20 miles
4,355 ft
-5,106 ft
2 miles
High Point

Start your ride at the Tahoe Rim Trail trailhead at Spooner Summit. Shuttles are available from several companies in South Lake Tahoe. Bathrooms at the trailhead.

Continue south on the Tahoe Rim Trail until you hit Van Sickle, then descend Van Sickle.

There are a couple creek crossings along the trail where you can filter water and refill, but that water always depends on seasonal snowfall, so use caution.

Local Trail Association
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (www.tamba.org)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Spooner to Stateline mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -751 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,400 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,152 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,400 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Panorama From Tahoe Rim Trail Near The Bench
Panorama From Tahoe Rim Trail Near The Bench
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Aug 26, 2017
About 4.5 miles South of Spooner Trailhead on TRT. Spectacular Vista at 8,800'. Terry Vachon seen in video.
Van Sickle Follow Cam March 2015
Van Sickle Follow Cam March 2015
20:00 | 198 | comments: 0 | favs:
May 16, 2015
yeah, I said march... South Lake Tahoe Van Sickle
Van sickness (in winter)
Van sickness (in winter)
3:32 | 79 | comments: 0 | favs:
Feb 13, 2015
Took a little quick trip up to tahoe and rode what I could this was an awesome shuttle day!

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
Aug 26, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Aug 26, 2017
All clear and spectacular from Spooner to the Bench. Downed trees have been cleared.
TRT: Kingsbury Grade to the Buchanan Road Access Trai
Aug 25, 2017 @ 1:14am
Aug 25, 2017
Excellent conditions. No dust. Riding well thanks to recent rain storms
Van Sickle Trail
Jul 30, 2017 @ 8:52am
Jul 30, 2017
Trail is awesome! The steps are bit covered with sand but still rideable.
TRT: Big Meadow to Kingsbury
Jul 25, 2017 @ 10:26am
Jul 25, 2017
Few downed trees and snow patches over Freel still but otherwise good to go! reporter
Buchanan Road Access Trail
Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:54pm
Jul 19, 2017
Road closed due to construction. Construction crews may or may not allow passage.
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