Bones to Blue Resupply Notes
|Travel between||Trip Total|
|Section||Start||Miles||Gain (ft)||End||Miles||Gain (ft)||Service at End|
|1||Truckee (Start)||40||7,069||Soda Springs||40||7,069|
Beacon Gas Station (6am-10pm); 1 mile farther to Soda Springs General Store (8am-7pm)
Rolling through town - Pizza, Save Mart, Subway, McDonalds, Burger Me, Circle K (24hrs)
7-Eleven (24hrs surprisingly good food selection), Raley's grocery (7am-11pm lock your bike)
|4||Incline Village||39||9,615||Summit Village||139||26,836||Fox & Hound Bar & Grill (7:30am-1am), Tramway Market (7am-11pm)|
1 mile off route - cafe (6am-2pm), Liras Supermarket (7am-8pm), two gas stations (6am-11pm)
|6||Meyers||11||1,518||Fallen Leaf Lake||184||35,484|
Small Store (10am-6pm, closed 12pm-1pm chips, ice cream, drinks) spigot in front of store
|7||Fallen Leaf Lake||17||1,775||Tahoma||202||37,259|
Tahoma Market (6:30am-7pm good sandwich bar), 2 miles farther to Obexer's Store (7am-8pm)
|8||Tahoma||28||4,640||Squaw Valley||230||41,899||7-Eleven (24hrs)|
|9||Squaw Valley||21||4,013||Donner Memorial (Finish)||251||45,912||Drinking fountain outside near front of museum entrance, park has unlocked wifi|
*Note: Elevation gain may be overestimated by as much as 20% (so it's not as bad as it looks)
Navigate 1 track at a time ("Go" on Garmin)
Primitive section (towards end of Section 3)
~7 miles before Incline Village, the trail becomes very “faded”. The trail is harder to find for about a 1 mile.
Don’t worry about being directly on the gpx track. If you can't find the trail, just bushwhack in the general direction of the track.
Eventually, the trial will be very distinct when it starts to climb the slope on your left side
Marlette Lake (Section 4)
Camping in the Marlette Lake basin is prohibited. It looks enticing, but please don't! Continue up the short dirt road climb away from the lake to find plenty of good, legal camping spots.
Bike Path along West Shore of Lake Tahoe (Sections 7 & 8)
After riding the road around Emerald Bay, a bike path starts around Sugar Pine Point and parallels the road (sometimes crossing sides).
Riding the bike path is OPTIONAL. The road has a descent shoulder and the bike path can be busy with families. RIde whatever you are comfortable with.
Yogi's Trial (towards end of Section 9)
After climbing on a dirt/jeep road to a ridge below Tinker's Knob, you will descend some along the ridge and then get on Yogi's trail for a final, big descent to Truckee.
Yogi's is a local trail that is "hidden" from motos. Every junction with a road is purposely obscured. Do the right thing and walk your bike at these junctions.
If you scratch
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with the subject: "bones to blue scratch"
There are buses with bike racks that run from South Lake Tahoe back to Truckee. Just Google directions and select the “transit” option.
Meeting racers at the finish
Your family/friends can avoid the Donner Memorial parking fee by parking along the road outside of the park and walking in. Monument can be seen from the road.
The lights on the monument turn off at 12am every night and there is free wifi near the monument