Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Trails & Riding Area Maps
There are popular snowmobile riding areas in and near the Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding sierra mountains. All of the following is a general description. Most of these areas are Nation Forest land. So ride with care and respect for all situations as many of them border wilderness and private property.
Brockway Summit This area is the closest to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Affording panoramic lake views and riding that allows beginners and upper level riders to enjoy every aspect of snowmobiling. This area also provides amenities that some areas do not. Like the ability to stop for food or beverage from the trail. With Grooming services on most of the main sections makes this lake view area available to all. If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
Tahoe Meadows Also known as the Mt rose snowmobiling area (1 mile from Mt.Rose Summit, off highway 431, and 7 miles from Incline Village. Click here for a general map of this riding area. This snowmobiling area is geared to someone who wants to ride in "off trail" conditions. There are some big open flat meadows for lower level riding and a mix of sledding for family day activities. This also means it is used by other people for winter recreation so there is a 15 mph speed limit in the lower meadow. Once you access the upper section there is all levels of terrain featuring hill climbing and terrain feature that allow the use of back country skiing and Snow Boarding. (used by some film co. to make videos hint hint fun stuff) If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
Blackwood Canyon (On West side of Lake Tahoe) This snowmobiling area is geared toward intermediate level and above. The access road in is usually fairly whooped out but once you get back in a way it smoothes out and you can access the "Back country" terrain your looking for. Another great area for snowmobiling and skiing / snowboarding. this area also has views of Lake Tahoe and the bigger terrain features Tahoe has to offer. If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
Little Truckee Summit (15 miles North of Truckee, just off highway 89) Click here for a trail map of the eastern portion of Tahoe National Forest. This area is a huge diversity of terrain from extensive miles of groomed trail to accessing big meadows and valleys leading to big hills. The parking area can get congested but once your out you'll be lucky to cross paths with a few people all day. There are also amenities such as hot lunch and fuel in the middle of your ride.
Donner Summit (Across the I-80 road from Donner Ski Resort) This area also known as castle peak is for intermediate and upper level riders. The skill required changes based on snow conditions. the terrain in the castle peak area is beautiful and has terrain features and hill climbs that can create or allow even the best riders to be challenged. If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade (south side of Spooner Summit. Spooner Summit is 11 mile west of highway 395 in Carson City and 12 miles east of S. Lake Tahoe on highway 50). A mix of groomed trails and off trail ridding on of the largest snowmobile tour company's in the country operates in this area. Again this area has breath taking views of Lake Tahoe. If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
Sonora pass A hidden gem that is a bit south of the Lake Tahoe venue but if you want to experience big mountain terrain this is the spot. For more detailed info contact us. If you need a Snowmobile Rental for you or a extra one for a friend we have one for you Contact us.
You can also visit the Sierra Avalanche Center http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/ to check the area before you venture out into the back country. Although most trail ridding area are protected from slides
Snowmobile Trail Head GPS Coordinates
Following are the GPS Coordinates of several snowmobile trail heads. This can be useful for snowmobilers who have never launched their snowmobiles from these trail heads.
The format of the GPS Coordinate is: Degrees Minutes Seconds, using WGS 84 map datum.
Blackwood Canyon: N39 06 49.0 / W120 09 29.0
Blue Lakes: N38 44 53.0 / W119 56 21.0
Brockway Summit: N39 15 38.2 / W120 04 17.7
Donner Pass: N39 20 23.0 / W120 21 01.0
Little Truckee Summit: N39 30 14.7 / W120 16 57.7
Tahoe Meadows: N39 18 03.3 / W119 55 13.2
Spooner Summit: N39 06 15.0 / W119 53 44.0
Other Riding Areas in California & Nevada
Please click here for list of other riding areas in the California and Nevada.
California Sno-Park Information
Please click here for complete information on all the SNO-PARK locations in the state of California. Note that Sno-Park stickers are required to be place on your vehicle's window at:
- Blackwood Canyon
- Blue Lakes
- Donner Pass
California OHV Permits
Out of state snowmobilers will need to purchase an Out-of-State OHV Permit for their snowmobile. Most snowmobile dealers sell these permits.
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