Bones to Blue Routes General Info

Best time to ride

The season for the Bones to Blue routes is June through October. All things considered, the best conditions are usual mid August to mid September with reasonable temps and lower chances of rain.

Annual snowpack varies, but the routes are often clear by mid June. The last section to open up is usually the southwest section of the Tahoe Rim Trail (Freel and Armstrong Pass). Early October may offer short windows of good weather and reasonable temps at night. Snow can, however, arrive as early as September, so keep an eye on forecasts.

Temps in July and August can reach (mid 80’s) and fewer streams are running, so you might need to carry more water. The fire and smoke season is usually July through October.


Average Monthly Temps

Soda Springs CA

Incline Village NV

Stateline NV

Average Monthly rainfall

Soda Springs CA

Incline Village NV

Stateline NV


Start and End Location

All of the routes start and end in Truckee, CA.

Logistics for where to stay and park your vehicle in Truckee are included in your Guide Pack.


Recommended Bike and Tires

The routes were designed with hardtail of full-suspension mountain bikes in mind. The routes focus on incorporating amazing singletrack trails that, at times can be chunky and technical. Your tires should be at least 2.3″ wide and have knobby tread. If you ride a hardtail, lean towards mid-fat tires (2.5+), so you can run lower pressure and get a smother ride.

Tubeless is strongly recommended because there are plenty of pokey things along these routes. See some tire suggestions in recommended gear.

A low gear of 30/50 (smallest chainring/biggest cassette ring) should work fine for most people. Lower is even better if your bringing “everything” on your fully-loaded tour.


Recommended Gear List

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