2 miles
114 ft
-857 ft
1 miles
High Point


  • Riding Area
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #8095 in Mountain Biking

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.

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More Stats for Big Chief Trail: Upper bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -743 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,106 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,849 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,106 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,063 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    628 ft
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on Nov 18, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to big-chief-trail-upper trailhead (39.229590, -120.145840)
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Big Chief Trail:... Trail Reports

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.
Nov 9, 2018 @ 10:18am
Nov 9, 2018
It goes and is awesome!
Oct 14, 2018 @ 1:06pm
Oct 14, 2018
Despite rumors that this trail is completed, it is still under construction. There is still about 1/2 mile left before this trail connects to the...
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2 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!
  • + 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.

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