The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a vision of following the Truckee River by foot or by bicycle from its source at forested Lake Tahoe to its desert terminus, Pyramid Lake. The route will descend over 2000 feet in 116 miles, using a combination of existing dirt and paved roads, plus some sections of new trail and bridges.

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway Map
tahoe pyramid bikeway map



On June 16, the Bikeway had the great fortune to receive an endowment pledge from Ernest E. Tschannen of Orangevale, CA for $1,550,000 from his estate!  Ernest is a generous Swiss outdoorsman, who wants to see the Bikeway preserved for future generations. In recognition, you will soon see his name on new Bikeway trail signs.

The significance of his gift is huge, because the Bikeway cannot continue forever without permanent funding, which grants rarely provide.   Ernest’s pledge provides a substantial start to an endowment fund to sustain the Bikeway.


See current site specific conditions on the "Use the Trail" page for the section you are going to visit, as there are often temporary closures or repairs that may affect your ride.


  • The missing 2-mile trail from Farad to Fleish is 90% complete, but not quite connected on the upstream end. Look for a 2016 opening!

  • The section of Bikeway continuing upriver beyond Fleish Bridge is completed and open. You can reach the finished section by taking I-80 from Verdi upriver to Farad, then turning around and driving east 2.8 miles to a large parking area. From there it is a gentle 3 mile walk or ride upstream on the new trail.
  • Please do not enter the construction zone downstream of Farad, as it will slow down our contractor in completing the trail connection!


    Learn more about the trail! View our new video


    WOW—WHAT A SEASON FOR GRASS ON THE TRAIL!  Luckily 28 people came to our 1st Annual Trail Work Day, along with 5 power weed whackers to knock the cheatgrass down.  Afterward we had a picnic at Crystal Peak Park.  Many thanks to Lorin A'Costa, Roger & Debbie Baldwin, Dick Benoit, Scott Berelson, Brian Block, Randy Collins, Craig Demetras, Barbara, Bonnie Eschenbauch, Eric Gerkin, Rick Goebel, Chuck & Debbie Grooms, Sam Limerick, Clyde & Ruth Murray, Mike & Janet Phillips, Joan Pokroy, Kirk Sachtler, Matthew Salazar, Mike Traynor, Clif Usher, Duke & Marion Vermazen, and Bill Von Phul.

    If you own a weed whacker and have the skill to operate it, you can go out at your own convenience and trim weeds. Just check in with Bill von Phul about locations needing work (

    Click here to download your personal log for completing the entire Bikeway with our new "Tour the Truckee" challenge


    Trail Supporters

    Each year, we have over 100 donors who give $100 each or more. The money raised by the Century Circle giving campaign is used for trail planning and design, as well as modest administrative costs. If you want to join the donor list, click here.

    Thanks to all who donated in 2015!

    If you would like to know about how to create a challenge grant (you match donations from smaller donors) or a bequest, please call us at 775-825-9868.

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