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General Information: The Upper Truckee road bike ride is a fine alternative to the crowded South Shore Bike Trail, especially during high summer. The ride cruzes along a wide, but uncrowded paved road, past rural homes then ends at a bridge overlooking the scenic Upper Truckee River. To push yourself, you can continue up the steep final mile of the road as it winds up to Highway 89. This ride is perfect for families or casual riders.

Where To Start: From the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe, head west on US 50 towards Sacramento. You will pass the junction for Highway 89, then cross a bridge. Just after the bridge, turn left on South Upper Truckee Rd. Park along the side of the road.

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Ride Description: Not much to say here. The road heads up Christmas Valley along this quiet, wide road. The road eventually crosses the river at a quiet and scenic spot perfect for relaxing. If you haven't had enough, you can continue up the road as it steepens considerably and winds its way up to Highway 89. You can also take a nice hike up old Hawley Grade.

We like this ride more than the bike trail because it is much less crowded and has very nice views along the way and at the end.

Advisory: None.

 

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