Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury to Van Sickle

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4.67 out of 5
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12.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 1,500 ft

Shuttle
1:56
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
Awesome singletrack. You will have a grin from ear to ear during and after. Take the old TRT trail form Kingsbury shuttle to the 7777 marker. Here you hit the Van Sickle Trailhead. Enjoy some of the best singletrack in California.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gnarly


September 5, 2018
FredCook Gnarly  
 
Review: Van Sickle is an intermediate all down hill trail, dropping 1,687 feet in 3 miles. It has a nice speedy average grade (around 11%), and you won't need to mash your brakes the whole way down, but you will use them. Common for this South Lake Tahoe area, you'll encounter many fixed rocks/boulders, and common packed decomposed granite surface. The primary technical challenges are negotiating those fixed rocks and some sand. Sand is prevalent when it's been dry for a while, and washouts can take place, especially in a few switchbacks. There are a couple of short technical grades as steep as 20%, and a few drops that will encourage dropping your seat, or at least sliding off the back. The chance of pedal sticks are pretty good, and chain ring contact is possible. Lesser experienced riders will have fun negotiating lines, and advanced riders will have a blast hammering over the TTF's at speed along whatever line they manage to pick. Van Sickle is NOT a flow trail, so don't expect any berms or jumps other than some hops off of larger rocks if you pick those lines. It is a multi-use, two way trail, although it's very unlikely you'll encounter a bike rider going up. It is a popular hiking trail due to it's trail-head being in close proximity to the casino hotel end of town, so watch for, and yield to, hikers. Scenery and views are great, assuming you have time to take your attention off of the trail.

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Trailblazer


July 3, 2017
 
Review: We were in South Lake for the July 4th weekend. I took a few hours to enjoy some of the local trails. I was shuttled to the top of Corral and then rode the additional 1.5 miles up the paved road to the top of Armstrong. That makes for a nice downhill - Armstrong, Sidewinder, onto Corral. Great flowy trail. A few technical spots with rocks and roots. Lots of features with ride-arounds. Enjoyable trail for the experienced rider to the beginner. Great way to enjoy the day.

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Gnarly


June 13, 2016
Hunter411 Gnarly  
 
Review: Awesome singletrack. If you ride Van Sickle please be respectful toward the hikers eliminating any conflicts and possible closure to mountain biking.

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Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury to Van Sickle MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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