6 miles
947 ft
-947 ft
Avg time
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Lake Alpine Loop Details

  • Riding Area
    Bear Valley
    Bear Valley, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
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  • Land Manager

Even though this is listed as an intermediate ride, there are sections that require some technical skills. You must be willing to walk your bike through sections that you cannot ride without sliding. There is also a difficult creek crossing on the Lake Alpine outlet. There is a bridge across the creek, but it requires a difficult bike push over some granite sections. Highlights include views of Lake Alpine, and the Carson Wilderness Area. Overall, this is a fun, technically challenging singletrack route that is great for intermediate and advanced riders alike.
PARKING: The start/stop point for this loop has limited parking. There is much more and better parking for this trail at the east end of Lake Alpine. From there it is an easy, paved 1/4 mile up the Silver Valley Trailhead Connector to Loop Trail. Another good spot to park is also at the east end of Lake Alpine. Continue east from the lake up Hwy 4 about 1/4 mile to the first large pullout on the right. This is where the Loop crosses Hwy 4 and the trail can be ridden either direction for a 6 mile round trip.

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More Stats for Lake Alpine Loop bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,267 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,803 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,556 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,557 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,242 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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Lake Alpine Loop Trail Reports

Oct 25, 2018 @ 7:15pm
Oct 25, 2018
reporter This loop is now complete for a 6 mile round trip and no paved roads, only single track.
Apr 25, 2018 @ 6:04pm
Apr 25, 2018
reporter Mostly snow covered until early May ???
Jul 6, 2017 @ 8:24am
Jul 6, 2017
May be a few patches of snow and a downed tree or two.
Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:00am
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 6, 2017 @ 1:49pm
Jun 6, 2017
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