4.9 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-2,586 ft
Descent
00:43:49
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Meyers
    , California
  • Ref Number
    #18E13
  • AKA
    Saxon Creek Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Log Ride, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #551 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking

An iconic rocky, technical and fun descent, this trail gives advanced riders a satisfyingly long 6 mile downhill. Plunging through towering forests and boulders on the upper sections then giving way to fast, banked turns on the lower sections. Bring your longer-travel bike.

Access Info

For being an essential downhill ride, Mr. Toad's is a challenge to access. One must ride the Tahoe Rim Trail either 5.1 miles south from Armstrong Pass, or 4.3 miles north from the Big Meadow trailhead parking lot. There is a variation on the northern route that cuts off 1.2 miles of the TRT; look for a TRT spur trailhead on the south side of SR-89 just as the highway levels out near the summit of Luther Pass. Limited roadside parking is available at the spur trailhead.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Saxon Creek Trail (Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,312 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,515 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,830 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,830 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,518 ft
  • Grade
    -8.957%
  • Grade max
    -44.163%
  • Grade min
    30.128%
  • Distance climb
    4,076 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,733 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:49
  • Avg reverse time
    01:55:40
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Status:
on Jun 14, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.95 (35 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Saxon Creek... Trail Reports

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      Jun 14, 2021 @ 10:16am
      Jun 14, 2021
      Trail is clear and rideable top to bottom.
      Jun 10, 2021 @ 6:04pm
      Jun 10, 2021
      May 8, 2021 @ 2:57pm
      May 8, 2021
      Few weeks to go still.
      Nov 14, 2020 @ 8:24am
      Nov 14, 2020
      Snow covered for the winter
      Nov 3, 2020 @ 12:26pm
      Nov 3, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 29 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 98 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,208 rides
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      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      35 miles

      12 Reviews & Comments

      • + 4
      bkxc (Jul 9, 2018 at 15:20)
       It's a classic for a reason. So many great challenges in the top section and tons of flowy fun in the bottom section.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      vonslick (Jul 12, 2018 at 15:24)
       A couple of tools put some logs mid-stairs seemingly on purpose... who does that? Other than that trail was dusty and loose and fun. Not a soul on my entire loop today, which was niceSmile
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Joshbibbee (Jul 29, 2019 at 22:08)
       This is by far the hardest trail I’ve rode in NorCal. Even though I went OTB on the steepest rock garden, this truly is so worth it.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Tonedelove (Jul 30, 2019 at 8:55)
       Great ride! Did the big loop which is A LOT of climbing at altitude. DH is technical, but I held my own on a Tallboy with 110mm of rear travel so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a monster bike.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      WillieB (Sep 11, 2019 at 11:31)
       Brutal downhill
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      WillieB (Jun 17, 2020 at 8:41)
       But damn its so good! This trail is also extremely aptly named...
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      2d-cutout (Nov 4, 2019 at 18:46)
       One of my favourite trails in a month of riding in different locations. Seriously fast and fun, with some Whistler-esque double black tech thrown in before going back to crazy fast flow again. Absolutely recommended, but you'll benefit from a bigger travel bike if you want to get sendy.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      SlideReady (Jun 14, 2020 at 12:40)
       DO NOT RIDE UP TOAD'S

      Lots of loose, blind corners and you're endangering yourself and others by going against the flow of traffic
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      DrHog (Jul 29, 2020 at 1:06)
       THE place to build and test your technical descending skills, at least for Tahoe. If you’re wondering if this trail is for you, go ride Christmas Valley. If you can handle and enjoy that, this is the next step up the ladder.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      christianreed (Sep 10, 2020 at 10:19)
       I did this as a 3400’ / 20mi loop from Saxon Creek parking area, up Sidewinder, Fountain Road, Armstrong Pass, TRT, Mr Toads.

      I wasn’t sure what to expect from this trail, but ultimately it’s a dual personality trail, with challenging rock gardens at the top, and fast/flowy loose dirt at the bottom. All the challenging stuff is walkable, so my concerns about riding solo were unfounded.

      Were I to ride again, I’d want to shuttle, as it’s a big climb. Lacking a shuttle, the Saxon Creek Sidewinder area looks like a fun place to loop.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      nevaska (Dec 30, 2020 at 16:43)
       favorite go-fast downhill in tahoe. trying to clean the upper boulders is still a challenge
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mrwup (May 30, 2021 at 15:23)
       Still snowy at the top steep section and a little bit after it levels out. Maybe like 3/4 or 2/3 of trail is free of snow
      [Reply]

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      Videos

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