3 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-1,290 ft
Descent
00:32:05
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Star Lake Connector Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • AKA
    Star Lake Trail
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #6430

A well-constructed trail connecting Star Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Cold Creek/High Meadow area. The trail features a few brief technical challenges, but is generally a smooth twisty trail on rock and decomposed granite. The uphill ride is occasionally challenging, but very reasonable. There are two perennial creek crossings and Star Lake is a quintessential high alpine lake. Due to the elevation of this trail, it is one of the last to open in the spring.

Access Info

The lower trailhead is accessed from the summit of the forest service's High Meadow Rd. Turn south on to the sandy logging road for approximately a mile until it dead-ends into the Star Lake Connector Trail. From the end of the Cold Creek Trail, turn south, cross Cold Creek, and continue up the very gentle grade to the summit of High Meadow Rd. There are plenty of forest service trail signs to help.

The upper trailhead is just north of the Star Lake outfall. The TRT crosses the outfall of the lake and does a short climb up rock stairs before continuing to Monument Pass. The Star Lake Connector Trail departs the TRT just before the rock stairs and immediately, but gently begins descending.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Star Lake Connector Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,129 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,995 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,126 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,126 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,998 ft
  • Grade
    -6.155%
  • Grade max
    -106.318%
  • Grade min
    43.18%
  • Distance climb
    2,611 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,204 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:57:07
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Status:
on Aug 22, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (9 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to star-lake-connector-trail trailhead (38.877250, -119.890200)
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Star Lake... Trail Reports

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Aug 22, 2018 @ 9:49pm
Aug 22, 2018
Fun ride. Beautiful.
Jul 17, 2018 @ 7:24am
Jul 17, 2018
Riding well. Creeks are still running strong
Jul 1, 2018 @ 11:23am
Jul 1, 2018
Good all the way to the top.
May 22, 2018 @ 10:47am
May 22, 2018
Apr 24, 2018 @ 11:12pm
Apr 24, 2018
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Aug 29, 2018 @ 12:07pm
Aug 29, 2018
Star Lake Connector Trail
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Aug 13, 2018 @ 3:07pm
Aug 13, 2018
Star Lake Connector Trail
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Jul 9, 2018 @ 5:34pm
Jul 9, 2018
Star Lake Connector Trail
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Jul 9, 2018 @ 5:34pm
Jul 9, 2018
Star Lake Connector Trail

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag TahoeOrange (Oct 17, 2014 at 8:08)
 One of the best trails in the South Lake Tahoe basin. Make the time to ride this trail if you're visiting south shore.
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  • + 0
flag ecod33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 20:57)
 Great shape after the thunderstorms!!
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