If you have any logistics questions that aren’t covered below, please post them in the Facebook group.
Getting to Truckee
- Drive: If you are coming from Sacramento or the Bay Area, try to drive on Saturday to avoid bad traffic. Traffic heading to Lake Tahoe on Friday afternoon/evening is notoriously bad.
- Amtrak: Once a day, there is a train that starts in Emeryville and stops in Truckee. Amtrak has reportedly become much more bike friendly, but I haven’t ridden it with a bike myself, so be sure to check out the details at amtrak.com.
- Bus: Greyhound and Amtrak are your bus options.
- Fly: Reno is the closest airport (about 45 minutes away). After that, Sacramento is your next closest option (1.5 hours).
- Craigslist ride: Though it’s not a sure bet, you can often find people offering a ride if you split gas.
Staying in Truckee
- Rent a house: There are lot of homes for rent in Truckee and the Tahoe Donner neighborhood. You can often get a 3 bedroom home for around $200/night through AirBnB or VRBO.
- Hotel or hostel: There are a few hotels in Truckee and one hostel ($50 for a bed in a bunk room).
- Camping: There are several campgrounds in/near Truckee. Donner State Park is the most convenient (closest to start/finish). After that, your options are Tahoe Donner’s Campground , Granite Flat Campground, or Lakeside Campground.
- Groceries: Truckee has a Safeway, Save Mart, and New Moon (a natural foods market)
- Bike shop: Truckee has a few bike shops, but we’d recommend Paco’s. And we’ve got an Ace Hardware.
Where to leave your car
- There is no long-term parking in Truckee. All public roads have a 72-hour limit. The police aren’t terribly stringent about this, so you could probably get away with leaving your car for 3.5-4.5 days before you’d risk getting a ticket.
- Your best bet is to ask a warmshowers.org host in Truckee if you can leave you car at their house.
- If you stay in a hotel, ask if you can leave your car on their property.