311 miles
41,183 ft
-41,216 ft
2 miles
High Point

This bikepacking route starts off fairly mild, and continually becomes more challenging as you go. fast pace riders can expect roughly 5 days to complete. resupply food and water every chance you get!

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Trails in Route

Sawtooth Road11 miles
Sawtooth Trail (Lower Ridgeline)2 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Mount Watson South)1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Mount Watson North)3,566 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Watson Lake Trail)1,713 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Sawmill Flat)3,681 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fiberboard Rockgarden)1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fiberboard East)2 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Brockway)2 miles
KB Trail (Upper)4,327 ft
KB Trail (Lower)2 miles
Powerline Connector705 ft
Red Cedar/Powerline Connector1,860 ft
Powerline Scar to 1st Creek Connector1 mile
Incline Flume Trail6 miles
Marlette Flume Trail4 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail (Spooner to Kingsbury)14 miles
Dagget Access856 ft
Tahoe Rim Trail (High Meadows)4 miles
Armstrong Pass Trail4 miles
Armstrong Connector Trail2 miles
Corral Trailhead180 ft
Corral Trail (Lower)1 mile
Pioneer Trail Connector3,494 ft
Al Tahoe Bike Path1 mile
Sugar Pine Bike Path1 mile
West Shore Trail: Tahoma1 mile
Tahoe Rim Trail (Fire and Ice)4,396 ft
Over The Bars/Western States-Tahoe Rim Tie (16E08)2 miles
Big Chief Trail (Lower Section)5 miles
Sawtooth Trail (Lower Ridgeline)2 miles
DLRT: Powerline404 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Donner Crest)1,634 ft
Bucknam/Armstrong Connector1,096 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Skislope)2 miles
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Teton)5,161 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Glacier)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Drifter Hut Switchbacks)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Wendin/Drifter Connector)919 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail/West Gatson Road338 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Johnson Canyon)1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail/Summit Lake Road1 mile
Donner Lake Rim Trail/Summit Lake Trail2,251 ft
Donner Lake Rim Trail (Castle Valley)1 mile
DLRT/Castle Valley East OHV Trail2,585 ft
Don't Try This At Home--Hole In The Ground to Indian Springs Connector12 miles
Fordyce Jeep Trail (Staging to Eagle Lakes)2 miles
Eagle Lakes OHV Trail2,369 ft
Spaulding Lake Trail4 miles
Pioneer Trail--Lang's Crossing to Spaulding Lake Tr.2 miles
Pioneer Trail--Bear Valley Vista to Bowman Lake Rd.4 miles
Pioneer Trail--Burlington Ridge Rd to Lowell Hill Rd7 miles
Shortcut To Market1,617 ft
Miner's Trail2 miles


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bikepacking
  • Bike type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Nevada City, around Lake Tahoe, and back. the hard way mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,981 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,630 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,595 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    140 miles
  • Distance down
    137 miles
  • Distance flat
    34 miles
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Miner's Trail
      Dec 31, 2020 @ 2:52pm
      Dec 31, 2020
      Lots of puddles and the fast rocky section has a lot of water
      Shortcut To Market
      Dec 23, 2020 @ 12:30pm
      Dec 23, 2020
      No issues
      Corral Trail (Lower)
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 2:57pm
      Nov 24, 2020
      About 50/50 covered. Better toward the bottom
      Armstrong Pass Trail
      Nov 14, 2020 @ 8:34am
      Nov 14, 2020
      Covered in snow for the winter
      Armstrong Connector Trail
      Nov 4, 2020 @ 2:14pm
      Nov 4, 2020
      more reports »
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