Riding areaSouth Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California
AKALake Valley Trail
Bike typeAM, XC
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
TTFs on trailLog Ride, Rock Garden
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.
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
More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,376 ft
Altitude min6,517 ft
Altitude max7,894 ft
Altitude start7,894 ft
Altitude end6,517 ft
Distance climb3,894 ft
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat2,039 ft
Avg reverse time00:46:12
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Christmas Valley... Trail Reports
Oct 14, 2017 @ 2:32pmOct 14, 2017
Aug 22, 2017 @ 9:50amAug 22, 2017
|What a fun ride. Great to incorporate this as the finish to the loop of going up Upper Truckee Road to TRT then finishing here. Awesome all around!|
Jun 26, 2017 @ 5:01pmJun 26, 2017
|Trail is all clear pedalling from the bottom up.|
Jun 18, 2017 @ 3:51pmJun 18, 2017
|USFS backcountry crew cleared all downed trees today up to the intersection with the Rim Trail. Some snow patches remain and there are some minor...|
Mar 22, 2017 @ 9:07amMar 22, 2017
|reporter Covered in snow|
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