Since winter was stingy with snow, the trails are mostly clear at the moment. That can change pretty quickly though.
NOAA predicts that a series of storms coming through this week will drop snow down to around 4,500 feet. That will put snow on all the trails listed below. How much snow is the question, along with how long it will stick around.
Here are the trails that TAMBA lists:
- Powerlines: Clear
- Lower Cold Creek: Clear with some ice patches past the Powerlines bridge
- Railroad Grade: Clear with some ice patches and puddles
- Corral: Clear with some ice patches, gates are still locked at Oneidas
- Sidewinder: Clear with some ice patches
- Cedar: Clear with some ice patches
- Tahoe Mountain (new trails): Clear
North Shore/ Truckee:
- Tahoe Donner: Some trails are clear
- Sawtooth Ridge: Clear with some ice patches
- Lloyds / Prosser Dam: Clear
- Emigrant: Clear"
Keep in mind that conditions can change rapidly. Know what the weather prediction is before you head out. Ride with someone. If NOAA is correct, and they have already issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area, there could be a foot or more of new snow will coating the area, more as you gain elevation.
If Lake Tahoe is one of your favorite places to ride your mountain bike, consider joining TAMBA. This is the group that advocates for trail access, helps maintain the trails, and works with the US Forest Service on implementing new trails. They are a friendly and very knowledgeable group of riders.