The best mountain biking trails around North Lake Tahoe

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Northstar California Bike Park

Northstar California’s Bike Park has consistently been rated one of the best lift-access bike parks in North America. The best part is that its all downhill, and categorized much like Northstar’s ski runs, so that it’s enjoyable for all bike levels. Plus, it’s home to the Specialized Bike Academy, the only one of its kind.

I recently asked Northstar’s mountain bike program manager, Luke Sheppard, for recommendations as the bike park nears its Memorial Day weekend opening (weather and conditions permitting). His recommendations included Livewire, Northstar’s premiere flow trail (2.1 miles with 42 jumps top to bottom), which is watered twice daily to create a riding surface that’s fast, rolling, and with less dust.

Elsewhere, Coaster is Northstar’s newest top to bottom blue trail, featuring a mixture of intermediate berms, jumps, and natural obstacles, and a great starting place for those progressing from green to blue trails.

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