This trail is planned
8 miles
2,217 ft
-715 ft
1 miles
High Point

Big Chief Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating

The Truckee Trails Foundation is working with the USFS and Northstar California on a 7-mile non-motorized trail connecting the southern tip of the Sawtooth Trail down to Watson Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Construction has begun and we hope to be completed by mid-September. A huge thanks to the National Forest Foundation and REI for making this possible.


Under construction - completion anticipated mid-September

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big Chief Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,502 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,347 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,347 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,849 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,152 ft
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Trail Style
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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 trailhead (39.270230, -120.201330)
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Big Chief Trail Trail Reports

Aug 19, 2018 @ 8:06am
2 days
Going to be a fun trail when it is complete. Some sections should definitely be 1-way only. Watch out for dirt bikes.Quite a variety of terrain.
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Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:38pm
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Big Chief Trail, Reno
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Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:38pm
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Big Chief Trail, Reno
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Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:38pm
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Big Chief Trail, Reno
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Aug 19, 2018 @ 9:37pm
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Big Chief Trail, Reno

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag fasterthaneuw (2 days ago)
 Just rode it yesterday. Started at the Sawtooth parking area and rode up as far as Robie Equestrian Park. Then back down. WOW! Great features for testing your trials skills, fun to ride downhill, great berms and a wild log skinny to try out. In some ways better than Corral Trail. Only downside I see is that climbing it may be a bit hazardous should you encounter shredders coming down from above. Might be better to ascend on the 06 log road, then ride down.
  • + 0
flag tylerc8899 (1 days ago)
 Looks incredible so far. The berms are so fun and smooth. Great work on a great trail. It should probably be a "downhill only" trail with uphill traffic staying on the road to make it the most fun for people coming down (and safer too)

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