Trails for Biking

While most trails are open to bikes, a few favorites based on ridership are Lower Clear Creek, Upper Clear Creek and the Pinyon Trail. Riders looking for a serious lung buster can head up the steeper Genoa System trails. All trails are single track with a lot of side-hill riding and mostly smooth surfaces – nothing too technical here. Please be cautious when coming up on a blind turn and obey rights of way as these are single-track, multi-use trails!

Easy to Moderate Rides (generally in order of popularity)

1. Clear Creek

Moderate with three entry points
Starting at the lower end from Jacks Valley Elementary, you get a nice warm up before the trail enters hilly open terrain on the other side of Jacks Valley Road. Higher up you enter pine forest as you climb to Knob Point (great view of Carson Valley). Upper Clear Creek involves more switch-back and side-hill riding. At Spooner Summit Trailhead, you can also connect with the Tahoe Rim Trail.

2. Pinyon Trail

Easy 5.2 mi round trip including 3 mi. loop

Open terrain with constant views. This trail gets a lot of use in the winter because it is typically snow-free save for a few North-facing shaded areas. Beware of sharp rocks and carry a tube just in case. Reverse the loop to extend your ride.

3. Eagle Ridge Loop

Moderate 6.5 mi.

Starting at the Sierra Canyon Trailhead, you have an intense climb for 2 miles but a nice downhill combining the Eagle Ridge Trail and couple miles of roads back to the start.

4. Fay-Luther Trail System

Easy with many shorter trails to connect

The sandy start from the Fay-Luther trailhead is only .2 mi. After that, take your pick with the Grand View Loop offering the most elevation gain. Note: No bikes allowed past Valley View Loop on Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail.

Caution: This is a popular equestrian area. When approaching equestrians, it is best to dismount and allow horses to pass. Most riders prefer a vocal greeting as opposed bells to make yourself known. Horses are powerful creatures and some are easily spooked.

Intense Rides (more physical than technical)

5. Sierra Canyon Trail

Intense 20 mi. roundtrip

8% typical grade and 3800 ft of elevation gain tell you all you need to know. With a shuttle, riding from the Kingsbury North or Spooner Summit Trailheads along the Tahoe Rim Trail is possible.

6. Genoa Loop

Intense 8.2 mi

9% typical grade with lots of tight switchbacks make this a very challenging ride. The 2 mi start at Genoa Canyon Trail Access requires strength, skill and caution.