4,373 ft
Distance
9 ft
Climb
-346 ft
Descent
00:14:20
Avg time

Mother Lode (Upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Tahoe Donner
    Truckee, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #23257 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #18593 in Trail Running
    • #16105 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Tahoe Donner Association

New for 2018, the upper section of Mother Lode drops from the top of Hawk's Peak along steep trail and some very tight, rock-armored switchbacks.

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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mother Lode (Upper) bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -337 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,377 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,718 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,715 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,379 ft
  • Grade
    -7.7%
  • Grade max
    -30.2%
  • Grade min
    6.4%
  • Distance climb
    282 ft
  • Distance down
    3,957 ft
  • Distance flat
    135 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:20
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:08
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Status:
on Jun 26, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Mother Lode (Upper) Trail Reports

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      Jun 26, 2022 @ 2:20pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      Jun 18, 2022 @ 4:46pm
      Jun 18, 2022
      Just one short patch of snow
      May 27, 2022 @ 8:38pm
      May 27, 2022
      Cannot be ridden. Trail is lost in snow. Needs another 2-4 weeks
      Nov 28, 2021 @ 4:14pm
      Nov 28, 2021
      Too wet. Snow. Mud. Standing water. Not recommended.
      Sep 11, 2021 @ 9:58am
      Sep 11, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 22 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 66 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,329 rides
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      Jun 27, 2022 @ 8:19pm
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      1 |
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 8:18pm
      2 days
      101 |
      Sep 7, 2020 @ 9:00pm
      Sep 7, 2020
      140 |
      Jul 22, 2019 @ 8:24am
      Jul 22, 2019

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      Tahoe Donner Trails: Mother Lode & True Grit
      11:24 | 371 | Aug 9, 2020 , Truckee
      Mother Lode Lower - Tahoe Donner Mountain Bike...
      3:38 | 617 | Jul 24, 2019 , Truckee
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