Van Sickle Trail Details
Riding areaSouth Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California
Bike typeAM, XC
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
TTFs on trailRock Garden
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.
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.
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 min6,449 ft
Altitude max7,794 ft
Altitude start7,794 ft
Altitude end6,449 ft
Distance climb2,263 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat1,901 ft
Avg reverse time00:33:06
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Van Sickle Trail Trail Reports
Dec 14, 2017 @ 9:53pmDec 14, 2017
|Snowy and ice at times special close to Creek crossings. Tree down as well|
Nov 26, 2017 @ 12:13pmNov 26, 2017
|Fallen tree about 1/2 way down from top.|
Jul 30, 2017 @ 8:52amJul 30, 2017
|Trail is awesome! The steps are bit covered with sand but still rideable.|
Jul 3, 2017 @ 2:52pmJul 3, 2017
Jun 26, 2017 @ 6:50amJun 26, 2017
Routes with this trail
|Spooner to Stateline||20 miles|