Reno to Lake Tahoe Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
4 in Nevada Nevada119 Miles
By Ridge Rider
on September 1, 2007
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Start in Reno NV take US hwy 395 N into California. Take a left on to CA 70 and head west. Take a left on to CA 49 and head south. When CA 49 runs into CA 89, take a left and take CA 89 down to Truckee CA, great place for lunch. From Truckee, get on CA 267 heading south down to the King's Beach area on the N shore of Lake Tahoe. Suggest you stop and take in some Tahoe sites. Now from King's Beach, take CA 28 east (through Crystal Bay, Nevada) and then switch to NV 431 (take a left on to 431 heading northeast) and return on down the mountain. NV 431 takes you to US hwy 395 where you can take it north and back into Reno.
From peaceful cattle grazing meadows, with no traffic in sight to steep twisty Cliffside roads climbing up to Lake Tahoe. Postcard vistas abound, if you dare look. Fortunately there are many turn offs to allow for breath catching and photo shooting. The most glorious views of mountains and valleys, and of course Lake Tahoe, which for this prairie boy was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen on two wheels. The route travels through two national forests: Tahoe National Forest and Yoiyabe National Forest.
The roads are great. Newly paved 2 lane with turn out lanes. Very twisty and almost all blind. Sheer cliffs on one side and rock face on the other. Hairpin turns with locals driving up and down the mountain way too fast. The grade changes dramatically and you can feel it in your ears, make sure your brakes are good before you try it.
This route starts out peacefully and tranquilly and gets more challenging as you go up and down the Mountain. This is not a beginners route. The grade is steep and the turns come at you quickly. Missing a turn long or short can result in falling off an 8000 ft cliff or meeting head on with a pick up or semi, going way too fast. Make sure your bike is up to the task. My road glide handled it well. I was getting buzzed by Beemers and sport bikes.
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