4 miles
Distance
192 ft
Climb
-1,572 ft
Descent
00:35:55
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
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • 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
    80 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).

More Stats for Christmas Valley Trail bike 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
    00:35:55
  • Avg reverse time
    00:46:12
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Status:
on Oct 20, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.8 (14 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to christmas-valley-trail trailhead (38.760190, -120.003400)
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      Christmas Valley... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 3:32pm
      1 days
      reporter Excellent conditions.
      Sep 8, 2019 @ 9:06am
      Sep 8, 2019
      reporter All clear and riding well.
      Jul 6, 2019 @ 9:58am
      Jul 6, 2019
      Running great
      Jun 11, 2019 @ 9:48pm
      Jun 11, 2019
      Over ten down trees removed today and the trail is clear of down trees up to juncture with TRT: Big Meadow trail. Still a good amount of snow...
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 9:27am
      Oct 27, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 132 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 271 rides
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      Photos

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      3 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]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

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