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Bike Directory : Self-Guided Mountain Bike Rides

Power Line Trail
Lake Tahoe Area, California


Difficulty: Beginner with an attitude
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Ride Distance: 12 hours
Time: 2 hours
Scenic Quality: B - Great

How to get there:

Near Meyers, south of South Lake Tahoe, Pioneer Trail goes east off of California Highway 89. Take Pioneer to Oneidas, turn right. Park at the "Power Line Trail" sign or nearby.


The ride:

Ride on up Power Line Trail. It's a dirt road for the first few miles, as it does some ups and downs under its namesake power lines. Finally it crosses a creek and abandons the lines, climbs up some switchbacks, to end at a tee on a dirt road. This is High Meadow Trail; turn right and ride up ~1/3 mile, to get to the other section of the Power Line Trail. Turn left onto that section and you can ride right on over to Ski Run Blvd, at the bottom of the California side of the Heavenly Valley Ski Area. Alternatively, you could start this ride in the middle, because you can drive up High Meadow Trail (off of Pioneer Trail). Be aware that this entire trail allows dirt bikes.


What to bring:

Bring plenty of water, food, and clothing for any weather conditions. Wear your helmet. Carry tools, spare tube, tire pump, patch kit, allen wrenches, chain tool, shimano chain pin, tire irons, screw driver, spoke wrench, and small first aid kit. A water filter to refill your water bottle. Control your bicycle at all times, and descend under control. Always yield to hikers. Never spook animals.


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