Beginning and ending in Truckee, CA, this bikepacking route consists of 2 loops – a smaller loop above Truckee (Bones) and then a big loop around Lake Tahoe (Blue). The route is mostly well-maintained, single-track with some fire roads. There is a 20-mile stretch of road riding along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Though it is pavement, it’s extremely scenic.
“Bones” loop (above Truckee) – the route goes right through the areas that the Donner Party spent their tragic winter of 1846/47. The 89 pioneers hunkered down in 2 different areas – one group near Alder Creek and the other near Donner Lake. You will pass through the Donner Party sites at the beginning and the end of the loop. You will also descend down Donner Pass, a very important pass for pioneers making their way into California in the 1800’s.
“Blue” loop (around Lake Tahoe) – the route uses all of the bike-legal sections of the famous Tahoe Rim Trail. The views are stunning. While there is a lot of climbing, the trail is very rideable. You are in for a treat.