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Cycling from Mammoth to Truckee

Old 05-27-19, 05:27 PM
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Cycling from Mammoth to Truckee

I'm hoping to ride from Mammoth Lakes to Truckee early Sept. I'm planning on 2 days but I would add a day for an interesting detour.
Do any of you have route suggestions, tips, or cautions?
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Hi. You may have more success in the touring forum.
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Makes sense. Thanks.
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I wish I knew a bit more, but I would go over Kingsbury grade, but highway 89 thru Markleeville if you're feeling extra pep in the legs.

Possible no-supplies section on #338 to get off #395 .

Sounds like fun!
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Try the Norther California forum and/or including at least the bare-minimum information necessary to help us help you. What is your level of riding experience, how much climbing do you want to do, what kind of bike will you be riding, will you be loaded, are you relying on camping or hotels, carrying food or eating out?

Without that information, I can only offer cautions and maybe a suggestion or two:

Google will route you up HWY 50 from Carson City - avoid that road. It's legally rideable but a freeway. If you end up going all the way to Reno, the only paved route into Truckee is via Mt. Rose Highway - an epic climb statistically comparable to many in the Alps or Pyrenees. Probably not what you're looking for if loaded. Your easiest and most direct route will take 395 to 88 to 89 over Luther Pass into Myers, then riding Tahoe's west shore to Truckee. Next "best" direct alternative would be to climb Kingsbury Grade from Genoa to Stateline, then ride Tahoe in either direction (I'd still suggest west shore). Kingsbury is steep, but gets all the climbing out of the way at once - the 88 to 89 route is a fairly gentle grade, but grinds for 15+ miles.

Now if you really want to settle into some high Sierra riding and do some unloaded climbs, detour to Markleeville for a day and ride Monitor and Ebbetts Passes. If you trout fish, the West Fork Carson River is as legendary as the riding. There are hot springs and a nice campground. Not sure if you've ever spent time in Tahoe itself, but you can detour there for days or years. Just don't dream of riding there on Labor Day weekend if you're going early Sept.
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I second the comment about highway 50.
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