37.2 miles
4,829 ft
-6,751 ft
2 miles
High Point

Shuttle plans are needed

The South Lake Tahoe area has several awesome and strenuous loops and point-to-point rides. This version covers terrain that most people don't often link together... and it is incredible

Done as a shuttle, it covers mostly singletrack that ranges from fast and flowy to technical and chunky. You get views of Lake Tahoe, views of the southern Sierra, quaking aspen tree groves, huge meadows, tons of granite, babbling brooks, wildflowers galore (seasonal), you can ride through a waterfall (seasonal), and enjoy dramatic views of Strawberry Valley from the top of Lover's Leap, 1,100' above town... just before the final rip-roaring descent back to civilization below.

For a fit and skilled rider, there is very little hike-a-bike involved in this route, which includes about 5,400' of climbing and 7,400' of descending.

Detailed Description
Armstrong to Strawberry - IMBA EPIC is a 37 mile popular expert route located near South Lake Tahoe California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 4,829 ft with a max elevation of 9,439 ft then descends -6,751 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Armstrong to Strawberry - IMBA EPIC mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    8 hr 56 min
  • Altitude change
    -1,922 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,709 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,665 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,741 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    20 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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