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
Jun 2, 2018 @ 8:15pmJun 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 @ 1:39pmJun 2, 2018
|Trees have been removed and trail is clear of snow|
May 24, 2018 @ 8:38pmMay 24, 2018
|Reposted to correct: Two big trees down that will require chainsaws to remove. One located at 38.76531, -120.00671 and second at 38.77219, -120.01202.|
May 24, 2018 @ 8:07pmMay 24, 2018
|Two big trees down that will require chainsaws. Located at 38.76531, -120.00671 and 38.77219, -120.01202|
May 20, 2018 @ 11:08pmMay 20, 2018
|Meadow and beginning of climb are pretty muddy still with one big snow patch near the top. One tree down above big Meadow and three on Xmas Valley...|
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