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TAHOE SINGLETRACK SAMPLER | 5 DAY

Call it what you will...California’s Jewel of the Sierra, Big Blue, the Island in the Sky...Lake Tahoe is impeccable beauty. A seemingly endless expanse of outdoor adventure awaits in this natural paradise. With hundreds of miles of trail, an abundance of high alpine singletrack & lakes, granite rockgardens, wildflower-lined meadows, and towering pines, there’s a reason why Dirt Gypsy Adventures calls this region home. Join us on an unforgettable escape to this elevated epicenter of prime mountain biking and let us tour you around. Explore North Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and the lesser known Lost Sierra across five epic days spent riding, roaming and repeating. Rich in history, culture, entertainment, and natural beauty you’ll see for yourself why the Jewel of the Sierra is such a special place in our hearts and minds.

OVERVIEW

START & END LOCATION: TRUCKEE, CA 

TRIP LENGTH: 5 DAYS

LODGING: HOTELS

GROUP SIZE:  4 - 10

INTENSITY INDEX:

AEROBIC:  3-5, TECHNICAL: 3-5, OVERALL: 4-5

Priced from $2,400 per person

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Itinerary

DAY ONE  18 to 27 miles

Get ready to ride! We’re kickstarting this weeklong mountain bike tour with morning coffee in Truckee, where you’ll meet the team and get your bikes sorted. Then it’s time to shuttle up to Donner Summit for a remote singletrack loop through a forested, granite playground where you’ll enjoy a mix of flowy and technical stretches. Lunch and sunshine at the mid-ride swimming hole will fast track you into vacation mode. Rejuvenate back in the van and perhaps you’ll have enough in the tank for an afternoon shuttle down the Donner Lake Rim Trail. Post-ride libations and snacks will be enjoyed at the Cedar House Hotel before we reconvene for our welcome dinner.

DAY TWO  15 to 24 miles

We point our van in a different direction today towards one of the area’s highest trailheads that offers mind-blowing views of Big Blue (Lake Tahoe). Tacking on some elevation gain at the start takes us to a wilderness boundary where you rarely see another soul – just how we like it. Then it’s over 10 miles of descending down to the water’s edge for lunch and a chance to wash that dirt-eating grin away with a little swim. We return to Truckee this afternoon, and it’s up to you how you choose to arrive back there. Those wanting some more saddle time are dropped off near Watson Lake for a sublime ride on Big Chief and Sawtooth back to town.  Relax at the hotel or head out to explore old town before we get together for another group dinner.

DAY THREE  18 to 29 miles

Transfer day. Pack the bags and we're heading North. The first adventure is a backcountry ride to the summit of Mt Lola, perched well above 9,000 feet! The approach meanders through lush meadows and pine forests before ascending into the craggy alpine high country. Savor the panoramic views before plunging over 2,000’ back down to the van. Another lake visit for another lunch and then we’re heading on for the day’s cherry-on-top shuttle ride down Mills Peak, which is 7 miles of spectacular trail totaling over 2,500’ of elevation loss. Enjoy a post ride beer under the trees at a nearby brewery before the short shuttle to the Inn at Nakoma. Get checked in, take time to unwind, and then we’ll reconvene for dinner.

DAY FOUR  16 to 25 miles

Stretch it out this morning with an on-site yoga session and get that blood flowing. We head over to Quincy for the day, where we spend the day ticking off laps on Mount Hough. If you are a fan of going fast on smooth trail (I mean, who isn’t?) then you’ll LOVE this ride. After three solid days of riding everyone can use some fast and less technical terrain. Ride a lap, grab a bite, take a dip in the river, repeat. That’s our agenda today – simple, yet so sophisticated. Back at the hotel, define what R & R really means with a soak of the bones at their fitness center’s hot tub and then we will gather for a final group dinner together.

DAY five  16 to 20 miles

Rise and shine! An optional early bird shuttle to catch the sunrise atop Mills Peak is there for anyone interested. After returning to the hotel to pack up and enjoy breakfast, we head out on our final ride in the adjacent Lakes Basin zone, where rugged, granite terrain awaits your adventurous soul. We’ll choose a route that caters to what energy and enthusiasm remains in the group, so stay fired up for a few more hours as you pedal around one of our favorite spots. Surprise, surprise…there’s water near the end of this ride so you can wash away the dirt, but not that grin, that you’ve been collecting the last few days. After the 1 hour shuttle back to Truckee, you’ll tell our team goodbye and go your own way.

Lodging

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Cedar House in Truckee, CA - 2 nights

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Inn at Nakoma  in Clio, CA - 2 nights

Dates

  • July 11 - 15, 2021

  • August 15 - 19, 2021

  • September 12 - 16, 2021

  • October 10 - 14, 2021

Pricing

  • Starts at $2,400 per person based  on double occupancy​

Details

  • Seasons

    • For private departures, the above sample itinerary can be generally by offered late June - mid October, when the  weather is most ideal for riding and the snowpack has melted out in the region. Contact us to arrange a tour around your specified dates.

  • Inclusions

    • Guided & fully-supported rides​

    • Professional expertise and regional knowledge of 2 mountain bike guides

    • 4-nights accommodations

    • Ground transportation and shuttles during the trip in our super comfortable passenger van

    • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners

    • Daily ride nutrition (bars, gels, powders, fruits & snacks)

    • Post ride beers

    • Mechanical support of your bicycle throughout the duration of the tour

    • Bike box storage (for those bringing their personal bike)

    • Park entry fees and permits

    • Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks and cycling cap

  • Exclusions

    • Bicycle rental

    • Airfare​

    • Travel costs to/from trip start

    • Pre- and post-tour transport from/to Reno-Tahoe International airport (RNO)

    • Pre/post trip lodging

    • Travel insurance

    • Personal purchases

    • Passport / travel Visa requirements

    • Alcoholic beverages with meals

    • Guide gratuities

  • Getting Here

    • Trip begins and ends in Truckee at a central location​

    • Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the closest airport with frequent flights serving areas across the nation

    • Pre and post tour lodging available at a variety of hotels throughout Reno & Tahoe

    • You will receive a comprehensive tour itinerary and trip planner with additional details after booking your tour and paying your deposit

    • Our staff is happy to provide additional travel suggestions to maximize enjoyment on your visit to Lake Tahoe