt trail (mostly singletrack) that parallels the highway. The trail sits recessed along the river and is sheltered from the sounds of autos for the most part. Suspension bridges, historical sites, rail cars, wildlife spottings....what's not to love about it? There's nothing too technical on this trail. Check it out!
BY REQUEST | $20 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 15 miles
30 minute shuttle from Verdi* to Hirschdale. *Meets at Crystal Peak Park
BIG CHIEF TRAIL -running
Truckee's newest singletrack addition is waiting for you. This ride is an awesome one and connects the Watson Peak / Lake region to the Sawtooth trail complex. On this point to point, users will enjoy views of the Sierra Crest while riding purpose-built singletrack intended for mountain bikers. Some really quality building has taken place in getting this 8 mile trail cut in, evidenced by the stone work, berms & rock features, and the flow that one feels as you ride towards Truckee. At the end of Big Chief, you can tie into Sawtooth Trail or take the 06 fire road back to the Thelin Dr trailhead as an easier alternative.
BY REQUEST | $20 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 13 miles
30 minute shuttle from Truckee* to Fiberboard Freeway (Rd 73) & Watson Peak intersection. *Meets at Sawtooth TH
kings beach - martis peak -runninG
A popular route that descends off Martis Peak into Kings Beach with over 2,200' elevation loss and minimal climbing. With close to 100% singletrack riding, this is a great option to get a lot of bang for your buck in a short amount of time.
BY REQUEST | $15 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 8 miles
30 minute shuttle from Kings Beach* to Martis Peak. *Meets at Dolly Varden Ave & Wolf St
TAHOE CITY - martis peak -running
This shuttle enables riders to ride some of the most epic sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail all the way from Martis Peak back to Tahoe City. You begin with a sweet, fast descent to Brockway Summit before crossing Hwy 267 and continuing a mix of climbing and short descents to Watson Lake. From Watson Lake you traverse to Painted Rock and eventually finish the ride on the Glass Mountain section of the TRT that delivers you to Tahoe City.
Above suggested route is 24 miles
BY REQUEST | $20 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 24 miles
45 minute shuttle from Tahoe City* to Martis Peak. *Meets at 64 Acres TRT Trailhead
TRUCKEE - TAHOE DONNER -running
This ride covers portions of the Donner Lake Rim Trail and allows users to enjoy views of the Pacific Crest and the surrounding peaks. The route starts with a short traverse from the Glacier Way TH to the Negro Canyon Overlook and then descends to the Wendin Way TH on fast, flowy and all downhill singletrack. We suggest a short out & back spur to Summit Lake before a return descent to the Wendin Way TH. From here, riders can descend a 1.2 miles section of pavement to Donner Lake and then it's an additional 4 mile easy spin along the lake back into Truckee.
BY REQUEST | $15 per person, 4 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 15 miles
20 minute shuttle from Truckee* to Tahoe Donner @ Glacier Way *Meets at Donner Pass Rd & Cold Stream Rd
CHIMNEY beach - tahoe meadows -running
One of the best! Ride from Rose Meadows along the TRT to Marlette Lake via the historic Flume Trail or the more challenging Marlette Peak option. Stunning scenery, amazing stretches of trail, and what better way to finish it than with a hair-raising descent of over 2,000' to the shores of Lake Tahoe.
BY REQUEST (even days only) | $20 per person, 6 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 20 miles
30 minute shuttle from East Shore* to Tahoe Meadows *Meets at Chimney Beach parking area
TRUCKEE - SPOONER or KINGSBURY (Roundtrip) -running
Ride the Tahoe Rim Trail to 'The Bench' (near Genoa Pk) from either Spooner Summit or Kingsbury Grade (you decide) and savor some of the best views of Lake Tahoe. You then begin a massive descent on rocky, tight switchbacks that make up the Sierra Canyon Trail. You'll finish the route at Nevada's oldest bar before in the small town of Genoa before taking a return shuttle back to Truckee. NOTE, ONLY ONE RETURN SHUTTLE TIME IS OFFERED (TBD BASED ON DEPARTURE).
Above suggested route is 16 - 18 miles
BY REQUEST | $50 per person, 6 rider minimum | Above suggested route is 16 - 18 miles
60 - 90 minute shuttle to Spooner Summit or Kingsbury TRT trailhead , 90 minute return shuttle to Truckee *Meets at StartHaus
TRUCKEE - TAHOE MEADOWS (Roundtrip) -running
If you're after a full day of EPIC, look no further. A morning shuttle to Tahoe Meadows puts you on the TRT and you'll make your way around the East Shore and South Lake Tahoe. Choose your own adventure with various options available throughout the ride including Marlette Peak, Flume Trail, Van Sickle, Monument Pass, Armstrong Connector, and Mr Toads Wild Ride (Saxon Creek). This is the famous ROSE TO TOADS itinerary that every mountain biker should put on their bucket list. This shuttle includes a resupply of food and water at Kingsbury Grade, beer at the end, and return transportation to Truckee from South Lake Tahoe. NOTE, ONLY ONE RETURN SHUTTLE RIDE IS OFFERED (TBD BASED ON DEPARTURE). SHUTTLE AVAILABLE ON EVEN DAYS ONLY.
BY REQUEST | $50 per person, 6 rider minimum | Above suggested route (Rose to Toads) is 62 miles
45 minute shuttle to Tahoe Meadows, 90 minute return shuttle to Truckee *Meets at StartHaus
squaw valley - sugar bowl -running
This is one of the sweetest stretches of the Pacific Crest Trail that you won't want to miss. You'll hike or run up to Mt Judah before traversing the crest and making visits to Mt Judah, Anderson Peak & Tinker's Knob. If you're feeling good, tack on Granite Chief before a lovely descent down to Squaw Valley via Shirley Lake and Squaw Creek. An amazing summer or fall outing that's abundant with greenery, amazing scents, and an awesome assortment of wildflowers to keep your spirits running high.
BY REQUEST | $20 per person, 4 runner/hiker minimum | Above suggested route is 16 miles
30 minute shuttle from Squaw Valley up to Donner Summit (Donner Peak TH) *Meets at Olympic Village Inn