In stunning Lake Tahoe, there’s no better way to explore this natural wonder than on two wheels with one of the best Lake Tahoe bike rentals.
With trails that wind through pine forests, along scenic swimming beaches, and up mountain peaks, biking is a great way to immerse yourself in the beauty of this magical place. We have visited Lake Tahoe at least annually for decades and renting bikes is one of our very favorite way to explore the lake with our family.
Some bike rentals in Lake Tahoe are available year round, while others are only offered May – October when snow is clear from the bike paths. Summer is perfect for biking up a sweat before taking a chilly swim. Fall in Lake Tahoe is a beautiful time of year for exploring the various bike paths surrounded by colorful aspen trees.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just looking for a leisurely ride with family and friends, Lake Tahoe has something for everyone. Let’s dive into all the information you need to know about renting bikes in Lake Tahoe!
Best Bike Rentals in Tahoe
If you’re looking for a scenic and adventurous way to explore Lake Tahoe, biking might be just what you need. The area offers many trails that are perfect for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, from easy rides around the lake to more challenging mountain bike routes through the Sierra Nevada mountains.
One popular option is the 72-mile paved bike path that circumnavigates the lake. This path takes you through picturesque towns like Incline Village, Tahoe City, and South Lake Tahoe, offering stunning views of crystal-clear water and snow-capped peaks along the way. It’s a great ride if you want to take your time and soak up all the beauty that this region has to offer.
For those who prefer off-road adventures, there are many mountain biking trails in the area as well. Some favorites include the Flume Trail, which winds its way along a ridgeline high above Lake Tahoe with breathtaking views; and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, an adrenaline-pumping downhill trail that features technical terrain and steep drops.
Depending where you would like to explore on with your bike rental, there are great options sprinkled around the lake. We prefer to rent where we want to ride in order to avoid the inconvenience of having to transport our bikes to the trailhead.
We’ve outlined some of the best biking paths near each rental location to help you make your best choice. So grab your bike, put on your helmet, and get ready to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe like never before!
North Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals
Choosing to rent bikes on Tahoe’s North Shore means that you will have the amazing opportunity to ride along my favorite path in all of Lake Tahoe! If you’re looking for a picturesque cycling route with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, the East Shore Bike Path is an absolute must-visit.
Stretching over 3 miles along the eastern shoreline of Lake Tahoe, this paved path offers breathtaking scenery and refreshing breezes off the lake. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, this trail is perfect for all skill levels. And with plenty of picnic areas and beaches to stop at along the way, it’s an excellent choice for a morning activity or full day adventure.
Along with a rental bike, helmet, and bike lock, you will also be provided with a map with this Full Day North Shore Bike Rental to help you navigate along the paths to land on popular beaches and hidden gems. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is the pickup and drop off point for all bicycles. From this point, head north toward Billionaire’s Row and Kings Beach or south toward Sand Harbor, Hidden Beach, and the Tunnel Café along the East Shore Bike Path.
Full day rentals cover up to 12 hours of biking! So you can explore every hidden cove, swimming area, and then watch the sunset before returning your bike rental in Lake Tahoe.
Electric Bike Rentals in Lake Tahoe
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are bicycles with an electric motor that provides assistance when pedaling. They’re a great way to see the sights without getting too tired or breaking a sweat. E-bikes also make it easy to explore areas that might be challenging on foot due to steep hills or long distances.
Once you have your rental bike, there are plenty of fun routes to explore around Lake Tahoe. For a scenic ride along the lakefront, the paved path between Incline Village and Sand Harbor State Park can’t be beat.
This full day electric bike rental allows renters to keep the rental bikes for up to 9 hours. This allows plenty of time to ride to and from Incline Village to the beautiful Sand Harbor. Sand Harbor fills up by 7am on summer weekend days, but bicyclists can enter from the bike path for only $2 without needing a parking spot! The full day rental option also allows travelers to detour from the bike path, lock up their bikes and take a quick hike to Monkey Rock.
The mountainous terrain in Lake Tahoe will leave riders thankful for the electric bike assist as they tackle the inclined path. The full day rental option will also allow enough time for experiences riders to tackle the full circumference of the lake.
This half day rental option allows renters to follow the same gorgeous East Shore path, but the rental is for 4 hours instead of 9 hours.
South Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals
This Bike Rental in South Lake Tahoe has a convenient pickup spot at Zephyr Point allowing travelers to explore the beautiful and active south shore of the lake. Many trails are accessible within a 1/4 mile of the rental shop, with options for all experience levels. Maps will be provided outlining the perfect path for your group with your South Lake Tahoe bike rental. Visitors can rent for one hour or for a full day.
One popular route in South Lake Tahoe is the Bijou Bike Park, which offers a mix of dirt jumps, pump tracks, and flow lines. It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies who love catching air and navigating technical terrain. Another must-see is the Fallen Leaf Lake Trail. This peaceful path takes you through towering pine trees and past serene lakeside vistas. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature.
LAKE TAHOE BIKE RENTAL GUIDE + FAQs
Can you bike around Lake Tahoe?
Experienced riders can ride all the way around Lake Tahoe for 72 wonderful miles. The lake is lined with interconnecting paths allowing bicyclists to see all of Lake Tahoe from two wheels.
How long does it take to bike around Lake Tahoe?
Most bicyclists will take the better part of a day to bike all the way around Lake Tahoe. Expert riders can probably finish the route in closer to 6 hours.