4.1 miles
Distance
192 ft
Climb
-1,572 ft
Descent
00:36:39
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    , California
  • Ref Number
    #18E05
  • AKA
    Lake Valley Trail, Meiss Meadow/Round Lake Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May-November
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Log Ride, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #9444 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

This is a quintessential Tahoe trail--rocky, periodically technical, and remote. The trail gets its name from the adjacent residential community and parallels a branch of the Upper Truckee River through mature pine forest except for a middle burn section. As a downhill trail it is fast, but punctuated with frequent stairs, tight turns, and rock gardens. For the more adventurous, the climb is a consistent but manageable slope with relentless small rock features. Those who conquer the length of trail are rewarded by two sublime alpine lakes. The first is shy of the Tahoe Rim Trail junction off a westward spur to Dardanelles Lake. The second is Round Lake another 0.7 miles south on the TRT.

To ride this trail as a loop, continue on South Upper Truckee up the steep switchbacks to SR-89. Cross SR-89 and continue on the forest access road 1.1 miles to the Big Meadow trailhead.

Access Info

The lower trailhead is off South Upper Truckee Rd just before the road climbs very steeply to SR-89. The trail terminates into the Tahoe Rim Trail near Round Lake. To access the upper end of the trail, park at the TRT Big Meadow Trailhead and follow the TRT 2.2 miles south through Big Meadow. At the bottom of the only switchback descent, the CVT takes off to the north (right turn).

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,378 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,545 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,938 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,938 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,558 ft
  • Grade
    -6.4%
  • Grade max
    -46.6%
  • Grade min
    33%
  • Distance climb
    2,851 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,976 ft
  • Avg time
    00:36:39
  • Avg reverse time
    01:19:15
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Status:
on Jul 26, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.8 (20 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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      Christmas Valley... Trail Reports

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      Jul 26, 2021 @ 12:31pm
      Jul 26, 2021
      One large tree down on the lower section. Everything else is running great! Dry, but not too dusty or sandy.
      May 16, 2021 @ 1:40pm
      May 16, 2021
      Sep 14, 2020 @ 3:12pm
      Sep 14, 2020
      May 28, 2020 @ 7:07pm
      May 28, 2020
      Clear of trees and snow. There were two "creek" crossing both rideable if you wanted to.
      May 26, 2020 @ 3:02pm
      May 26, 2020
      Trail basically clear as of Friday. Wet in the meadow.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 111 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • 616 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Tahoe Triple Crown
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      Hawley - Christmas Valley Loop
      13 miles
      Christmas Valley to Toads
      21 miles

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      emilita (Aug 7, 2018 at 15:42)
       We had a blast riding this trail, laughing all the way down. Trail varies from techy to flowy and offers a few truly stunning views. Really makes the most of the four miles. Added on an out and back to Scott Lake and an out and back to Round Lake before descending CV and it made for a really great day.
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      • + 1
      mtbingadventures (Aug 13, 2018 at 15:39)
       You can get going really fast down this trail even though it has lots of technical rocky sections. It seems to just have that natural fun downhill factor. I love doing this trail every year.
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      • + 1
      roaminghazard (Oct 16, 2019 at 10:44)
       This trail is an A+ mix of flow, low speed and high speed rock garden jank and steps. Extremely fun as a DH ride.
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      • + 0
      agarbalosa (May 22, 2020 at 23:16)
       Running great at low elevation but several snow patches to go thru as you enter the valley
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      • + 0
      astopeck12 (Jul 28, 2020 at 18:40)
       The ideal loop is to ride up from Big Meadows. Riding up Christmas Valley would be for most mortals, a hike a bike.
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      • + 0
      ashort (Sep 23, 2020 at 14:47)
       Chundery and relatively technical. No real steep sections or features so rated a black for its rock gardens. It does a good job extending the 1,500 vert descent. I looped this going up South Upper Truckee Road and the TRT. Not a great climb with half on a paved road and some hike a bike stairs, but worth the fun descent on Christmas Valley.
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