Navigating Lake Tahoe | 2 Different Routes

Due to the popularity of this emerald giant, navigating around Lake Tahoe in the summer can be a bit slower than expected. If you are up for a day of leisure and looking for incredible views of this expansive lake, beaches to chill at, and places to grab lunch, you might want to consider (2) different routes that will take you from camp to and around Lake Tahoe. We will start with our favorite, the El Dorado Loop.

With just 30-40 minutes on the 80 heading west, you’ll hop off and into twisting roads along the raging river and through the El Dorado forest all the way to Lake Tahoe (HELL YEAH!). Our favorite part of this ride is the epic views you’ll get coming out of the pass and descending into those emerald waters. Vistas galore so pull over and snap a pic.

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EL DORADO

  • 199 Miles / 4.5 hours round trip

  • Bridge crossings

  • Start early and grab breakfast in Auburn

  • Pull over & take a dip in the river

  • Goes through the El Dorado National Forest

  • One hell of a ride down into Lake Tahoe along some of the best twists and turns we've been on

  • Rider be aware: It's summer so expect some delays and road work around Lake Tahoe but the views are so killer you won't mind stopping to enjoy it.

  • Get directions by clicking HERE 

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The river you’ll be swimming in on the El Dorado Loop.

The river you’ll be swimming in on the El Dorado Loop.

LAKE TAHOE LOOP

Want to circle the giant? We got you covered! This is for those who want to take it at a leisure as this loop does get a little more traffic in the summer. The best part of this ride is there are several falls that are firing around the lake this time of year so you can pull off, hike a tiny bit, and get your splash on. With the heavy snow fall, there are many falls active so give alltrails.com a quick look to see which ones are the most epic, less of a hike, and suite your fancy.

  • 163 miles / 4.10 round trip + maybe a tad more depending on road work / summer visitors

  • Great loop to see Lake Tahoe in its entirety

  • Tons of small towns to stop in for lunch / gas / ice cream

  • Swimming is accessible especially if on bike (more parking for you!)

  • Speed limit is low with tons of sweeping turns, you'll really be able to take it all in

  • Rider be aware: It's summer so expect some delays and road work around Lake Tahoe but the views are so killer you won't mind stopping to enjoy it.

  • Get directions by clicking HERE

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An Epic Day of Riding Motorcycles and Having Fun Awaits | Sierra Stake Out Day Routes

Our buds at Biltwell are no strangers to riding the Sierras and they've helped us make some route maps of the various rides they find to be the most scenic. We will have maps for each route at the merch booth. They are FREE so grab a few and enjoy these scenic routes. Need gas before you head out? No problem, our exit for camp has a gas station. For those of you who like to see and plan, click the maps below to access the pertinent particulars aka a step by step google maps and enjoy! 

BUCKS LAKE

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  • 215 Miles / 4.38 hours round trip
  • Recommend to stop at the Lakeshore Resort for some fish tacos and a cold one on their back deck that overlooks the lake. 
  • Tons of places to pull over and take a dip
  • Get directions by clicking HERE
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EL DORADO

  • 199 Miles / 4.5 hours round trip 
  • Bridge crossings 
  • Start early and grab breakfast in Auburn 
  • Pull over & take a dip in the river
  • Goes through the El Dorado National Forest 
  • One hell of a ride down into Lake Tahoe along some of the best twists and turns we've been on
  • Rider be aware: It's summer so expect some delays and road work around Lake Tahoe but the views are so killer you won't mind stopping to enjoy it. 
  • Get directions by clicking HERE
Park and dip! You can easily find your own private place to take a dip along this route. 

Park and dip! You can easily find your own private place to take a dip along this route. 

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LAKE TAHOE LOOP

  • 163 miles / 4.10 round trip + maybe a tad more depending on road work / summer visitors 
  • Great loop to see Lake Tahoe in its entirety
  • Tons of small towns to stop in for lunch / gas / ice cream 
  • Swimming is accessible especially if on bike (more parking for you!)
  • Speed limit is low with tons of sweeping turns, you'll really be able to take it all in
  • Rider be aware: It's summer so expect some delays and road work around Lake Tahoe but the views are so killer you won't mind stopping to enjoy it. 
  • Get directions by clicking
Yep, the water is really that blue 

Yep, the water is really that blue 

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SIERRA CITY

  • 154 miles / 3.5  hours round trip
  • Hungover? Do this one! Mellow rip that makes you feel like you got out there and did something for the day + epic views and one hell of a bridge crossing. 
  • Make sure to stop in Sierra City or Downieville for some lunch and a dip! These spots have everything and are the essential "small town" places that make the area so uniqe. 
  • If you really want to get your freedom on, click HERE for the ride  back that goes up through Donner Pass. The bridge is N U T S and it's a motorcyclists idea of heaven. 
  • If you rather hit the freeway and save 15 min, click  HERE, but please note you are BLOWING IT if so!
The fun way only adds 15 min extra to your ride and you get one HELL of a view of Donner Lake with switch backs galore ENJOY!

The fun way only adds 15 min extra to your ride and you get one HELL of a view of Donner Lake with switch backs galore ENJOY!

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None of these suit your fancy? You are on  your own :) There are thousands of watering holes, cool towns, river access spots etc. Simply give the area a google and plan your own adventure. For those of you who party too hard and feel like human trash on Sat, we have river access at camp that you can easily access. Everyone is more than welcome to chill on site during the day but you'll be on your own for lunch as the site turns into a ghost town while everyone is out enjoying the routes. 

An overview from last year. Ignore the date, we simply wanted to show you what each route looks like from camp. 

An overview from last year. Ignore the date, we simply wanted to show you what each route looks like from camp.