2 miles
Distance
686 ft
Climb
-122 ft
Descent
1 miles
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Details

  • Riding Area
    Sugar Pine
    Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
    #94540 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 30 in E-Biking
    • 30 in Trail Running
    • 30 in Hiking

Lost Lake is a tough trail with a gorgeous, swimmable alpine lake as a reward. This is not for the faint of heart or lung. The trail, where it turns off General Creek trail is an old jeep road with a road to trail conversion. The first 1/2 mile has a few pitches of hike a bike, then the trail mellows out and is rideable to the lakes. There are actually two lakes out here. Duck Lake (usually filled with Lily pads, and Lost Lake. Lost Lake is a gem. There are a few deep spots for skinny dipping, but much of the lake is shallow.
This best flows from Richardson Lake side. As locals, we usually ride from Barker Pass to Richardson Lake, then drop into Sugar Pine via Lost Lake/General Creek. General Creek also has about a 5 minute hike a bike section (downhill). You can also access Lost Lake Trail from Sugar Pine Campground, or by riding out the Rubicon Trail. Rubicon Trail has some very challenging cobble sections heading west.

Note- I've been clearing the trees from Lost Lake/General Creek for years now. Last time I did the saw work was 2016. Will try to do another pass in Summer 2019.

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More Stats for Lost Lake Trail (East) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    565 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,099 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,101 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,666 ft
  • Grade
    6.05%
  • Grade max
    -12.859%
  • Grade min
    31.084%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2,452 ft
  • Distance flat
    842 ft
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      Lost Lake Trail... Trail Reports

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      Aug 19, 2018 @ 4:03pm
      Aug 19, 2018
      Lots of down trees, didn’t make it to the lake
      Nov 17, 2017 @ 8:14am
      Nov 17, 2017
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      Aug 19, 2018 @ 4:03pm
      Aug 19, 2018
      Lost Lake Trail (East)

      1 Review & Comments

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      flag verunga (Jun 11, 2018 at 8:56)
       Very steep and rocky loose uphill. We made it half way then came back, too much pushing bikes uphill. Lots of trees down too so you will mostly push and hike your bike. Downhill was rideable if you are a skilled rider.
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