1.6 miles
Distance
-801 ft
Descent
00:14:05
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Cold Creek (Upper) Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Powerline
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Ref Number
    #18E06
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May-November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #2473 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33370 in Trail Running
    • #7025 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner
    USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Upper Cold Creek Trail begins easy and gets progressively more challenging until the final problem is unrideable (in the uphill direction). But along the way, riders get to see amazing rock work, an aspen grove, ferns, and small waterfalls. The real treat is coming down where expert riders can clean the entire trail, but beginners will want to walk.

This trail terminates in the aptly named High Meadow with views of Monument Peak to the north, and Freel Peak and Job's Sister to the south. The meadow itself was the object of a multi-million dollar, multi-year restoration to remove artifacts from cattle grazing operations.

Access Info

Upper Cold Creek Trail is a continuation from Lower Cold Creek Trail and terminates in High Meadow.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Cold Creek Trail (Upper) multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -801 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,953 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,754 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,754 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,952 ft
  • Grade
    -9.4%
  • Grade max
    -44.4%
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    597 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:42:26
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on Jul 22, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.85 (15 votes)
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      Cold Creek Trail... Trail Reports

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      Jul 22, 2022 @ 7:06pm
      Jul 22, 2022
      Always difficult upper. Part but worth it on the lower.
      Jun 11, 2022 @ 3:50pm
      Jun 11, 2022
      May 31, 2022 @ 5:01pm
      May 31, 2022
      May 5, 2022 @ 3:51pm
      May 5, 2022
      Few snow patches at the top but it's a go!
      Apr 7, 2022 @ 6:20pm
      Apr 7, 2022
      Make it 1.5 mi untill the snow became impassable
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 153 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,877 rides
      • Last: Aug 25, 2022

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      Jul 11, 2020 @ 6:19pm
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      May 25, 2020 @ 2:02pm
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      May 1, 2020 @ 1:53pm
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      135 |
      Oct 13, 2019 @ 7:33pm
      Oct 13, 2019

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      GBeard (Jul 2, 2022 at 1:41)
      Whoever keeps cutting B-Lines in the trail please stop. If you can't ride it, walk it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      brattydan (May 6, 2021 at 18:43)
      May 5,2021 good to go up to high meadows.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      deln78 (Aug 5, 2019 at 8:25)
      Very cool trail (in the downhill direction, does not make sense to ride uphill). Most of it is fast, flowy, and easy, but it is interrupted by some rocky sections, and one particularly difficult rock jumble (shown in some photos on this page), though this is easy to walk over.
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      Cold Creek Trail / South Lake Tahoe, CA / MTB
      12:52 | 102 | Jul 11, 2022 , South Lake Tahoe
      Mountain Biking Brown Pow on Cold Creek Trail
      4:53 | 146 | Jul 6, 2021 , South Lake Tahoe
      How To Mountain Bike Cold Creek Trail
      20:42 | 458 | Jul 6, 2020 , South Lake Tahoe
      Lake Tahoe - Monument and TRT High Meadows
      13:22 | 298 | Sep 15, 2019 , South Lake Tahoe
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