Bicycling—and more recently mountain biking—is a popular pastime for those who enjoy being outdoors and staying in shape. With Nevada’s mountains, lakes, and truly stunning views, there is no doubt why bicycling has taken off in the state. Here are some of the most beautiful and fun bike trails in all of Nevada.
1. Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City
Dubbed an epic ride by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Bootleg Canyon has more than 35 singletrack miles of both relaxing and technical courses for the cycling novice and pro. This trail is consistently atop all "Best of Mountain Bike Trails" in Nevada.
2. Badger Pass, Blue Diamond
Located on the north side of Hwy 160 near Blue Diamond, Badger Pass Loop offers cycling enthusiasts a singletrack route with a slow and steady climb that culminates in a series of fun and technical downhills.
3. Flume Trail, Incline Village
Flume Trail offers a relatively easy, singletrack bike trail with a few technical areas; however, perhaps the best aspect of this trail are the gorgeous views overlooking Spooner Lake.
4. Tahoe Rim Trail, Lake Tahoe
Bicycle enthusiasts say that if you're only going to do one ride in Tahoe, this is it. The entire bike trail is 168 miles long; however, certain stretches of areas are off-limits to bikers. There are several areas which are quite technical.
5. Clear Creek Canyon, Carson City
Starting at around 5,000 feet, the singletrack trails are quite easy with few technical areas, plenty of pine trees, and lots of shade.
6. Carson City to Virginia City Trail
For an intense outing, this 39-mile round trip bike trail offers a rather steep climb from the state's capital to the old, haunted mining town - and back.
7. Bristlecone Loop Trail, Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas
While a relatively short mountain biking trail, Bristlecone Loop is known for its breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air.
8. Railroad Tunnel Trail, Boulder City
A fun track for both the views and the history. This trail takes cyclists through five 300'-long, 25'-wide railroad tunnels that were created for the construction of Hoover Dam in 1931. This easy ride with gorgeous views of Lake Mead ends at Hoover Dam.
9. Tyrolean Downhill, Incline Village
This singletrack trail has a few doubletrack areas with some quick bermed turns, a few rock gardens, some drops, additional berms, fun jumps and lots of other features that will take riders on a truly fun adventure.
10. Reno Truckee River Ride, Reno
This "out and back" fairly flat ride along the Truckee River is a great ride for the beginner and offers lovely views of the Truckee River and surrounding area.
11. Cave Lake Trails, Ely
This single, flowing track provides cyclists with a great ride in the mountains of the Great Basin. There are different loops to ride, and trails are full of scenic mountain and forest views.
12. Dry Pond Loop, Reno
This scenic route offers stunning views of the creek, bridges, and forests. It's a particularly beautiful course in autumn when the leaves are changing.
Cycling is not only a great form of exercise but can also be meditative and spiritually relaxing. These trails with their stunning views, fresh air, and varying degrees of difficulty can appease all bikers: from the novice to the truly advanced. How many of these gorgeous bike trails have you ridden? Have I left your favorite bike trail off the list? Please comment below.
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