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South Shore Bike Trail, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Biking Route

The South Shore Bike Trail is a four mile paved trail running parallel to Highway 89. It is a family friendly trail, predominately flat, allowing for an easy and scenic ride. The trail cuts through towering fir, pine, and aspen trees. This trail provides easy access to Baldwin, Kiva (pet friendly), and Pope Beaches. The trail also leads to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center where visitors can enjoy self- guided interpretive trails, including the incredible Stream Profile Chamber! This unique attraction provides visitors the opportunity to view the side profile of an actual stream bed using aquarium type displays. A visitor may then jump on their bike and continue south where they can end their ride and enjoy a delicious scoop (or two) of ice cream!

Eco-Friendly Notes

This trail is easily accessible using public transit! Board the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3424, which departs daily from Sacramento Amtrak Station at 10:15 am. Travel through Placerville and disembark at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 12:35 pm.

At 2:05pm, hop on the Emerald Bay Trolley back at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center and ride it to the Meeks Bay stop, trailhead is located just across Highway 89!

Bike rentals available at Mountain Sports Center, across from the Camp Richardson Resort Trolley stop!

For more information on the Emerald Bay Trolley click here.

*Highway 89 during the peak summer season can get quite congested; consider using the South Shore Bike Trail or Emerald Bay Trolley as alternative modes of transportation!

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on leash.

Route Directions

The bike trail starts at the cross section of Eloise Ave and 15th Street. It is 1.1 miles north of the Y intersection in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Drive north on Highway 89, left on 15th St and is on the left hand side. However, the bike trail is easily accessible anywhere north of the starting point.

Route Length

Round Trip is approximately 8 miles.


Route Difficulty

Easy - Good for All Ages

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