7.2 miles
666 ft
-631 ft
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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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Saxon Tie Road
Sep 21, 2023 @ 2:18pm
Sep 21, 2023
Railroad Grade Trail
Sep 14, 2023 @ 4:33pm
Sep 14, 2023
Incense Cedar Trail
Aug 23, 2023 @ 8:09am
Aug 23, 2023
This trail was actually quite fun!
Powerline Road
May 30, 2023 @ 9:56am
May 30, 2023
There is a pretty big mud/standing water spot at the start of the trail, but you can go around it.
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