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The Tahoe Pyramid Trail: A Dream to Build a Trail Along the Truckee River Takes Shape

Sep 09, 2019 08:00AM ● By Tessa Marie

Photo by Chas Macquarie

The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail has a remarkable 17 year history that began with founder Janet Phillips and her dream to share the glorious Truckee River with people who enjoy the outdoors.

Since 2003, grants, donations and the work of many dedicated volunteers have successfully funded construction to curate and join together a series of short unlinked bike trail segments to create the Tahoe Pyramid Trail; an awe-inspiring recreational trail that spans the Truckee Meadows, connecting Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake through the Truckee River Canyon.

The trail begins at the mouth of the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe. When complete, travelers will take in the sights and enjoy the smell of pine before descending 2000 feet in elevation over a length of 114 miles of winding river bends and rolling hillsides. The trail eventually ends amongst the desert sage and serene shores of Pyramid Lake.


There are 5 sections of trail now open to experience the beauty of Northern Nevada:

- Tahoe City to Hirschdale (23 Miles)

- Hirschdale to Verdi (16 Miles, with one short detour until October)

- Verdi to Reno/Sparks (20 Miles)

- Mustang to USA Parkway (10 Miles)

- Wadsworth to Pyramid Lake (24 Miles)

Many parts are paved while others are dirt roads or trails only. Each section is labeled with symbols to express level of difficulty, and there are options for all different levels of experience.

Connection from Hirschdale to Floriston is nearly complete, Vista Blvd. to Mustang, and USA Parkway to Wadsworth will be completed in the future. Trail conditions are updated and addressed regularly thanks to the efforts of board members and trail users. One of the most popular rides is one way from Hirschdale to Verdi. If you don’t have your own car shuttle, Dirt Gypsy Adventures of Truckee has a shuttle service.

Cell reception and services are limited along the trail, and though the entire trail is near completion, there are still active construction zones that are unsafe for passage. Therefore, it is recommended that you check online and map your route prior to heading out on the trail. Be prepared with water and supplies, and please avoid any work areas you may encounter to ensure your safety and the swift completion of this award-winning project that will be enjoyed by Reno-Tahoe locals and visitors for generations to come. Thank you, Janet Phillips and team, for your perseverance to go after your dream so others may find their bliss along the Truckee River.

Visit to learn more about the Trail history, find trail conditions, updates, and opportunities to donate, volunteer, and support the project.