Cycling around beautiful Lake Tahoe
Ride 74.3 miles gaining 4,050’.
Climb summary by PJAMM Cycling’s John Johnson.
Lake Tahoe is one of the jewels of California and Nevada - there are not many more beautiful places in California and Nevada than Lake Tahoe.
I have done the loop three times and consider it a bucket list ride for anyone willing to travel for their cycling experience. This is a very mild ride in relation to grade - the steepest quarter-mile segment is only 8%, located just after the second big hairpin leading to Emerald Bay.
Some of the scenes along the way:
My favorite spot on the ride is Emerald Bay, located at the southern tip of the lake.
Scenes around Emerald Bay.
You will encounter the following points of interest as you ride clockwise around the lake, beginning at Emerald Bay. We recommend doing the ride clockwise so that the lake is closest to you as you ride.
Viking Holm is just past Emerald Bay on the right - ride down about half a mile to the lake from here.
Homewood is between Emerald Bay and Tahoe City.
Fanny Bridge crosses over the Truckee River as you enter Tahoe City from the south.
We enter Nevada at State Line just past Kings Beach at the north end of the lake.
Incline Village and the road to Mt. Rose is a few miles past Stateline at the northern part of the lake.
Memorial Point Scenic Overlook is past Incline Village at the northeastern part of the lake.
Start of the four mile descent towards South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50.
This is my least favorite part of the ride.
If you don’t want to ski or board, bring your bike . . .