2.2 miles
Distance
27 ft
Climb
-768 ft
Descent
00:17:21
Avg time

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Big Chief
    Truckee, California
  • Ref Number
    #16E85
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (4 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3681 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1575 in E-Biking
    • #34064 in Trail Running
    • #28299 in Hiking
    • #687 in Horseback
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Upper section of Big Chief Trail - if you enjoyed the features of the lower section but were hoping for a bit more momentum, you will love this section. The upper section is more difficult than the lower, with a handful of mandatory technical sections approaching double-black difficulty.

The Truckee Trails Foundation worked with the USFS and Northstar California on a 7-mile non-motorized trail connecting the southern tip of the Sawtooth Trail up to Watson Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Construction was completed in fall of 2018. A huge thanks to the National Forest Foundation and REI for making this possible

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Big Chief Trail (Upper) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -742 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,109 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,860 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,853 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,110 ft
  • Grade
    -6.4%
  • Grade max
    -27.6%
  • Grade min
    8.1%
  • Distance climb
    1,037 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    302 ft
  • Avg time
    00:17:21
  • Avg reverse time
    00:45:48
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Status:
on Nov 5, 2023
Ideal
Avg: 4.5 (29 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Big Chief Trail... Trail Reports

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      Nov 5, 2023 @ 12:30am
      Nov 5, 2023
      Absolutely perfect condition.
      Oct 29, 2023 @ 6:11pm
      Oct 29, 2023
      snow on the trail, upper and lower big chief. not much, but enough to make you check your speed in areas. may melt by next weekend depending on...
      Sep 30, 2023 @ 8:59am
      Sep 30, 2023
      Great ride, mostly intermediate with a few black diamond drops
      Aug 26, 2023 @ 4:47am
      Aug 26, 2023
      Trail is amazing
      Jul 18, 2023 @ 1:47pm
      Jul 18, 2023
      Way harder than single black, i’m an experienced biker and had to walk multiple sections.
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