5,197 ft
Distance
55 ft
Climb
-870 ft
Descent
00:25:59
Avg time
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Church Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Mountain Bike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Angora
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Ref Number
    #17E37
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #86477 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Steep and absurdly technical alpine-style trail dropping from Angora Lakes trailhead down to Fallen Leaf. Upper half is mostly rideable by a skilled rider, while the lower portion can be cleared only by a select few. Odds are better for you if you have solid trials technique. Mandatory hike-a-bike uphill.

Access Info

Begins between the upper and lower Angora Lakes parking lot and ends at the Fallen Leaf Chapel adjacent to the Fallen Leaf Fire House.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Church Trail hike trail
  • Altitude change
    -815 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,395 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,248 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,210 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,395 ft
  • Grade
    -15.676%
  • Grade max
    -59.123%
  • Grade min
    22.664%
  • Distance climb
    850 ft
  • Distance down
    4,106 ft
  • Distance flat
    242 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:11
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Status:
on Aug 16, 2020
Dry
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • Ideal
  • 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
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      Church Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 16, 2020 @ 8:17pm
      Aug 16, 2020
      Trail's as good as it ever is: gnarly, super-steep, technical, and rocky, all the way down!
      Feb 4, 2020 @ 12:56pm
      Feb 4, 2020
      reporter
      Feb 4, 2020 @ 12:46pm
      Feb 4, 2020
      reporter
      Feb 4, 2020 @ 12:40pm
      Feb 4, 2020
      reporter
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 2:28pm
      Jul 25, 2019
      This trail is gnarly. Rode it for the first time today. I thought the rock gardens were harder than toads
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 23, 2020 @ 8:43am
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      Jun 23, 2020 @ 8:42am
      Jun 23, 2020

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag NVJAY775 (Sep 29, 2018 at 8:23)
       Super fun technical descent for skilled riders, or riders looking to better their technical descending skills.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag TOOnaturalproductions2N (Nov 6, 2018 at 9:50)
       super fun , rowdy rock sections all the way down, loose slate , technical, pick lines wisely!!!!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag ModifyYourMind (Jun 11, 2020 at 18:51)
       Im not sure this should be attempted on a bike- insanely steep, loose at times, and very narrow!
      The views are incredible, but i would consider hiking instead
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag sklangdog (Aug 16, 2020 at 20:16)
       I first rode this one 5+ years back on my uncle's ultralight bike. It was full suspension, but carbon fiber frame... I felt like I was going to break his bike the whole way down so I walked all the hairy spots. Which is to say, 90% of the trail! This time I took my own much burlier DH bike, a Specialized Stumpjumper with 3" tires, and I was able to ride (most of) the trail. But yeah, it's a super technical descent with steep, rocky, tight, constrained lines the entire time. Lots of fun but know what you're getting in to!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag BriznBrizn (Aug 30, 2020 at 20:30)
       Tough ride. Very steep. Sharp slate rock staircase the whole way down.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag jared1156 (Sep 20, 2020 at 13:22)
       Ultra tech, the top section is doable if you're a well versed rider, bottom is where it gets interesting. Slate/ loose shell all the way down/staircase steps. I went over the handlebars I won't lie, but anyone who is looking for some gnar, here it lies!
      [Reply]

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