Cycling opportunities abound in the Carson Valley and surrounding area. Road riders can choose a number of century (100 mile) rides, including the Carson Valley Century that features 5,500 feet of climbing and travels over Kingsbury Grade, along Foothill Road, to Diamond Valley, Turtle Rock, Jacks Valley, and the Pine Nut mountains. You can also take any of the loop rides that comprise this century, from the relatively flat East Valley Road to the up and down Emigrant Trail/Diamond Valley trainer. A bit farther afield, rides like the 85 mile Lemond loop that includes 8,500 feet of climbing challenge even the most experienced road rider. Mountain bike aficionados will also find both easy and challenging trails in and around Carson Valley. A loop from Spooner Summit along Lake Tahoe’s eastern ridge to Marlette Lake and Incline village is one of the more famous trails, and the Pine Nut mountains on the eastern side of Carson Valley offer miles of lesser-known but highly enjoyable winding bike trails. The 13-mile McClellan Peak climb challenges cyclists’ endurance, while the Carson River and V&T railroad line loops provide more relaxed riding experiences.
Make Carson Valley your basecamp for rides, and experience what this area has to offer.