3 miles
Distance
278 ft
Climb
-1,687 ft
Descent
00:29:25
Avg time
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Van Sickle Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Van Sickle
    Stateline, Nevada
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • 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
    #16586 in Mountain Biking

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 bike 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
    00:29:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:33:06
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Status:
on Aug 2, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.2 (14 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
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      Van Sickle Trail Trail Reports

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      Aug 2, 2019 @ 8:13am
      Aug 2, 2019
      reporter
      Jun 16, 2019 @ 8:43pm
      Jun 16, 2019
      Clear. Riding well.
      Jun 5, 2019 @ 6:00pm
      Jun 5, 2019
      Couple of snow patches.
      Jun 1, 2019 @ 2:38pm
      Jun 1, 2019
      Top few hundred vertical have snow patches on them but otherwise shred worthy. Just watch out for hikers
      Sep 4, 2018 @ 9:49am
      Sep 4, 2018
      Sandy/Dusty. Very isolated, only one other rider and 4 friendly hikers.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 102 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      • 418 rides
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      Aug 1, 2019 @ 4:18pm
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      Jul 31, 2018 @ 4:29pm
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      Dec 14, 2017 @ 7:46pm
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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

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