The Lake Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a mostly paved bike and pedestrian path that follows the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. As of January 2012, the path is nearly complete thanks to the Nevada Land Conservancy and individual donors. When complete 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 Sign — Photo courtesy of RenoTahoe
The Truckee River runs year round from the mountains of Lake Tahoe to the desert lake of Pyramid Lake, which is located on the land of the Pyramid Lake tribal reservation. The portions that are complete are the Tahoe City to Truckee portion which is a level paved trail, separated from cars, to Squaw Valley, which then becomes a bike lane on Highway 89 north to Truckee. The Town of Truckee has designated bike routes throughout the town; the Verdi to Sparks portion that is a level paved route, which is mostly bike lanes on roadways from Verdi to downtown Reno, then becomes a separated bike trail east to Vista Blvd in Sparks; the Waltham to Tracy portion is a level compacted 2-mile dirt path along the Truckee River, with a 17-mile road loop option; and the Pyramid Lake portion from Fernley to the lake is 24 miles of mostly dirt roads and trail, with some hilly sections and some sandy soil in places.
Bikeway Through Reno — Photo courtesy of RenoTahoe
The Bikeway was started in 2003 and in the first part of 2012 will see the design and building of the route from Verdi (East of Reno) to Farad on the way to Truckee, California which will be the first connection between Nevada and California.