3 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-1,290 ft
Descent
00:33:05
Avg time
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Star Lake Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    South Lake Tahoe
    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
    Summer, Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #8814 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

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.

More Stats for Star Lake Trail 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
    00:33:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:57:07
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Status:
on Aug 4, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (11 votes)

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  • Icy
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Summit Summit
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      Directions to star-lake-trail-7487 trailhead (38.877250, -119.890200)
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      Star Lake Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 4, 2019 @ 9:22pm
      Aug 4, 2019
      Jul 18, 2019 @ 7:12pm
      Jul 18, 2019
      reporter
      Jul 6, 2019 @ 10:05am
      Jul 6, 2019
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 1:56pm
      Jul 4, 2019
      reporter The trail is in great condition. The first water crossing is a spectacular waterfall, and there's a log across the trail at about head height...
      Jun 17, 2019 @ 9:08am
      Jun 17, 2019
      reporter Snow starts at 8300 feet, about 1.5 miles above high meadow cutoff. https://strava.app.link/TQher0X3AX
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 129 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 374 rides
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      Aug 16, 2019 @ 7:34am
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      Aug 13, 2018 @ 3:07pm
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      Jul 9, 2018 @ 5:34pm
      Jul 9, 2018

      Trail Lists

      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag ecod33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 20:57)
       Great shape after the thunderstorms!!
      [Reply]

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