4.1 miles
336 ft
-1,712 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Christmas Valley Trail


  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Lake Valley Trail
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Log Ride, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking

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).

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More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,376 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.2 miles
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,894 ft
  • Distance down
    2.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,039 ft
  • Avg time
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on Mar 22, 2017
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Christmas Valley... Trail Reports

Mar 22, 2017 @ 9:07am
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