woman on one of Tahoe's mountain bike trails

Must-try mountain bike trails in El Dorado County

For mountain bikers in the know, El Dorado County is a hidden gem. Miles of singletrack throughout the region means adventure, fun, and fantastic views for newbie and expert riders alike.

We’ve compiled a variety of mountain bike trails to suit all tastes. For additional information (including more detailed directions, maps, and more), visit our mountain biking page.

Foothill mountain bike trails

Dirt junkies can explore a variety of trails at the lower elevations ranging from pristine singletrack to beginner-friendly double track. Best of all, many of these trails are rideable year-round.

Cronan Ranch Trail System – Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy the 12+ miles of single and double track trails with outstanding views of the South Fork American River. It’s also one of the few trails that where you’ll find a movie set!  Park at Pilot Hill and Hwy 49 entrance.

Salmon Falls – This trail delivers 8.5 miles of scenic lakeside singletrack to the Peninsula Campground. Ride it as an out and back for additional mileage. Intermediate biking skills make the ride more enjoyable. Park at Salmon Falls Bridge lot.

Foresthill Divide Loop – A 13-mile loop along the ridges of the Foresthill/Auburn Divide features stunning views of both the Middle Fork American River Canyon and the North Fork American River Canyon. Bonus: it’s good for all abilities. Park at the trailhead (on the right) on Foresthill Road, approximately 6 miles past the Foresthill Bridge.

Fleming Meadow Loop – Located across from Jenkinson Lake, this 6.5-mile loop trail of mostly singletrack is full of flowy banked turns, along with a moderate uphill climb that’s well worth the downhill. It’s best for intermediate to advanced riders. Park off Mormon Emigrant Trail in Sly Park.

Man riding one of the mountain bike trails at Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe’s Christmas Valley Trail is a fun and flowy mountain bike descent.

Lake Tahoe mountain bike trails

Tahoe’s become quite the mountain biking mecca in past years, and continued trail building all around the lake is only helping solidify that claim. You don’t have to be an expert rider to enjoy the trails around here, either.

Corral Loop/Sidewinder – This South Lake Tahoe network of trails run parallel to the Fountain Place paved road, which means you can shuttle them by car. Upper and lower Corral trails boast various features including rocks, log rides, jumps, and rock rolls (along with ride arounds), while Sidewinder and Incense Cedar are smooth, flowy trails perfect for beginners and less aggressive riders. Park at the lower Corral parking lot off Fountain Place Road in Meyers.

Powerlines Trail– Intermediate riders and beginner riders not afraid of short climbs will enjoy the smooth rolling single track that takes you from near Heavenly along a forested trail above the neighborhoods of South Lake Tahoe. Explore the trail pullouts for views of the lake. Park at the top of High Meadow Road in South Lake Tahoe

Christmas Valley Trail – This is a moderately technical 7+ mile round trip trail that links part of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) with rocky terrain that includes both a technically demanding climb and descent.  Adventuring types can explore such scenic alpine lakes as Scott’s, Dardanelle’s, and Round Lake. Park at the southern end of South Upper Truckee Road before it climbs up to Hwy 89/Luther Pass.

For up to date trail information, mountain bike trail maps, events, and more be sure to visit the Folsom Area Mountain Bike Association and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association.

Sources: Coloma.com, MTB Project, FATRAC, TAMBA

Keep Exploring

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Must-try mountain bike trails in El Dorado County
Must-try mountain bike trails in El Dorado County
Must-try mountain bike trails in El Dorado County

Community Events Calendar

April 19, 2024
Imagination Theater Presents - Winnie the Pooh
April 25, 2024
4:30 pm Live Podcast: Ben Goldfarb
8:00 pm Poor Red's Trivia Night
April 26, 2024
REGISTER NOW: "Buckaroo" Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp
1:00 pm Gold Rush 2.0
3:15 pm William Brooks Bear Business Fair
5:00 pm Live Music at Hwy 50 Brewery
5:00 pm Stand Up for MORE Comedy Night