By Tim Hauserman
The elaborate network of single track and dirt roads above Tahoe City is a mountain biker’s paradise, with a trail for every level of ability. Beginner trails take you through meadows loaded with blooming mule ears and purple lupine, while the more advanced riders can fly on the fun rollers or go for an extended climb all the way up to the Tahoe Rim Trail. The trails can be accessed from a number of locations, but my favorite is at the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area parking lot in The Highlands, about two and a half miles north of Tahoe City.
Now you can even rent bikes right at the Tahoe Cross-Country trailhead. The folks at Tahoe XC have made available for rent a small fleet of bikes for all ages and sizes. In addition, the Free Heel Café, which provides food, drinks and free wifi, will be open for business. A retail shop will also be open where you can pick up that missing item for your ride.
“We are excited to be offering services out of the day lodge in the summer”, says Tahoe Cross-Country manager Kevin Murnane. “Customers can enjoy the convenience of finding what they need right at the trailhead, and a well-marked trail system that has terrain for all abilities. If you enjoy skiing here, you will love the biking and hiking just as much.
Tahoe Cross-Country is located at 925 Country Club Drive, in the Highlands. Phone is 530-583-5475. Website: www.tahoexc.org. Check the website for days and time of operation.