Ride prepared. Be safe. Stay healthy.

Trail Safety

Ethics & Etiquette

  • Tahoe XC does neither maintains nor monitors trails during snowless months
  • There is no trail sweep
  • There are no trail stewards to help if you get injured or lost
  • Tahoe XC cannot and does not handle any emergencies on the trail system
  • It is YOUR responsibility to stay safe and be prepared for any emergency you may encounter

Before you go

  1. Tell someone you trust where you are going and what time you expect to be back
  2. Be aware: there is very limited cell service on the trails
  3. Carry your own water, snacks, and clothing for inclement weather
  4. Carry your own first aid kit and repair tools
  5. Save these numbers in your phone (note there is limited cell service on many sections of trail):


Law Enforcement/Search & Rescue
Placer County Sheriff North Lake Tahoe
(530) 583-6305

Local EMS
North Tahoe Fire Protection District
(530) 583-6913

Local Hospital
Tahoe Forest Hospital
10121 Pine Avenue
Truckee, CA, 96161
(530) 587-6011

Tahoe City Urgent Care
Truckee Tahoe Medical Group
925 North Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 581-8864 ext. 3
(limited hours; not suitable for life-threatening illness)

Man and women stretching on rock with view of Lake Tahoe

Trail Etiquette

These are multi-use trails. Allowable activities vary based on land ownership and boundaries between California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy, and Tahoe City Public Utility District. Be respectful of others, as all users have equal rights to enjoy Tahoe’s outdoors.

Human Etiquette

  • Be nice & say hello
  • Let others pass
  • Ride responsibly and in control at all times
  • Practice low impact use:
    • Don’t skid
    • Don’t roost
    • Stay on trail
    • Don’t chase wildlife
    • Be friendly to everyone
  • Wear protective equipment
  • Do not make unauthorised trail modifications
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times; watch for wildlife and changing weather
  • Always stay on established trails; do not cause erosion or widening trails by avoiding snow, mud, standing water, or other obstacles
  • Report trail issues to landowners (either Tahoe City Public Utility District, California Tahoe Conservancy, or California State Parks)
Man and women mountain biking on single track in woods

Dog Etiquette

  • Dogs must be on leash in Tahoe XC parking lot, at the trailhead, and on California State Parks land.
  • Pack out your poop. If your dog poops off trail and you “didn’t see it,” please go pick it up anyways and dispose of your poop bags in the trash can located at the trailhead.
  • Do not leave poop bags trailside. There is a better way.
  • Do not allow dogs to chase wildlife or other trail users.
  • Keep your dog on leash or voice command at all times.

Become a Trail Volunteer

  • Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that builds, maintains, and advocates for multi-use trails in Tahoe while providing education to all trail users and hosting fun community events.
  • Tahoe XC Trail Work Days occur throughout the year, where Tahoe XC staff, board members, and community volunteers work together to do trailhead maintenance and prepare for winter grooming.

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