311.4 miles
41,183 ft
-41,216 ft
2 miles
High Point

This bikepacking route starts off fairly mild, and continually becomes more challenging as you go. fast pace riders can expect roughly 5 days to complete. resupply food and water every chance you get

Detailed Description
Nevada City, around Lake Tahoe, and back. the hard way is a 311 mile popular expert route located near Sierra Nevada California. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 58 trails. This route climbs 41,183 ft with a max elevation of 9,707 ft then descends -41,216 ft.
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Trails in Route

Sawtooth Road (Lower)11 miles
Sawtooth Trail (Lower Ridgeline)2 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Mount Watson South)1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Mount Watson North)3,566 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Watson Lake Trail)1,713 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Sawmill Flat)3,681 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fiberboard Rockgarden)1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fiberboard East)2 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Brockway)2 miles
KB Trail (Upper)4,327 ft
KB Trail (Lower)2 miles
Powerline Connector705 ft
Red Cedar/Powerline Connector1,860 ft
Powerline Scar to 1st Creek Connector1 mile
Incline Flume Trail6 miles
Flume Trail4 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Spooner to Kingsbury)14 miles
Dagget Access856 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (High Meadows)4 miles
Armstrong Pass Trail4 miles
Armstrong Connector Trail2 miles
Corral Trailhead180 ft
Corral Trail (Lower)1 mile
Pioneer Trail Connector3,494 ft
Al Tahoe Bike Path1 mile
Sugar Pine Bike Path1 mile
West Shore Trail: Tahoma1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fire and Ice)4,396 ft
OTB (Over The Bars)2 miles
Big Chief Trail (Lower)5 miles
Sawtooth Trail (Lower Ridgeline)2 miles
DLRT: Powerline404 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Donner Crest)1,634 ft
Bucknam/Armstrong Connector1,096 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Skislope)2 miles
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Teton)5,161 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Glacier)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Drifter Hut Switchbacks)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Wendin/Drifter Connector)919 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail/West Gatson Road338 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Johnson Canyon)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail/Summit Lake Road1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail/Summit Lake Trail2,251 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Castle Valley)1 mile
DLRT/Castle Valley East OHV Trail2,585 ft
Fordyce Jeep Trail (Staging to Eagle Lakes)2 miles
Eagle Lakes OHV Trail2,369 ft
Spaulding Lake Trail4 miles
Pioneer Trail--Lang's Crossing to Spaulding Lake Tr.2 miles
Pioneer Trail--Bear Valley Vista to Bowman Lake Rd.4 miles
Pioneer Trail--Burlington Ridge Rd to Lowell Hill Rd7 miles
Shortcut To Market1,617 ft
Miner's Trail2 miles


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bikepacking
  • Bike type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
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