Sun on your shoulders, stars in your eyes, the wind in your hair and smile on your face. If this is your summer vacation dream, then Tahoe can make it a reality. Summer is a magical time here with so many amazing outdoor activities right at your doorstep, from hiking to kayaking to golfing. One new sport that has come onto the scene in the last couple of summers is e-biking. It’s the perfect blend of adventure and scenic beauty and makes Tahoe adventuring more accessible with its motor assistance technology. It’s time to book your stay, reserve an e-bike and make your way to Tahoe for a weekend of summer fun!

Tahoe’s e-Bike Trails

Truckee River

Photo: Truckee River

From the Olympic Valley to Incline Village and everywhere in between, Tahoe has a variety of paved bike trails perfect for e-bikers of all levels. For gentle terrain and river views, a great leisurely option is the Truckee River Bike Path which winds its way from the Olympic Valley to Tahoe City. Continue on the Tahoe City Lakeside Bike Path once you get to Tahoe City to make a day of cruising and taking in the views of the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe. Stop in at one of Tahoe City’s restaurants for a takeaway lunch and then eat somewhere along the way.

Another spot that’s perfect for e-biking is Tahoe’s East Shore Trail in Incline Village. The 3-mile trail, known as “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway”, is a beautiful trail with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Grab some snacks or enjoy breakfast at the Tunnel Creek Cafe before heading out on the trail. Be sure to stop along the way to learn about the East Shore’s history, geology and flora and fauna at one of the 25 interpretive panels. You can make it a two-sport day by renting a paddleboard or kayak once you get to Sand Harbor.

For a longer adventure, check out the West Lake Tahoe Bike Path. This 10-mile cruise starts in Tahoe City and winds its way down to Meeks Bay with views and great stops along the way. For history buffs, you can stop along the way and tour the early 1900s Hellman-Erman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point Park. 

E-Bike Rentals

Photo: Visit Truckee Tahoe

For those that are looking to rent a bike for a couple hours or even for your entire stay, our area has several rental shops with friendly and knowledgeable staff to get you set up. These shops carry both comfort e-bikes for paved paths or, for the more extreme athlete, electric mountain bikes for rental or purchase. 

Some of our favorites are Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City, Northstar California which has miles of trails of its own, Vista Trail Bikes which is perfectly located if you’re riding the Tahoe East Shore Trail or stop by Tahoe Ebikes if you’re staying in Kings Beach. Remember, before you head out, make sure the trail you choose allows e-biking as some don’t. But, most importantly, have fun!