Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail

 9 votes

10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers

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Singletrack

1,711' 521 m

Ascent

-1,702' -519 m

Descent

8,061' 2,457 m

High

6,512' 1,985 m

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6%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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8,061' 2,457 m

High

6,512' 1,985 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

A great climb on rocky singletrack up to the meadow - terrific alpine scenery, and a sweet descent.

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Dogs allowed (it's Tahoe)
Head to the Big Meadow Camprground on 89 (just past the intersection with S. Upper Truckee Road), a few miles south of Meyers at a big bend in the road. Coming from Meyers, park in one of many pullouts, then you'll pick up the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) on the right, across the street from the campground. There's a reasonable amount of climbing for some terrific singletrack downhill.

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A shuttle would be nice, but not necessary. Some do the Christmas Trail as an out-and-back, but the TRT is probably a nicer climb and makes a good loop.

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Pick up the TRT across the road from the Big Meadow Campground.

TRT starts rocky and technical, but mellows out some after about half a mile. Continue up to the meadow, stay right at the trailhead, then climb for another mile or so. The trail eventually summits and begins some switchbacks with excellent alpine views. Follow this to an intersection for trails leading to the Lakes, do an out and back by going left, or take the trail to the right (Lk Valley) for the Christmas Valley Trail.

The Christmas Valley Trail is excellent - rocky at times, technical, but generally rideable with low consequences. It's well worth the climb and goes for quite a while. When you get out of the singletrack, it's a bit of a climb on the road back to the parking area.

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Aug 23, 2016
Marc Emmett
Jun 3, 2015
Brian Johnson
Started at the end of Xmas Valley Trail, climbed the paved road through the campground to access the TRT to top out before heading down CVT. 8mi
Jun 30, 2013
Tony Stout
Got all screwed up and turned around. My GPS told me I was in the wrong spot and I rode the paved climb out twice. Downhill was really fun though. 9mi
May 20, 2013
Jason Lampenrider
A few bits of hike-a-bike on the initial climb. Populated with hikers, so make noise on your descent.
Aug 19, 2007
CJ Clack

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  4.4 from 9 votes

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All Clear on Aug 24, 2016
Dry - Great fast downhill. Technical start uphill through rock garden. Pick your lines wisely
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