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, towering pines, and riding suitable for all abilities, there’s a reason why Dirt Gypsy Adventures calls Tahoe home. Join us on an unforgettable escape to this high-elevation epicenter of prime mountain biking and let us tour you around. North Lake, Truckee, South Lake, and the East Shore – there’s innumerable reasons why our Tahoe Singletrack Sampler should be your next ride vacation. Be it for a day or for an entire week, we’ve got some of the most amazing riding to throw at you. 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:  5 - 10

INTENSITY INDEX :     AEROBIC:  3-5  |  TECHNICAL: 3-5  |  OVERALL: 4-5

Priced from $1,650 per person

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Itinerary

     Please note our Tahoe Sinlgetrack Sampler is a tour is comprised of a few self-guided rides due to permitting restrictions from the LTBMU, the local land management agency that regulates commercial tours in the region. On two days you'll experience some amazing supported rides with maps, GPS routes, and trailhead transportation throughout, but won't have an on-bike guide present. While we could offer alternative routes in the interim, we believe that offering a supported & self-guided option on a few days is the best way to highlight the premier riding in Tahoe.

DAY ONE  18 to 27 miles

Your guides will kickstart the trip with a general overview and introduction to the week ahead this morning in Truckee. You’ll be on bikes in no time to experience a quintessential section of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) - a behemoth of a trail that circles Lake Tahoe in entirety. Ride at a conservative pace today while adjusting to the high-altitude – we’ll climb to over 8400’ above sea level to access Watson Peak. Here, you’ll have unrivaled and unobstructed views of the Tahoe Basin and snow-capped peaks all begging for your attention. Multiple route options exist so you can ride as far as you’d like before our final descent into the small and lively community of Tahoe City. We’ll dip our toes in Big Blue and have a chance to savor kicked-back mountain living before we transfer to our accommodations in Truckee, home for the next two nights.

DAY TWO  15 to 24 miles

Up and at ‘em! Your guides will be serving up another slice of singletrack pie on today’s epic as we cross state lines and spend the day riding even more incredible sections of the Rim Trail from Tahoe Meadows to Marlette Lake in Nevada. A ride abundant with sweeping panoramic vistas of the Lake, including those iconic visuals you’ve certainly seen photos of from sections of the famed Flume Trail. If there’s a section of trail that’s sure to help cleanse that soul of yours with a little dose of dirt (and scenery) – this is sure to be it. Today’s route concludes with a spine-tingling and grin-inducing descent to Chimney Beach, where we’ll throw on our swimsuits and take a dip in the Lake from the remote beaches of Eastshore. Take a little nap on the warm slabs of granite lining the shores after reviving yourself in the second deepest lake in the US and eleventh deepest in the world. Later, return to Truckee to explore downtown, ride the nearby pump track & bike park, and spend the evening as you see fit.

DAY THREE  18 to 29 miles

Today we check out of our accommodation in Truckee and head to South Lake Tahoe to explore the riding and regional offerings. Stretch out those legs, slap on the sunscreen, and get ready for Mr. Toads Wild Ride! This trail is exactly that – a jaw-clenching and tech-heavy initial descent followed by fast, banked, flowy singletrack that you won’t be able to ride without giving out a few hoots and hollers. Wrap up your day  exploring the Strip (and casinos) of South Lake or settle in beachside to work on that tan before we reconvene for another dinner together. Accommodations the next two evenings will be in South Lake.

DAY FOUR  16 to 25 miles

The fourth day always hurts a little as the riding of the days past slowly starts to catch up. We’ll take the morning as it comes, giving you time to enjoy some stretching and bodywork at an optional yoga class. We’ll tackle another great segment of the Rim Trail from Kingsbury Grade to Spooner Summit – a route that you can elect to ride as a point to point or as an epic full-day out and back. Some honest climbs and technical stair-stepped granite descents will seem a little bit easier this afternoon after having honed those skills of yours over the previous days. Genoa Peak marks the high point of today’s ride, with breathtaking lookouts to the West Shore of Tahoe distracting you from the arduous effort that it took to get here. Back in South Lake, descend the Van Sickle Trail to conclude the day and take a load off before we gather this evening for tonight’s farewell dinner.

DAY five  16 to 20 miles

Today marks the conclusion of the tour, but not without a final ride that is sure to serve as the dessert course for your week-long fat tire feast in the Sierra. An early transfer to a trailhead on the outskirts of Truckee near historic Donner Summit will set us up for a nice outing on the Hole in the Ground trail. A mild loop that features a balanced mix of singletrack & granite, some steady climbs and descents, and a few choose-your-own-adventure stretches that suit the preferences of all abilities. We’ll make our way to Reno at the conclusion of today’s ride, where your guides will bid you farewell and you can continue your vacation as you see fit.

Lodging

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BaseCamp in South Lake Tahoe, CA -

2 nights

Dates

  • Private Groups by Request for 2021

Pricing

  • Starts at $1,650 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 during the trip in Vincent, 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

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

    • Dirt Gypsy Adventures socks and cycling cap

  • Exclusions

    • Bicycle rental

    • Airfare​

    • Travel costs to/from trip start

    • 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​ unless a pickup from Reno is requested

    • 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

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Cedar House in Truckee, CA - 2 nights