20.4 miles
2,038 ft
-3,134 ft
1 mile
High Point

Brockway Summit to Big Chief

Detailed Description
Brockway Summit to Big Chief is a 20 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Carnelian Bay California. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 2,038 ft with a max elevation of 7,860 ft then descends -3,134 ft.

43 Reviews & Comments

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Starfruitrocket (Oct 1, 2022 at 22:01)
1st half is super fun. 2nd half I walked 5 times due to nutty features. Fell twice in narrow spots after nutty features. Cut up right leg. Pulled left quad. Good to try once but not recommended or fun if you rarely ride epic Tahoe trails.
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SantaRosa13 (Jun 29, 2022 at 23:09)
This section is totally different than the rest of the lower parts. Lots of technical lines that will get a lot of people off their bikes. Tricky drops, big rock rolls and no go arounds.
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Dcbshred (Jun 16, 2022 at 0:20)
Great trail. Fun challenging features!
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Dcbshred (Jun 16, 2022 at 0:15)
Fun trail. Has some tech, jumps, and berms
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smgishot13 (Jun 11, 2022 at 17:08)
Lower section is basically one long flat/uphill rock garden. Trail is not worth riding unless you’re really into technical XC.
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ABdCl0 (Jun 8, 2022 at 20:55)
Really fun downhill on mtn bike. Not very technical, barely deserves black Diamond rating
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Ttruts (Aug 2, 2021 at 16:14)
Awesome downhill ripper, loose and fast. Has the flow and the grade that the lower section doesn't
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Ttruts (Aug 2, 2021 at 16:10)
The top of the section, although really cool, lacks any real sense of actual flow. The trail itself is really cool but in terms of decending the fire rode might be a better option to keep your focus/attention. Parts of this trail do bore and leave yourself kind of scratching at your head as to what flow the trail builders were conjuring up
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mikepea (Jul 24, 2021 at 8:35)
This is such a fun trail, so well designed. The last section is an absolute flowy hoot. All along the route there are features galore, all of which have an easy option, but some more challenging options if you want to take them, and feel ‘progression designed’ - you could quite easily session some sections and build up to the harder stuff
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richybp (May 23, 2021 at 19:56)
Fantastic trail; perhaps one of the best I’ve ever ridden.
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jon7B66Aj (May 8, 2021 at 19:00)
Just rode it. Lots of trees blocking the trail. Mostly free of snow but a few patches. Fun.
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CoachTWM (Oct 10, 2020 at 10:42)
This is one of the outlier trails for this region...while most trend toward XC Upper Big Chief is pure rip-roaring fun! It’s worth pedaling your long travel bike to the trailhead just so you can get the most out of the trail.
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ashort (Oct 7, 2020 at 19:49)
Such a fun trail. Lots of tech/chunky sections and small drops.
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ashort (Sep 23, 2020 at 14:59)
One of the most fun trails in the area. Great views, fun technical sections, incredible rock work, lots of features (rock rolls, jumps, and a drop), and it ends really fun big berms. I’d say this is teetering on a black rating.
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tahoe-mic (Jul 3, 2020 at 10:13)
Disappointing experience. While it’s obvious lots of great work has gone into building this trail it felt like a pain. A sense of lack of flow, a dastardly amount of rickety rocks Just didn’t provide the joy I was hoping for. Once committed, I recommend sticking to other it as road 6 is even worse... Wink
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tahoe-mic (Jul 3, 2020 at 10:08)
Fun trail, good flow, some really cool sections and a view to die for. Great condition.
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NationalForestFoundation (May 22, 2020 at 12:22)
The National Forest Foundation, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, is conducting a Forest Health & Fuels Reduction Project in the vicinity of the Sawtooth/Bald Mountain Trail. Operations are planned from 2020 – 2021, during Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. During this time, there will be trail closures, heavy machinery, and tree-falling/flying debris in the area. Users should exercise caution, observe trail closures, and keep at least 300’ back from equipment. To avoid danger, alternate trails in the area are advised. The Big Chief Trail (4 miles down the 06 road) will remain open. More information on the project, trail closures and more may be found at: www.nationalforests.org/bigjackeast
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Crenshawwhitley (May 4, 2020 at 21:03)
Still snow covered about ½ up
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leviprice (Aug 26, 2019 at 6:52)
My stoke after this trail is way too high. Sooooooo good
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whoisadam (Aug 14, 2019 at 15:35)
I like the upper section more, lower section has some really great parts to it but as a whole I found it a bit too pedally and just lots of loose rocks to pedal through. I smiled a bit but also got bored at times. Worth a go, a lot of effort was put into this trail. We did it as a shuttle. If I had to pedal up the road and come down all sections I probably would have not thought it was worth it.
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whoisadam (Aug 14, 2019 at 15:31)
Upper chief was amazing, good grade so not too pedally, fun rock obstacles, drops, very entertaining. The lower half for my taste was alright, there were some brilliant sections on the (lower section) but as a whole a bit too pedally for my taste and just lots of loose rocks and shell that you pedal through. Definitely worth a go, they put a lot of work into this trail.
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Collidan (Jul 23, 2019 at 19:19)
First of all......rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. Not recommended for hard tails unless you enjoy slowly selecting your line and proceeding with caution. Great trail and the berms/jumps/rock rolls all were very well thought out and built. Great piece of trail to really sharpen your skills on. Ride the fire road since climbing is just ridiculous with the amount of rock gardens towards the top half of the trail.
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DrHog (Jul 10, 2019 at 12:36)
Really enjoyed it! There is a really cool section across a rough rockfall area where the trailbuilders painstakingly laid a granite slab path through the rubble--tons of work/skill and I've never seen anything like it. Lots of medium sized up & over granite boulders that were fun, and a good sized steep granite slab. Great berms on the end of the trail. Overall, trail definitely not sanitized, but still has good rhythm.
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cjdaking1969 (Jul 8, 2019 at 8:13)
This is in great shape as of 4th of July weekend. Definitely take the 06 fire road up the hill, as it's safer, especially on Upper Big Chief
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gasman1 (Jun 27, 2019 at 9:20)
A few wet patches up the valley. Snow blocks trail just above turn off for Watson lake.
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Mockg (Jun 26, 2019 at 0:12)
This trail wouldn't be fun to ride up, and impossible to in some sections - best to take the road around. You'll be happy going downhill though, unless you're still a bit green as this trail is fast and loose.
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douglasdevore (Jun 21, 2019 at 21:19)
Rode it today. Almost completely snow free except for one small section. A couple a large downed trees as well. Otherwise the ride was excellent!
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Matiasek (Jun 21, 2019 at 13:32)
Anyone know if this is snow free yet? Thanks!
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sammybikes916 MLTS (Jun 21, 2019 at 18:05)
all intel I've heard is that it's good to go. heading up on Sunday if you want to join.
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mekent (Jun 21, 2019 at 10:44)
Completely open with the exception of 2-3 fallen trees and one small snow patch.
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TREdwards (Nov 20, 2018 at 8:51)
This trail should definitely by one way! Pretty dangerous to ride up as people are ripping down features and around the turns. I strongly recommend taking the fire road to the south trail head.
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WillieB (Nov 14, 2018 at 10:55)
I would argue that this trail should be broken into two sections, as the difficulty and feel of each is not the same. The upper portion above the road is rolling and relatively mellow -it feels more like a connector, while the lower bit (middle big chief) is quite technical and loaded with gnarly rocks.
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gasman1 (Nov 2, 2018 at 18:09)
this section will be really nice next spring. loose and dusty now. Really well built. nice rock work, a few little jumps, couple of scetchy rock drops mid trail though, beware!
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MisterDirtPaws (Oct 20, 2018 at 22:10)
TTF and USFS did am amazing job on this trail. It’s a great out and back, or epic ride from Tahoe all the way to Truckee.
Not sure why so many don’t think this isn’t a great climb. It’s a great climb and you get to check out all the features on the way up. No need to drive to ride your bike downhill. Kinda sad that I’ve seen lots of rad outdoor women climbing this with huge smiles on their faces, but lots of shredder bros seem to think it’s too hard and have to shuttle.
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fancyshoes (Oct 14, 2018 at 22:54)
Absolutely fantastic! Sooo much fun! I didn’t see the long log skinny though... gonna have to ride it again and look for it i guess! There are great feature options for all levels, you can choose to take on more gnarly stuff or not. Just a heads up, this is not a trail for those who want to have a relaxing ride. There are some flowy bits but there’s some rocky technical stuff too. This trail does not quit from the top all the way to the bottom.
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Zeigler (Sep 24, 2018 at 23:18)
Killer feature packed trail. Definitely should be done as a DH. There are some really unique and great features to the finished part of this trail. We attempted the entire trail but quickly found out that the upper portion of it still has quite a bit of work left until it is finished. We walked our bikes quite a ways until we said f*ck it and hiked them back down to sawtooth road. Where the trail intersects sawtooth road and continues down to sawtooth trail is finished, rideable and doooooope. Lots of jumps, berms, rock rolls, chunk gardens and even a tree ride. They have done a really good job so far on this trail and im looking forward to seeing the finished product next year. Would suggest doing a two car shuttle option from sawtooth lot or from where the trail meets with sawtooth trail. You should DH it from where Big Chief intersects sawtooth road. If you want to get your exercise in then just ride up sawtooth road. It pretty much parallels sawtooth rd the whole length of the trail.
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anomandaris (Sep 19, 2018 at 7:34)
Really fun trail. Truckee trails has really done a great job with this addition. Trail Forks should reverse the direction though. It is a cross country trail but best ridden south - north with access by climbing the 06 road (for now). Some fun "kinda techy" spots but all do-able for any intermediate rider. Great addition to the Truckee area and looking forward to the completion of it.
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gasman1 (Sep 19, 2018 at 0:34)
People are going to hit each other if we climb the first section, which can be blisteringly fast coming down those berms.
If your going uphill you'd better be aware of what's coming!
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gasman1 (Sep 17, 2018 at 16:03)
huge Thank You to the people involved with building this trail. Some serious work and thought going into this trail. Will be a classic soon I reckon! (more flow for the newer top half please.....)
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almostcool231 (Sep 8, 2018 at 15:08)
Man great trail, killer job building it. Lots of fun terrain with awesome features such as log rides some decent size drops and jumps. However its just not steep enough going downhill. Really makes it tough to ride on larger travel bikes. Still in search of true downhill in the area thats not tyrolean or dirty harry.
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Mockg (Aug 31, 2018 at 20:53)
While normally I'm all about uphill riders getting the right-of-way, this trail would be an exception for me. The downhill gets going quick and there are many technical features to focus on. You're better off riding up the road to Robie Park instead, but if you do decide climb this singletrack be on the lookout for those descending.
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tylerc8899 (Aug 19, 2018 at 16:37)
Looks incredible so far. The berms are so fun and smooth. Great work on a great trail. It should probably be a "downhill only" trail with uphill traffic staying on the road to make it the most fun for people coming down (and safer too)
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traildweller (Aug 19, 2018 at 14:42)
Just rode it yesterday. Started at the Sawtooth parking area and rode up as far as Robie Equestrian Park. Then back down. WOW! Great features for testing your trials skills, fun to ride downhill, great berms and a wild log skinny to try out. In some ways better than Corral Trail. Only downside I see is that climbing it may be a bit hazardous should you encounter shredders coming down from above. Might be better to ascend on the 06 log road, then ride down.


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More Stats for Brockway Summit to Big Chief mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,096 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,924 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,021 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,925 ft
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    7 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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