5 miles
Distance
1,868 ft
Climb
-728 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This trail begins with rocky technical switchbacks from SR-89, but after that this trail is moderately difficult with rocky sweeping turns through remote forest and the aptly named Big Meadow. After 3 miles Round Lake is a sublime alpine lake and should be savored. Beyond the lake the trail climbs through conglomerate rock features--rare in the Tahoe area. The trail quality briefly degrades because of loose rounded stones but then levels out into a gentle climb to the Pacific Crest Trail. Unfortunately bikes are prohibited on the PCT, but take a moment to hike out to the historic Meiss cabin 500 ft directly west.

This trail has stunning views and is very popular hikers and equestrians. Please be overtly courteous.

This ride is not so much enduro ride as it is xc. There are no fun features to play on although there are some 1 ft rock drops. The trail can be done as out and back or with options to Chirstmas Valley, Hawley Grade, and Mr. Toads.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for TRT: Big Meadow to PCT mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,251 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,251 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,391 ft
  • Grade
    4.002%
  • Grade max
    -54.768%
  • Grade min
    50.412%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,444 ft
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