Since Lisa also drove her car down, we were all set up for point to point shuttles. Started the Tahoe Rim Trail (bikes on even days only) up the Mt. Rose Highway, at 8,550ft at Tahoe Meadows. Rode "Tahoe Rim Trail" to "Hobart Road", around Marlette Lake to "The Flume Trail" to "Tunnel Creek Road-Ponderosa Ranch". Yes, we finished right next to the stage set for the Bonanza TV show. Except for a 200 ft and 800 ft climb, we rode downhill to the lake, elev 7,723ft. 25 miles and a net loss of 1,680 ft.
The 8 mile trail section starting at the Mt. Rose highway was gorgeous. Granite rocks lined the crushed granite trail with huge trees everywhere. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies and a slight breeze. We had amazing views of Lake Tahoe constantly.
Since you can only ride the 8 mile section starting at the Mt. Rose Highway on even days, there were tons of bikers parked, but we only saw a handful of bikers on the trail.