2 miles
Distance
20 ft
Climb
-759 ft
Descent
00:20:08
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Sawtooth
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #8095 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 100 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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big Chief Trail (Upper Section) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -739 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,110 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,860 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,848 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,110 ft
  • Grade
    -6.4%
  • Grade max
    -31.1%
  • Grade min
    7.8%
  • Distance climb
    958 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    318 ft
  • Avg time
    00:20:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:59:51
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Status:
on Aug 1, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (12 votes)

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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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • 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
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to big-chief-trail-upper-section trailhead (39.229500, -120.145840)
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      Big Chief Trail... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 7:34pm
      Aug 1, 2020
      Tree down across trail
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 1:57pm
      Jul 11, 2020
      Jun 25, 2020 @ 1:38pm
      Jun 25, 2020
      Jun 10, 2020 @ 5:48pm
      Jun 10, 2020
      Trail work complete, new section of trail added about 1/4 mile in
      Jun 9, 2020 @ 8:41am
      Jun 9, 2020
      Trail work happening on upper section (about 1/4 mile Into trail) riders will not be able to pass in this area
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 25 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 261 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 10 rides
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      Photos

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      59 |
      May 24, 2020 @ 7:21am
      May 24, 2020
      64 |
      May 24, 2020 @ 7:21am
      May 24, 2020
      141 |
      Oct 17, 2019 @ 2:46pm
      Oct 17, 2019
      134 |
      Oct 17, 2019 @ 2:46pm
      Oct 17, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Dieter And Dave's
      15 miles
      Tahoe rim trail
      33 miles
      Sawtooth, Upper & Lower Big Chief
      24 miles
      Dave And Dieter's Long Ride
      28 miles

      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag gasman1 (Nov 2, 2018 at 18:09)
       this section will be really nice next spring. loose and dusty now. Really well built. nice rock work, a few little jumps, couple of scetchy rock drops mid trail though, beware!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag WillieB (Nov 14, 2018 at 10:55)
       I would argue that this trail should be broken into two sections, as the difficulty and feel of each is not the same. The upper portion above the road is rolling and relatively mellow -it feels more like a connector, while the lower bit (middle big chief) is quite technical and loaded with gnarly rocks.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Matiasek (Jun 21, 2019 at 13:32)
       Anyone know if this is snow free yet? Thanks!
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag sammybikes916 (Jun 21, 2019 at 18:05)
       all intel I've heard is that it's good to go. heading up on Sunday if you want to join.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag douglasdevore (Jun 21, 2019 at 21:19)
       Rode it today. Almost completely snow free except for one small section. A couple a large downed trees as well. Otherwise the ride was excellent!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Mockg (Jun 26, 2019 at 0:12)
       This trail wouldn't be fun to ride up, and impossible to in some sections - best to take the road around. You'll be happy going downhill though, unless you're still a bit green as this trail is fast and loose.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag whoisadam (Aug 14, 2019 at 15:31)
       Upper chief was amazing, good grade so not too pedally, fun rock obstacles, drops, very entertaining. The lower half for my taste was alright, there were some brilliant sections on the (lower section) but as a whole a bit too pedally for my taste and just lots of loose rocks and shell that you pedal through. Definitely worth a go, they put a lot of work into this trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag tahoe-mic (Jul 3, 2020 at 10:08)
       Fun trail, good flow, some really cool sections and a view to die for. Great condition.
      [Reply]

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