Labor Day Weekend Amtrak to Truckee & Ride Around Lake Tahoe~CC or Camping Trip

It's called "America's Most Beautiful Ride" for a reason!

72 miles, 3800 feet climb, 6500 feet altitude

Cross-posted with NorCal Bicycle Camping and Touring and Berkeley Bicycle Meetup

I'm choosing Labor Day Weekend so people don't have to take off from work.  This is the best weekend for accommodation selection and availability at the moment.

The beautiful Zephyr train to Truckee does NOT allow bikes AT ALL, boxed or not, but there are enough drivers who are willing to bring up the bikes and camping gear.

I'm hoping for a few people to join me for a one-way train trip, currently 43.00, 38.70 with AAA discount, and a ride back with the drivers on Monday.

If we don't have at least 2 "trainsters" or enough drivers, we will all carpool.

Sat: 9 AM Emeryville Zephyr to Truckee, currently 43.00.  Arrive 2:30 PM   Meet the drivers and drive to Tahoe City motel or campsite.  There are 2 campsites in Tahoe City, subject to availability.

Hike Eagle Creek Falls @ 2.5 miles RT to the lake.

Dinner together Tahoe City at Hacienda del Lago, Lakefront Mexican.

Sun: Ride 72 miles around Lake Tahoe.  Dinner together in Tahoe City or camp BBQ (there's a Safeway in Tahoe City)

Mon: Breakfast on your own.  Optional pre-departure ride along Truckee River.  Trainsters and all carpool back home.

Lodging options:

2 day minimum!  Please book your own room or coordinate with someone to share an accommodation. [masked] per person, double occupancy, includes tax)  I know this adorable inn and have reserved two Double Bed rooms and one King.  There are more Kings and Queens available.  1 week cancellation policy.  I have reserved a two bed, two person room for myself, but you can change over the other rooms to your credit card, under Dalton.

Closest camping options:

William Kent Campground (530)[masked]  (2 miles away)

Tahoe State Recreation Area (530)[masked]  (in town)

It's important to note that this ride is at 6500 ft. but we'll have a day to acclimate.

Hydration and electrolyte replacement are very important!  Helmets and spare tube required.  You must have power bars, snacks, a bottle of water and a bottle of electrolytes at all times. We'll make plenty of stops as needed.

Please put in the comment section your preference for train or carpool and how many bikes/people you can take.  We will consolidate the cars once we know how many we have.



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  • Lincoln

    This event has been canceled. It was also posted on several other cycling meetups.

    August 30, 2013

  • patch p.

    Hi! I'm strongly considering making a last minute plan to attend. I would be driving up with my girlfriend and getting a room at Mother Nature's Inn (if open...) Bringing both our bikes, maybe dogs- but she's a very casual rider, and won't do the 72 mile ride, only a saturday hike (perhaps some light Monday riding too.)

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not sure what the status of this ride is. The member that posted it has left the group but didn't delete this ride.

      August 30, 2013

    • patch p.

      No worries. It was too last minute for me to arrange. Doing another ride instead.

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    From Dan M.
    Greetings all - just booked the 2 nights at William Kent campground (site near but not next to bathroom). Total price is $54 for up to 6 people/2 cars. As I'm taking the train up, that means i can support 5 people/2 cars more on this reservation. If interested, respond to this comment.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi cyclists~As I mentioned to Cristina from Berkeley Bicycle, everyone should book their own accommodations and talk to each other about sharing campsites or double bed hotel rooms if you're on a budget. I would act sooner than later as it is Labor Day weekend.

    Check with people

    We have plenty of drivers, and so far two train travelers...hope more will come on the train one-way! Beautiful ride.

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just bought my Amtrak ticket, 38.70 with AAA discount! I think we'll have enough car/bike transport (I have room for one more bike.) You never know when the rates will go up, but they will!

    June 18, 2013

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