Bikes and beaches make a natural combo. Bring your own two-wheeler to explore Tahoe’s honey-colored sands, or rent one from Anderson Bicycle Rental, conveniently located at the start of the Forest Bicycle Trail. This flat, paved 4-mile bike path runs parallel to Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, with a few beaches making good detours for sand-lounging. Pedal through forest (past Camp Richardson) all the way to Baldwin Beach. Behind you, stately Mount Tallac looms; in front of you, 22 miles of Lake Tahoe stretch away clear and blue. For those who prefer a dog-friendly setting, Kiva Beach behind the Tallac Historic Site butts up to the forest, with plenty of space to roam. End the bike-beach combo on The Beacon’s outdoor wooden deck at Camp Richardson. Hear live music while sipping a Rum Runner—a Beacon specialty. Brilliant!
The Forest Trail Bike Path starts 1 mile north of the Hwy. 89/50 intersection. Look for the Anderson Bicycle Rental sign on Hwy. 89 and 13th St. Ride down 13th St. and make a left onto Eloise Rd., which takes you to the path. Bike rentals from Anderson’s are $9 per hour, the fourth hour is free. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.