2 miles
Distance
114 ft
Climb
-857 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Sawtooth
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    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
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big Chief Trail (Upper Section) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -743 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,106 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,849 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,106 ft
  • Grade
    -6.481%
  • Grade max
    -25.04%
  • Grade min
    14.84%
  • Distance climb
    2,063 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    628 ft
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Status:
on Jul 16, 2019
Dry
Avg: 5 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Big Chief Trail... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 16, 2019 @ 5:37am
      Jul 16, 2019
      Dry but not overly dusty. Challenging but rideable top to bottom
      Jul 2, 2019 @ 9:34pm
      Jul 2, 2019
      All snow is melted and the downed trees are cleared.
      Jun 21, 2019 @ 6:20pm
      Jun 21, 2019
      Great conditions. Just one patch of snow left about 15 feet long and a couple of downed trees. Otherwise it’s fantastic and great to ride!
      Nov 18, 2018 @ 12:18pm
      Nov 18, 2018
      Extremely silty
      Nov 14, 2018 @ 10:56am
      Nov 14, 2018
      Don't try to ride up this.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 78 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 10 rides
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      Jun 21, 2019 @ 6:20pm
      Jun 21, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Dieter And Dave's
      15 miles
      Dave And Dieter's Long Ride
      28 miles

      6 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 sambs827 (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.
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