7.2 miles
Distance
666 ft
Climb
-631 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Lake Tahoe has tons of great trails for all levels. If you’re not quite ready for the Tahoe Triple Crown, we have the fun and friendly Power Loop that starts and ends at the Corral Trailhead. The Power Loop is less suffering but no less fun. Named for time spent on Powerline Trail, this is a great option for anyone who wants to score the benefits of the ride This ride is 7 miles long with just over 1000 feet of climbing. If you want to enjoy the trails in Meyers, but save the Triple Crown for another year this is a great option. Check the route HERE.

There are 2 options to make it longer and more advanced if you want to push it: Climb up Sidewinder (400ft climbing) and add the final push to the top of Fountain Place Road (500ft climbing), where you’ll descend Armstrong Connector and Corral all the way back to the start. Have a little extra juice? Add on Armstrong Pass (4 miles and 1,300ft climbing) and you’ll be ready for the Triple Crown next year no problem!

The Route
The Intermediate Ride begins at the Corral parking area.
Ride north on Saxon Tie Road. This merges with Powerline Road and follow Powerline Road across Saxon Creek to the left turn for the Railroad Grade Trail. Follow the Railroad Grade Trail (but consider dipping your toes in the Saxon Creek) until you hit the cul de sac at the end of Columbine Trail road.
Make a sharp right in the cul de sac and follow Powerline Road for one mile.
Turn left onto Incense Cedar and climb up for two miles.
More juice left? This is where you have an option to climb up Sidewinder. Continue to Lower Corral to descend.
Hang a right where Incense Cedar intersects with Lower Corral trail and enjoy the descent with optional (and rollable) jumps and berms.
Swing left when Lower Corral hits Powerline Road and retrace your path back to the Corral Parking lot.

source: Power Loop
Detailed Description
Power Loop is a 7 mile popular intermediate route located near South Lake Tahoe California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 666 ft with a max elevation of 6,775 ft then descends -631 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Power Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,281 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,356 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,391 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -31.1%
  • Grade min
    27.6%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Saxon Tie Road
Jun 11, 2022 @ 8:59pm
Jun 11, 2022
Gate still closed. If it's opened, can someone please update? Thank you everyone...
Railroad Grade Trail
Apr 30, 2022 @ 11:24am
Apr 30, 2022
Incense Cedar Trail
Apr 28, 2022 @ 8:51pm
Apr 28, 2022
Powerline Road
Nov 24, 2020 @ 2:57pm
Nov 24, 2020
Super fun on a fat bike! 50% snow covered
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