What to Do While Waiting for the Trails To Melt

Snow Pile on Dirt Trail

With the ski season at Tahoe XC now closed, us cross-country skiing addicts go through a bit of a mourning period. Eventually we rip off those black arm bands and start fantasizing about getting back out onto the trails we love on a mountain bike. But when it comes to riding the trails, it’s time to whoa nellie, and put those dirt fantasies on hold for a few weeks. There is still a lot of snow and water out there, and riding on muddy trails and through puddles creates eroded and rutted trails.

Explore a New Trail

Let’s let the Tahoe XC trails marinate and dry out for the next month so they will be delicious and smooth in May, and instead try some other mountain biking and hiking routes. It’s also a good time for road bike riding in the lower elevations to the north and east of us.

Several lower elevation trails in South Shore are reported to be open for mountain biking now, including the Corral Trail and portions of the Stinger Trail. Also the Emigrant Trail and other trails around Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs north of Truckee are said to be ripe for riding. Down on the eastern slope the Clear Creek Trail off Jacks Valley Road south of Carson City is ready to go.

Dirt Trail with Puddle

Perhaps a Road Bike or Hike?

It’s a good time to road bike ride out of Carson City or Genoa along the eastern front. Ride just along the edge of the the Sierra to Diamond Valley or for the adventurous Markleeville. Spring there is in full bloom with cows and horses frolicking in the grass and wildflowers, and temperatures in the Goldilocks range. Other road bike choices include Verdi to Reno, and around the Sierra Valley which is wet and full of birds in the spring.

A few hiking trails are beginning to open up as well. The Tahoe Rim Trail out of Spooner Summit is the first section of TRT to emerge from the snow, and the Tahoe City section is not far behind. You can probably hike the first 3 miles out of Tahoe City.

Spring Suggestions

So go out and explore the best that a Tahoe spring has to offer, and soon enough the mule ears and snowblowers will return to create the paradise that is the bike trails at Tahoe XC.

Need a few more suggestions? Check out this article in the current issue of Tahoe Weekly.

Mulesear Tahoe XC Trail