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Tahoe Rim Trail - Truckee River to Ward Creek

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Rank: #6 in Lake Tahoe
#293 in California
#2,842 Overall
“Some difficult climbing leads to the amazing page Meadow.”
Nick Wilder on Jun 30, 2013
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4.9 Miles Singletrack Type 774’ Ascent -449’ Descent 6,224’ Low 6,996’ High
Overview
1:57 average ride time for 11.1 miles. Details

Description
This trail is marked difficult due to the long steep climb at the beginning. If you are descending, this is an intermediate trail. The upper sections are all beginner-friendly.

This trail has a confusing start - use the MTB Project mobile app to make sure you stay on the route. From the south side of the Truckee River (perhaps starting from the large public parking lot), used the paved path along the river until it turns away. Continue straight, now on an old road that is reverting to dirt. Stay on the river and pass a small creek. Soon after, look for the Tahoe Rim Trail sign to the left and follow that singletrack.

It starts off with nice forested switchbacks, but then starts a relentless, steep, and somewhat loose climb up the valley. If you have a lot of power, and lungs to match, it's rideable. Most people have a walk a ways.

Eventually you top out and have some nice flat riding through the forest until you reach Page Meadow.

The meadow is spectacular, so take your time enjoying the flowers, and the nice trail work that makes it possible to ride here. Check out the spur trails in the area - there are nice loops to be made.

Once through the meadow, the trail continues on through forest down to Ward Creek. You could return this way, but it would be better to retrace your steps. Better yet, just do the Page Meadows Loop!
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May 3
free of snow with exception of a few sections on trails surrounding meadow
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OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
5.0 (2)
Pleasurable but painful snapshot of singletrack in the area.
near Dollar Point, CA
4.3 (4)
A long climb rewarded with some of the best views in all of Tahoe and a great...
near Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
4.0 (1)
This is an easy way to enjoy some singletrack tucked in the forest above Tahoe.
near Dollar Point, CA

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PHOTOS of Tahoe Rim Trail - Truckee River to Ward Creek
 3.7 from 3 votes
Going through Page Meadow (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
On the Tahoe Rim Trail, going through Page Meadow. (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Through Page Meadow (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
The pleasant, flat section of this trail. (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Nearing the end of the steep part. It's much easier on the way down (in... (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Slogging up the steep part (Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA)
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