Biking the Truckee River

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By christinanellemann on September 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

The Tahoe-Pyramid bike path that parallels the Truckee River runs from Verdi, just West of Reno, to the city of Sparks. However, with donations and guidance from the Nevada Land Conservancy this bikeway is slowly starting to connect Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. The bike path is a mix of urban and rural, river and city streets, beautiful neighborhoods and industrial areas. The majority of the trail runs right by the river with access to the water at nearly every turn.

One beautiful Saturday, my husband and I biked the portion of the trail from downtown Reno to Vista Blvd. in Sparks. Along the way we saw people tubing the river rapids, kids flying by on rope swings, dogs playing in the parks, families enjoying picnics – even some medieval knights having a duel during a Renaissance gathering. We biked passed the Reno Whitewater Park, the Siena, the National Automobile Museum and at least a dozen parks.


You can stop at various businesses in downtown Reno for lunch, beer or ice cream and several parks have water fountains to fill up your water bottle. The bike path is relatively flat and good for all riding levels. There are some tree roots to contend with and portions of the path are being worked on, so keep an eye out for construction and detour signs. To ride from Verdi to Sparks, start at the parking lot at Mayberry Park and keep following the bike trail signs all the way to Vista Blvd in East Sparks. Several portions of the trail will be on neighborhood roads and through the downtown Reno corridor. Maps are located at the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway website.

When it’s finished, the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway will span 116 miles and descend over 2,000 feet from the Tahoe Basin, through Truckee and on to Pyramid Lake, connecting existing roads and trails along the way. While work is progressing smoothly in Nevada, climbing California’s challenging Truckee River Canyon has proven a greater challenge for trail advocates. Volunteers and donors are needed and more information can be found here.

Photo by [Mr. Marmot]

Video by Christina Nellemann

Tags: active, bike, biking, fall, path, summer

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