3.3 miles
Distance
278 ft
Climb
-1,687 ft
Descent
00:30:11
Avg time
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Van Sickle Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Van Sickle
    Nevada
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #11672 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #8792 in Trail Running
    • #5415 in Hiking

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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Van Sickle Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,409 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,385 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,794 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,794 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,385 ft
  • Grade
    -8.152%
  • Grade max
    -43.057%
  • Grade min
    30.878%
  • Distance climb
    2,876 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    678 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:12:38
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Status:
on Aug 5, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (19 votes)

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      Van Sickle Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 5, 2021 @ 11:41am
      Aug 5, 2021
      Dry especially towards the bottom.
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 2:07pm
      Jun 18, 2021
      Dry and lower section is dusty and loose.
      May 12, 2021 @ 4:10pm
      May 12, 2021
      A few downed trees
      May 8, 2021 @ 2:08pm
      May 8, 2021
      A couple of small, mostly rideable snow drifts and a few downed trees. Otherwise it’s great!
      Nov 7, 2020 @ 1:19pm
      Nov 7, 2020
      Some snow/mud but very fun
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 153 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 715 rides
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      Aug 8, 2021 @ 1:23pm
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      Aug 1, 2019 @ 4:18pm
      Aug 1, 2019
      226 |
      Aug 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm
      Aug 1, 2019
      214 |
      Dec 14, 2017 @ 7:46pm
      Dec 14, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      TRT Spooner to Van Sickle
      20 miles
      Spooner to Stateline
      20 miles
      Saddle TRT loop
      18 miles
      South Lake Tahoe lower tour
      27 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      bufkinrw87 (Aug 25, 2017 at 19:51)
       We rode from the top down, 4 different abilities, alot more technical than the color of the trails difficulty denotes. More on the easier difficult side, excellent trail and ride none the less.
      If you ride a trail bike or enduro, you will tear it up.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Hellod (Nov 20, 2017 at 8:25)
       Road from top thru Heavenly ski area and got shut down down due to,to much snow under the North bowl chair line.I continued down snow packed Edgewood bowl to Boulder court. See you next year.
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      • + 1
      mtbingadventures (Jul 8, 2019 at 12:56)
       If you ride this trail down on the weekend. It gets really crowded from hikers so be aware and respectful. I recommend doing this on a weekday to get the most out of the downhill. Scenery is awesome and the climb is a great challenge.
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      Videos

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      Van Sickle Follow Cam March 2015
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