Run on Dirt in Winter on the Tahoe Pyramid Trail

View of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail with the Truckee River in the background.

Tahoe Pyramid Trail: a snow-free, dirt trail for winter running, just a short distance from Truckee.

When completed, the Tahoe Pyramid Trail will follow the entire length of the Truckee River from its start at Lake Tahoe, to its terminus at Pyramid Lake. Sections of the trail are still under construction but when everything is finished, it will run a total of 114 miles with over 2000 feet of elevation change. While it begins at 6200 feet at Lake Tahoe, portions of the trail at lower elevation stay snow-free, making it an ideal choice for winter running.

Cyclists, runners, and hikers alike will enjoy spending time on this trail. It’s open to bike and foot travel and presents a mix of trail surfaces and environments – at times a single track, dirt road, gravel, mud, etc. The trail is broken down into sections, making it accessible for shorter distances.

A wide section of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail next to the Truckee River.

In winter, the lower elevation Hirschdale to Verdi section is usually snow-free, offering a nearby escape from the snow-covered trails in Truckee. It’s a short 20-minute drive to this section of the trail. There are several parking areas to choose from, giving you a variety of starting locations for a one-way run or bike ride with a car shuttle or an out and back trip.

A woman running on a dirt road with mountains in the background, part of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail.

Hirschdale to Fared

Distance – 7 miles one way

Difficulty – moderate

Map and Directions – Click here to view a detailed map of the Hirschdale to Fared section.

A close up of flowers in the foreground. The Truckee River and snow capped mountains in the background.

Fared to Verdi

Distance – 8.6 miles one way

Difficulty – easy to moderate

Map and Directions – Click here to view a detailed map of the Fared to Verdi section.

To learn more about the Hirschdale to Verdi section of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail, as well as GPX file downloads of the route, click here.



Siobhan works at Tahoe Mountain Sports and currently manages TMS blog content. She loves everything about living in the mountains, from snowy winter days on skis to the hot, dusty trails of the Sierra's in the summer. Favorite activities include skiing, trail running and backpacking.


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