5 miles
Distance
273 ft
Climb
-2,586 ft
Descent
00:46:03
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Saxon /Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (18E13) Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • AKA
    Saxon Creek Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • 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 [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Saxon Trail/Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (18E13) bike 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
    00:46:03
  • Avg reverse time
    00:02:15
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Aug 20, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.9 (22 votes)

view (563)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
      Directions to saxon-trail-mr-toad-s-wild-ride-18e13 trailhead (38.814930, -119.963410)
      update trails status or condition

      Saxon Trail/Mr.... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 20, 2019 @ 11:23am
      1 days
      Large dead tree down across trail, blocking trail at the start of the concrete berm.
      Aug 11, 2019 @ 7:36am
      Aug 11, 2019
      Only one downed tree (before the rock garden near the top). The stairs are very sandy, but rideable.
      Aug 5, 2019 @ 1:02am
      Aug 5, 2019
      As the other report mentioned there are a few trees down. Just a heads up - Watch out for the downed tree a little bit before you hit the stair...
      Aug 2, 2019 @ 9:33pm
      Aug 2, 2019
      2 trees down as of July 31st.
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 9:09am
      Jul 14, 2019
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 18 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 135 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 592 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      5 |
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 5:35pm
      Aug 15, 2019
      17 |
      Jul 28, 2019 @ 5:38pm
      Jul 28, 2019
      8 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:27am
      Jul 25, 2019
      13 |
      Jul 24, 2019 @ 8:45pm
      Jul 24, 2019

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      more »
      titleratingdistance
      Tahoe Triple Crown
      25 miles
      Mr. Toads Loop
      19 miles
      89 through Toads
      9 miles
      Christmas Valley to Toads
      21 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      more »
      youtuber Mr. Toads Wild Ride - Big Meadows - South Lake...
      16:40 | 213 | Aug 24, 2017 , South Lake Tahoe
      youtuber Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Mountain Biking Saxon...
      16:31 | 567 | Jul 18, 2018 , South Lake Tahoe
      youtuber Toads Wildride Part 2 (South Lake Tahoe, CA)...
      387 | Oct 18, 2017 , South Lake Tahoe
      youtuber Toads Wild Ride (Mountain Bike Trail)
      750 | Apr 18, 2017 , South Lake Tahoe
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.