This is a big loop starting and ending in King's Beach that combines a big out-and-back of the Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Wilderness Boundary
finishing with a descent into the King's Beach neighborhood on fun singletrack.
You'll ride through the neighborhoods to Hwy 267 and do a paved climb to the Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Wilderness Boundary
trailhead. You'll do a long out-and-back on the TRT, but instead of dropping down the pavement, this ride makes a left turn and descends some of the fun singletrack all the way back into the King's Beach neighborhood.
This ride includes a post-ride swim in the lake! Ice cream, burger, beer, snacks are readily available, too! We started and ended this ride at the lakeside park in KB, but you can park anywhere in the neighborhood.
This is a big ride with few bailout points, bring lots of food and water and be prepared for mountain weather.
Head up through the Kings Beach grid and make a left on Speckled Avenue. Continue on Speckled Avenue to the Hwy 267 intersection and make a right turn. You'll climb on 267 for just over two miles to the TRT trailhead. Don't worry about the start of this ride on pavement, you'll have plenty of epic singletrack.
At the TRT trailhead and parking lot, make a right turn and continue on the Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Wilderness Boundary
. You'll ride an out-and-back on the TRT to the Mt. Rose Wilderness Boundary at about 9000' elevation. This is a great climb with a mix of smooth, fast singletrack, rocky sections, loose shale, and some tricky technical uphills (everything is rideable, but sometimes tough to power through because of the altitude).
Enjoy the tough climb and the amazing views into Martis Valley on one side and Lake Tahoe on the other. Be sure to scout out some of the rock steps and ramps for the way back. The trail flows beautifully on the way back, making the tough climb totally worthwhile.
On the way out, you may notice a signpost with a TRT and "No Motos" sign on the right side of the trail with a well-used singletrack. Make a note of this signpost, this will be your turn on the way back. (This trail has the awesome Forest Service name, 18E04A).
Right at about mile 16 on this ride, you'll be making a left turn onto a new singletrack at the previously mentioned signpost. The turn comes up near the bottom of a fast downhill, so be on the lookout.
Make a left turn on the well-used singletrack at the signpost. This is 18E04A, a non-motorized connector from the TRT to the Kings Beach trail network. Despite the boring USFS name, it's actually a nice singletrack. You'll cross a fire road and continue nearly straight across onto 18E04
(a moto-legal singletrack). 18E04
is marked with a USFS sign, showing that it is legal for bikes and motos, but does not have a name on it.
Note that the area above Kings Beach is littered with unmarked trails. It is easy to get off the route onto one of the many fun ways to descend to KB. It's really impossible to get lost. The area is bordered by Hwy 267 on the west side and an unrideable ridge to the east. Unsure where you are in this maze of trails? Just head toward the lake and you'll drop into the neighborhood or use the MTB Project mobile app
This ride continues on 18E04
. There is a downhill left turn to continue on 18E04
. If you go straight, you'll head back toward Hwy 267. At about mile 18.5 you'll drop onto a fire road. This is Gas Line Road
. Make a left turn and follow Gas Line Road
. You'll make a creek crossing that USFS dug out with an excavator and lined with logs specifically to keep Jeeps and OHVs out. There is a bike/moto-sized slot in the logs.
Continue across the creek and follow the easy climb to the top of the Rise and Shine Downhill (#18E18)
. This is the last climb of the ride, and an easy grade, so spin it out. The last major descent of the day is Rise and Shine Downhill (#18E18)
, which will drop you almost into the KB neighborhood. It is well-marked and motorcycle legal and a fun descent that can be loose and dusty in the late summer. Enjoy.
There are a number of marked multi-use (motorcycle legal) options that all dump into the KB neighborhood. It's a grid, so every north-south road drops back into town.
Enjoy post-ride snacks and a swim! Let me know in the comments what you think.