4.1 miles
Distance
192 ft
Climb
-1,572 ft
Descent
00:34:14
Avg time
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Meiss Country
    Meyers, 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
    #4668 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #25432 in Trail Running
    • #21103 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS

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).

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail multi-use 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
    00:34:14
  • Avg reverse time
    01:20:24
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on Jul 3, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.8 (20 votes)
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      Christmas Valley... Trail Reports

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      Jul 3, 2022 @ 7:07am
      Jul 3, 2022
      Jun 8, 2022 @ 11:34am
      Jun 8, 2022
      No snow patches, incredible dirt from recent storms.
      Jun 2, 2022 @ 11:36am
      Jun 2, 2022
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:57pm
      May 23, 2022
      Several rideable snow patches up top that will be gona in a matter of days.
      Aug 14, 2021 @ 3:26pm
      Aug 14, 2021
      Large tree down across trail, blocking trail at 2.1 miles
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 10 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 145 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 870 rides
      • Last: Aug 12, 2022

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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      bkxc (Jul 22, 2022 at 7:57)
      Solid and surprising ride! 11 miles and 2,000 feet of climbing for the whole loop make for a nice little ride. Definitely worth going out and back to Round Lake and having a snack on the water. Surprised I hadn't really heard much about this one!

      We found a killer private roadside spot at the Luther Pass campground area so we started and finished our ride there. But the parking lot at the bottom of Christmas Valley is where most will start / finish the ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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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      • + 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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      • + 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
      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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