3.5 miles
Distance
1,125 ft
Climb
-15 ft
Descent
00:35:14
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Star Lake Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Star Lake Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Freel High Country
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Ref Number
    #18E01
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #7060 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #74420 in Trail Running
    • #10725 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Star Lake Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,110 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,993 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,104 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,994 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,104 ft
  • Grade
    6.1%
  • Grade max
    -6.1%
  • Grade min
    33.1%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    853 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,102 ft
  • Avg time
    00:35:14
  • Avg reverse time
    01:14:27
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on Jul 19, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (12 votes)
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      Star Lake Trail Trail Reports

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      Jul 19, 2022 @ 9:11am
      Jul 19, 2022
      A few blown out sections, with soft dirt.
      Jul 4, 2022 @ 2:11pm
      Jul 4, 2022
      Jun 4, 2022 @ 9:08pm
      Jun 4, 2022
      Trail was wide open with one or two snow patches but all rideable.
      Jun 3, 2021 @ 6:32am
      Jun 3, 2021
      A couple of rideable snow patches. Two trees down that you need to walk over. Rideable in both directions.
      May 30, 2021 @ 2:41pm
      May 30, 2021
      Lots of snow patches and some downed trees but rideable. Wouldnt want to climb it right now though
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 125 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 894 rides
      • Last: Aug 11, 2022

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      Jul 27, 2022 @ 9:38am
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      Aug 8, 2021 @ 1:38pm
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      Aug 1, 2021 @ 10:15pm
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      WillieB (Oct 28, 2019 at 12:32)
      Super nice and challenging climb. Offers difficulties for fun, but not impossible
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ecod33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 20:57)
      Great shape after the thunderstorms!!
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      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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      youtuber Cold Creek and Star Lake Connector (South Lake...
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      Star Lake Trail / South Lake Tahoe, CA / MTB
      17:14 | 37 | Jul 8, 2022 , South Lake Tahoe
      Mtn Bike | Star Lake | South Lake Tahoe
      2:02 | 353 | Jul 18, 2018 , South Lake Tahoe
      Star Lake - Raw Stabilized
      503 | Aug 26, 2016 , South Lake Tahoe
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