Van Sickle Trail Details
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-1,409 ft
Altitude min6,385 ft
Altitude max7,794 ft
Altitude start7,794 ft
Altitude end6,385 ft
Distance climb2,876 ft
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat678 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
Sep 4, 2018 @ 9:49amSep 4, 2018
|Sandy/Dusty. Very isolated, only one other rider and 4 friendly hikers.|
Aug 10, 2018 @ 8:35pmAug 10, 2018
|Like riding on a beach. Only worth riding downhill|
Jul 16, 2018 @ 9:37amJul 16, 2018
Jul 13, 2018 @ 3:57pmJul 13, 2018
Jun 19, 2018 @ 6:59pmJun 19, 2018
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Routes with this trail
|Spooner to Stateline||20 miles|
- trt: edgewood 3 ft
- trt: granite crest vista spur 1,473 ft
- buchanan road access trail 1 miles
- trt: kingsbury grade to the buchanan road access trai 2 miles
- dagget access 2 miles