4 miles
Distance
336 ft
Climb
-1,712 ft
Descent
00:36:53
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Christmas Valley Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • AKA
    Lake Valley Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May-November
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Log Ride, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #9444 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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
More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,376 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,517 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,894 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,894 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,517 ft
  • Grade max
    -61.188%
  • Grade min
    68.797%
  • Distance climb
    3,894 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,039 ft
  • Avg time
    00:36:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:46:12
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Oct 27, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.65 (9 votes)

view (178)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Directions to christmas-valley-trail trailhead (38.760200, -120.003400)
      update trails status or condition

      Christmas Valley... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 9:27am
      Oct 27, 2018
      Aug 13, 2018 @ 4:19pm
      Aug 13, 2018
      Jul 3, 2018 @ 4:05pm
      Jul 3, 2018
      reporter
      Jun 2, 2018 @ 8:15pm
      Jun 2, 2018
      On 31 May, a team of three TAMBA volunteers rode with a chainsaw to clear both of the large trees obstructing the trail. You're welcome.
      Jun 2, 2018 @ 1:39pm
      Jun 2, 2018
      Trees have been removed and trail is clear of snow
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      •  
      6 Months
      • 53 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 271 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      22 |
      Aug 13, 2018 @ 7:31pm
      Aug 13, 2018
      Christmas Valley Trail
      106 |
      Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:23pm
      Mar 20, 2017
      Christmas Valley Trail
      122 |
      Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:23pm
      Mar 20, 2017
      Christmas Valley Trail
      121 |
      Mar 20, 2017 @ 11:23pm
      Mar 20, 2017
      Christmas Valley Trail

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Christmas Valley to Toads
      21 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      more »
      Mtn Bike | Christmas Valley | Tahoe, CA
      2:29 | 97 | Jul 17, 2018 , South Lake Tahoe
      Hawley Grade, Christmas Valley, &...
      182 | Aug 7, 2017 , South Lake Tahoe
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.