3.3 miles
Distance
236 ft
Climb
-1,581 ft
Descent
00:28:10
Avg time
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Van Sickle Trail Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #6322

This trail connects the casino core of South Lake Tahoe/Stateline to the Rim Trail and is one of the latest additions to the South Shore trail system. Beginning at the top of the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, the trail goes through a Sugar Pine forest, then through an area denuded by the 2002 Gondola Fire, past a delightful waterfall/cascade, then through willows and mature pine forests to the TRT at an elevation of 7,777 ft. The trail is built to be ridden both up and down incorporating rest areas and overlooks along the way. It’s a great ride providing some of the best lake views.

An important note about this trail is its sensitivity to bike traffic. As the only trail near the epicenter of South Lake hotel accommodations, many tourists challenge themselves to hike the trail. As they enjoy the views, wildlife, and altitude, they are often not aware of incoming mountain bikes. Compound that with the difficulty in finding a safe place to get off the trail results in challenges passing hikers. These issues are most prevalent on the lower half of the trail. Be overtly courteous when passing hikers.

Access Info

The lower trailhead departs from the end of the paved road in Van Sickle Bi-State Park. The Van Sickle Trail can also be accessed from a spur that departs north from the very top of Saddle Rd (Adams Way).

The upper trailhead is on the TRT and is 3.5 miles south of the TRT/SR-207 (Kingsbury Grade) intersection or by accessing the TRT 1 mile south near the Stagecoach ski lift in Heavenly Village.

Disclaimer

Be sensitive to numerous hikers that frequent this trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Van Sickle Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,345 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.2 miles
  • Grade
    -7.792%
  • Grade max
    -127.213%
  • Grade min
    180.201%
  • Distance climb
    2,263 ft
  • Distance down
    2.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,901 ft
  • Avg time
    00:28:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:37:48
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Status:
on May 24, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.75 (4 votes)

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Van Sickle Trail Trail Reports

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May 24, 2017 @ 11:05am
7 hours
reporter Clear as an out and back for about 2 miles. Snow past the bridge and waterfall. Barn Trail and Keller Connector are open.
Mar 22, 2017 @ 9:07am
Mar 22, 2017
reporter Covered in snow
Mar 15, 2017 @ 12:24pm
Mar 15, 2017
reporter
Mar 15, 2017 @ 10:33am
Mar 15, 2017
reporter Covered in snow
Nov 18, 2016 @ 3:59pm
Nov 18, 2016
Just a little tacky from the rain/ snow the other day
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May 12, 2017 @ 6:55am
May 12, 2017
Van Sickle Trail, Gardnerville
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Mar 16, 2017 @ 9:54am
Mar 16, 2017
Van Sickle Trail, South Lake Tahoe
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Mar 16, 2017 @ 9:54am
Mar 16, 2017
Van Sickle Trail, South Lake Tahoe
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Mar 16, 2017 @ 9:54am
Mar 16, 2017
Van Sickle Trail, South Lake Tahoe

Routes with this trail

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Spooner to Stateline
20.1 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag DrHog (Jun 30, 2015 at 8:27)
 This is a good way to climb up into the TRT system around Heavenly. Grade is gradual enough to keep climbing, and there are a few rocky sections to keep it interesting.
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Van Sickle Follow Cam March 2015
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