Luther Pass South

Luther Pass (Route 89) is the most forgiving of the listed passes. Starting at the junction of Highway 50 and 89 in Meyers, peddle seven miles along tree-lined, gradually ascending Highway 89 to its pinnacle at 7,700 feet. If you are craving more miles and of course, more climbing, opt for a longer out-and-back by continuing onward down the highway’s three mile descent to the meadows of Hope Valley at Picketts Junction. The shoulders on Luther Pass are minimal, causing most cyclists to stick to the white line. An alternative, more technical route is South Upper Truckee Road out of Meyers, which runs closely parallel to Luther Pass along the Upper Truckee River. South Upper Truckee Road navigates up a series of switchbacks to Big Meadow campground and dumps out onto Route 89 for the last leg up to Luther Pass’s high point. Source: