3.5 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-1,290 ft
Descent
00:31:50
Avg time
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Star Lake Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    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 [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 75 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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Star Lake Trail mountain bike trail 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
    00:31:50
  • Avg reverse time
    01:13:04
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Status:
on Nov 14, 2020
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.35 (12 votes)

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      Star Lake Trail Trail Reports

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      Nov 14, 2020 @ 8:33am
      Nov 14, 2020
      Likely covered in snow for the winter
      Jul 5, 2020 @ 8:56am
      Jul 5, 2020
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 9:22am
      Jun 12, 2020
      Riding great right now! Get after it.
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 4:42pm
      Jun 1, 2020
      Down trees, snow patches only 3/4 mi up trail.
      Feb 4, 2020 @ 12:59pm
      Feb 4, 2020
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 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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      • + 0
      ecod33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 20:57)
       Great shape after the thunderstorms!!
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      • + 1
      WillieB (Oct 28, 2019 at 12:32)
       Super nice and challenging climb. Offers difficulties for fun, but not impossible
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      youtuber Cold Creek and Star Lake Connector (South Lake...
      508 | Aug 14, 2017 , South Lake Tahoe
      Mtn Bike | Star Lake | South Lake Tahoe
      2:02 | 246 | Jul 18, 2018 , South Lake Tahoe
      Star Lake - Raw Stabilized
      406 | Aug 26, 2016 , South Lake Tahoe
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