With miles of scenic trails and highways, cycling enthusiasts come from around the world to ride in Alpine County. Road cyclists are drawn to the winding, scenic highways, including those which cross Carson Pass, Ebbetts Pass, Monitor Pass, and the Pacific Grade. Nestled within the "California Alps," our roadways are sure to test the climbing skills of any cyclist, while providing iconic views of the Sierra Nevadas.
Alpine County Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual "Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps" each July. The ride is an iconic event that tests participants' endurance - featuring (up to) 15,000' of vertical climb and 129 miles, all in one day! Learn more at www.deathride.com.
Mountain biking enthusiasts have ample room to play in our magnificent National Forests. Though not permitted in the County's two Wilderness Areas nor Grover Hot Springs State Park, the region offers numerous roads along Monitor Pass, Blue Lakes, and Forestdale Roads, as well as along the prestigious Tahoe Rim Trail.
Bike rentals are available at locations in Bear Valley and Kirkwood. Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers a mountain bike park with an extensive trail system and lift access on the weekends during July and August. Bear Valley Adventure Company keeps visitors to the Bear Valley region, near Lake Alpine and Bear Valley Resort, equipped for adventure!
We will be hosting our 40th anniversary Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps on Sat. July 17, 2021. The following roads will be closed this day:
Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Markleeville to Lake Alpine
Hwy 89 (Monitor Pass) from Markleeville to Hwy 395
Plan your trip accordingly, and enjoy visiting the communities of Markleeville and Lake Alpine/Bear Valley while you wait to proceed to your destination.