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Fallen Leaf Lake area Trails???

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My GF and I will be camping at Fallen Leaf Lake starting July 8th for 4 nights.
Neither of us have MTB this area and would like some advice on trails in the area.

My GF is a decent beginner who is conservative,anyhow were looking for trails in the 5-10 mile range that are more XC type.

I wanted to hit the Flume trail but not sure about the climbing?

Thanks for all the input.
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as I recall, fallen leaf area is "no bikes" but there are a few good GF rides around the lake. Flume is easy, & you can try the Flume Shuttle for a one way from Tahoe Meadows. Or just do the shorter "Flume Loop" -easy enough & pretty. There's also the emigrant trail -NE of Truckee. Most of the Tahoe Rim trail is mellow. Non-technical riders can walk the hard sections, which are usually fairly short. Altitude is the kicker for flatlanders. Enjoy!
Across the road from the campground

There's a trailhead of sorts. Short, mellow, rolling singletracks and fireroads head out to Camp Richardson and South Lake Tahoe High School. All bike legal. Can be sandy in places...especially the horse trails that are best avoided in my opinion

This area was burned pretty bad and these trails will take you through lots of charred timber...kind of spooky.

Obviously, Flume, Toads, TRT, Etc, are all in the area...check out the Corral trail and Connector trail above that off of Pioneer Drive for some jumps and a few built features The bike/ski shop at the "Y" shopping center has maps.

Hope that helps.
There's lots of unmapped trails around the lake and across the road to explore, just the stuff in the wilderness is illegal.

A ride up to Angora lakes is always fun, mostly pavement except for the last mile but a beautiful location.

If your going to hike in the wilderness, you can ride up the road past the fire station to the Glen Alpine trailhead, continue past the parking area to Glen Alpine a couple miles further up. Nice Waterfalls along the way, then you can stash your bikes in the trees at Glenn Alpine and cable lock them to a tree and hike into the wilderness. You'll be glad you don't have to hike the last couple miles back out as you roll back to the trail head.
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