[Also– Road-biking] Reno local Greg LeMond was the first non-European to win the Tour de France, and his legs muscles were built on punishing Tahoe climbs like the Mt. Rose Highway’s 4,400-foot ascent and 2,500-foot descent to Lake Tahoe. For those at ease on narrow mountain roads, the region is full of challenges. Chief among them is the infamous Death Ride bicycle race, winding over steep mountain passes south of Tahoe, returning in mid-July to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The belt-notch Tahoe ride for many cyclists is circling the lake, a 72-mile journey that can be turned into a “century” with a 28-mile out-and-back to Truckee. The road around the lake features a mostly adequate, single-file shoulder, but there are also stretches with little to no shoulder on East Shore and near Emerald Bay. Ride clockwise if you want to maximize lake views. Highway 89 from Squaw Valley to Truckee has wider bike lanes and can be part of an alternate around-the-lake route that includes a 1,385foot climb over Brockway Summit on Highway 267. Other popular road rides include climbing Ward and Blackwood Canyons on the West Shore, or climbing almost 1200 vertical feet in 3 miles on Old Highway 40 from Donner Lake over the Sierra Crest (scheduled to have construction closures this summer). To just dial it back and cruise, see Bike Paths.
Dining See “Dining Directory” on page 42. Disc Golf Challenging courses are found at Incline
Village, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
Dog Walks and Swims
Dogs the world-over drool to come to Lake Tahoe. No ticks, no poison oak, waterwater-water, mountains to climb, squirrels to chase, and outdoor dining with scraps. Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome on all of Tahoe’s beaches, so head for Kiva Beach in South Tahoe, Zephyr Cove on East Shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, Patton Beach in Carnelian Bay, or Hurricane Bay near Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore. Dogs on lease or under voice command are welcome on most trails in the area. Water-sprinkled hikes include Meeks Bay creek trail, Glen Alpine trail, Five Lakes trail, Shirley Canyon in Squaw Valley, Truckee River Legacy trail, and Donner Memorial State Park. 32 SUMMER/FALL 2021 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide
Breweries throughout Tahoe and Reno produce award-winning “suds,” served up in brew pubs or in taprooms that also pour beer from around the world. Local favorites include Fifty/ Fifty, Tahoe Mountain Brewing, Tahoe Cold Water, Alibi Ale and Tahoe’s newest craft brewery, Tahoe National.
The 72-mile drive around Lake Tahoe can be a scenic 2 to 3 hours or an all-day odyssey with entertaining side trips. Don’t forget lunch, perhaps at a lakefront restaurant, or picnic at a park or beach. Other scenic road trips include Mt. Rose Highway 431, and highways south of Lake Tahoe: 89, 88 and 4.
Trail rides on horseback leave from stables in Alpine Meadows, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove, Piping Rock and Tahoe Donner. Horses are allowed on most regional hiking trails.
[Also– Charters, fly-fishing] Charter fishing boats leave from marinas around Lake Tahoe most every morning of the summer, many seeking large Mackinaw Trout. Fly fishing spots include the upper and lower Truckee River, Little Truckee River, and upper Carson River tributaries south of Tahoe.
[Also– Off-road vehicle, dirt biking] The Rubicon Trail is a world-classic, off-road journey, labeled “the crown jewel of all off-highway trails.” The route crosses the Sierra Crest for a technical, 22-miles from McKinney-Rubicon, on Tahoe’s west shore, to near Georgetown in the California foothills. It rates a “10” difficulty on a scale of 10. Four-wheelers and two-wheelers seeking more wide-open spaces head toward Northern Nevada’s countless off-road trails and dirt roads.
[Also– Arcades] Stateline in South Tahoe is home to the region’s famous, large casino towers— Harrah’s, Harveys, MontBleu and Hard Rock Hotel—all adjacent to each other. All feature 24-hour slots and table games, plus entertainment, dining and lodging. Crystal Bay on the northern state line has 3 smaller casinos, with the Hyatt nearby in Incline Village.