3 miles
Distance
839 ft
Climb
-204 ft
Descent
00:22:57
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Log Ride
  • Global Ranking
    #13057 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Reworked and rebuilt between 2009 and 2010 this trail follows alongside its name sake Cold Creek for nearly 1,400 vertical feet over roughly 5 miles. The lower section approximately 3.6 miles long is suitable for beginner to intermediate riders but as you get into the upper section the level of technical riding increases.

The trail begins at a utility district pump station and follows a sewer line access road for nearly a mile until single track picks up and climbs to Powerline Trail. Cold Creek Trail makes a quick dogleg to the left and continues along Cold Creek. The trail crosses a number of ephemeral streams and travels through pine, fir, and aspen forest. This lower section of trail "terminates" at a plastic forest service trail marker. From here it is possible to cross Cold Creek and pickup a forest service road that also roughly parallels the creek or continue to the upper section of Cold Creek Trail.

NOTE: one of the objectives when rebuilding the trail was to slow rider speeds and reduce unpleasant hiker/biker interactions. This is a favorite hiking trail for many locals. Please monitor your speed, do not shortcut the trail, and be overtly courteous when encountering hikers or equestrians.

Access Info

The trail begins at a utility district pump station off the east side of Pioneer Trail (road) between High Meadow Road and Black Bart/Cold Creek Trail (road). However, parking is very limited (2 or 3 cars) and most people skip the very lowest section of this trail because parking and access is easier from Powerline Trail. To access Cold Creek Trail from Powerline Trail, drive up High Meadow Road and either park at the end of the pavement or continue up the gravel forest access road to the terminal parking area. Powerline Trail leaves the parking area to the north. After a quarter mile the trail crosses Cold Creek and Cold Creek Trail is found on the north side of the bridge.

The end of lower Cold Creek Trail is rather indistinct, but is marked by a small vertical plastic forest service trail marker. This is also the only place along the trail that one can cross Cold Creek and continue on the High Meadow forest access road.

More Stats for Lower Cold Creek Trail (18E06) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    635 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,292 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,953 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,292 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,927 ft
  • Grade
    4.679%
  • Grade max
    -15.621%
  • Grade min
    26.798%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3,388 ft
  • Distance flat
    771 ft
  • Avg time
    00:22:57
  • Avg reverse time
    00:14:00
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Status:
on Jul 24, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (10 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
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  • 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
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      Lower Cold Creek... Trail Reports

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      Jul 24, 2019 @ 2:27pm
      Jul 24, 2019
      Very dry except the creek crossings. Starting to become loose and dusty in areas.
      Jun 1, 2019 @ 8:31am
      Jun 1, 2019
      May 21, 2019 @ 8:40pm
      May 21, 2019
      ready to ride. -- TAMBA
      Apr 24, 2019 @ 6:47pm
      Apr 24, 2019
      I rode from power line down. Still some big patches of snow, some pretty deep. Should be good to go in 2-3 weeks
      Apr 24, 2018 @ 9:24pm
      Apr 24, 2018
      reporter Clear
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 3 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 15 miles avg distance
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