Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail

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Rank: #2 in the Lake Tahoe West area
#37 in CA, #315 Overall
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area near South Lake Tahoe,
“A great climb on rocky singletrack up to the meadow - terrific alpine scenery, and a sweet descent.”
Josh Dulberger on May 20, 2013
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10.116.2 milesKilometers 1,711’521 m Ascent 8,061’2,457 m High 6% Avg Grade (4°)
80% Singletrack -1,702’-519 m Descent 6,512’1,985 m Low 23% Max Grade (13°)
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.
Need To Know
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.
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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Challenging loop on the South end of the T.R.T. from highway 89
near South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Super Rad. Very Steep road climb
near South Lake Tahoe, CA
5.0 (1)
A point-to-point ride on a symphony of singletrack will leave your face sore ...
near South Lake Tahoe, CA

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PHOTOS of Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail
  4.3 from 4 votes
Christmas Valley Trail, through an old burn. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Passing through Big Meadow (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Great view from Christmas Valley Trail (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  3.6 from 5 votes
Wildflowers blooming on the TRT (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
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Climbing up Xmas Valley (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  3.5 from 4 votes
The meadow view after the climb and before the descent. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  3.0 from 5 votes
Almost to the bottom of the Christmas Valley Trail. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Through the meadow, one more climb to go. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Some challenging but rideable steps (South Lake Tahoe, CA)