2 miles
537 ft
-377 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Blue Lake Trail

Blue Lake Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Grouse Ridge
    Alta, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    under snow in winter
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Legacy trail in not so good repair into fantastic scenic area and good riding if you're inclined to gnar

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Blue Lake Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    159 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,032 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,264 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,032 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,191 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,563 ft
  • Distance down
    4,021 ft
  • Distance flat
    523 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Aug 27, 2017 @ 12:10pm
Aug 27, 2017
Blue Lake Trail, Nevada City

Routes with this trail

Blue Lake Loop
17 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag hisdudeness47 (Jun 4, 2018 at 8:45)
 I'd consider myself an intermediate rider, and there's certainly some easier sections, mainly towards Blue Lake, but using this trail to connect up to Beyers Lakes was the worst ride of my life. I was hiking/carrying my bike constantly, including parts of this trail. Rocky, muddy, rutted, creek crossings, steep, loose rock/needles. Not fun. I was so exhausted I couldn't even enjoy it on the way down, and got off for rocky/steep sections even coming down because I was solo, on the verge of collapse, and the sun was going down because the ride took so much longer than expected. Needed to be safe. Maybe this is more a function of my fitness level, but I thought I was relatively fit before I did this out and back. Anyway, not very flowy on the way down and not much fun for me. I'll be back for backpacking this though, for the destination (Beyers Lakes) was awesome. This will be the first and last time I ride this, but I'll absolutely be back to backpack.

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