This is one of the best ways to link up a couple solid trails in Kings Beach for a great ride with some sweet lake views. This particular route starts and ends within easy walking distance of the lake and a great beach with public access. After your ride, depending on the time of year, enjoy a dip and a snack, or a sunset and some beach time at moon dunes!
The area where the ride starts and finishes has a ton of short unmarked trails that criss cross the area and are frequented by neighborhood folk walking dogs and jogging. Please be polite while riding there and be on the lookout for fellow trail users.
Also, its easy to get a little confused here with route finding at the start, but as long as you continue in a generally up hill direction, you'll come to the paved bike path that connects the Tahoe Vista regional park area to the neighborhoods just off of hwy. 267.
The area on the Kings Beach side of 267 is open to motorcycles. Its a great place to ride though and I hardly ever see moto's use the singletrack.
Also there has been a fair amount of defensible space work by the forest service this summer in the area. Operations have ceased for the year but some of the forest roads have portions that are covered in wood chips that make for an interesting, wood chipped riding surface at times.
Start out across the meadow at the trailhead and continue uphill into the forest. Again, route finding can be confusing here but don't get discouraged. As long as you're climbing, and you don't end up on the golf course or a neighborhood before you reach the bike path, you're headed the right direction.
When you reach the paved bike path in the forest head right and toward ca 267. The bike path will come out into a neighbor hood. make your way out to 267 and up or across to Cambridge Dr. Cambridge is a short road with a cul-de-sac where, at the end another trailhead departs into the forest.
Start off on the Cambridge fire road/doubletrack (forest service 18E18D) for about a mile or so making your way past other trails that break to the left up hill. When the trail comes to a T and you reach the "Old Mill", continue up hill to the left, on forest service road 16N87. When you again reach a T, you go left up the road (16N86) that extends from Beaver St. in Kings Beach.
Once you reach the top of the second short scramble on the road, there is a singletrack that leaves from the right side of the trail at the top of the second climb. Wooo Hooo! The Power Lines singletrack! There's a sweet view of the lake from the start here, and its a fun shred down.
The Power Lines trail crosses the fire road you just climbed about halfway down and continues back down toward the old mill area again. If you don't want to head back yet, take the only optional right to cross a creek and head right again after a short climb out of the creek corridor on the unnamed connector trail that for the sake of this description I'll call the "Kings Beach Traverse".
If you miss the first right, the trail will climb a short bit and T up with the Deer St fire road you just climbed. If you miss the second right you'll drop a bit more and meet up with the mill again at the intersection of the Cambridge road doubletrack (18E18D) and the Deer Street fire road (16N87). You can climb back to the singletrack, so don't worry if you miss one of these right turns!
Assuming that you've made it this far, continue on this fun bit of connector trail for a short while and go right at the next intersection to settle in for some more climbing. A left a a Y intersection after a little while takes you to the "water track" climb and up toward the Gas Line Road
Finally, right and up just a bit further will land you at the top of the Rise and Shine Downhill. This fun, flowy little gem of a trail departs from the gas line road at the south end of a small clearing or moto turn around spot. If you go too far you'll end up at the top of the Power Lines down hill again, simply back track about a quarter mile and look for the singletrack headed back toward the lake!
The fun and flow continue on past a couple of intersections where you crossed the trail earlier on the climb up. Bearing right at the next 2 intersections will take you back onto the Cambridge Drive trail and going right again will take you back the way you came.
Cross 267 and rejoin the bike path where you left it to find your way back through the fun single and doubletrack trails of the Tahoe Vista Regional Park back to the start by the lake!
The Old Mill is a building foundation that remains on the banks of Griff creek and dates back to the logging operations that existed in the area during the mid and late 1800's. According to a recent article on the subject in the Tahoe Weekly, John Griffin was the mill owner and the area was his base of operations that at one point included housing for workers and corrals for draft oxen and other livestock.