5 miles
1,661 ft
-526 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of TRT: Big Meadow to PCT Trail


  • Riding area
    South Lake Tahoe
    South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

This trail begins with rocky technical switchbacks from SR-89, but after that this trail is moderately difficult with rocky sweeping turns through remote forest and the aptly named Big Meadow. After 3 miles Round Lake is a sublime alpine lake and should be savored. Beyond the lake the trail climbs through conglomerate rock features--rare in the Tahoe area. The trail quality briefly degrades because of loose rounded stones but then levels out into a gentle climb to the Pacific Crest Trail. Unfortunately bikes are prohibited on the PCT, but take a moment to hike out to the historic Meiss cabin 500 ft directly west.

This trail has stunning views and is very popular hikers and equestrians. Please be overtly courteous.

This ride is not so much enduro ride as it is xc. There are no fun features to play on although there are some 1 ft rock drops. The trail can be done as out and back or with options to Chirstmas Valley, Hawley Grade, and Mr. Toads.

Access Info

Use the Big Meadow Trailhead parking lot off SR-89 and ride south. The Christmas Valley Trail intersects this trail 0.7 miles shy of Round Lake.

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More Stats for TRT: Big Meadow to PCT mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,136 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,249 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,469 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,249 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,385 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
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on Nov 14, 2017
Snow Covered
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  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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Directions to trt-big-meadow-to-pct trailhead (38.786835, -120.001758)
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TRT: Big Meadow... Trail Reports

Nov 14, 2017 @ 2:40pm
Nov 14, 2017
Jul 15, 2017 @ 9:16pm
Jul 15, 2017
Jul 4, 2017 @ 5:04pm
Jul 4, 2017
A few drifts about one mile before PCT with trees down too making it tough to pick up trail. Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around...
Jul 4, 2017 @ 5:01pm
Jul 4, 2017
Jul 4, 2017 @ 5:01pm
Jul 4, 2017
Patches of snow some 20' across scattered closer to PCT about one mile stretch. Some larger trees down approx 6 or so blocking trail on top of...
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Feb 2, 2015 @ 2:15pm
Feb 2, 2015
TRT: Big Meadow to PCT

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