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Sawtooth Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (38)

A beginner/intermediate ride with easy access from downtown Truckee.


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Map Key

8.5

Miles

13.6

KM

Singletrack

6,477' 1,974 m

High

6,192' 1,887 m

Low

608' 185 m

Up

525' 160 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

The FS06 road is closed in winter; the trails are good before the road opens in the spring.

Description

Sawtooth is a beginner/intermediate trail with easy access from downtown Truckee. The route listed here is the 'standard' Sawtooth route, but there are many different variations available. There is little vertical gain/loss on this trail, but it is not as fast and flowy as you would expect due to the abundance of rocks. Sawtooth is great, low consequence training for Tahoe's plethora of rock gardens.

Access to the Sawtooth trail system is from the FS06 fire road off of Thelin Dr. in Sierra Meadows neighborhood. Park in the pullout on the right hand side of the road. There is signage for the start of the trail.

0-1.08: Start out on flat singletrack, cross a fire road at .25. The section after the fire road is one of the more rocky sections which ends in a beautiful overlook of Hwy 89, Squaw Valley, and Castle Peak.
1.08-1.97: The terrain starts to gently undulate after the overlook and comes to an intersection at 1.97; go right at the signed intersection.
1.97-3.37: A fun but short and rocky downhill leads to more gently rolling terrain. There is a three-way split at 3.37, the right leads to another overlook of Hwy 89 and Squaw Valley, the left continues on the Sawtooth and makes the only seasonal stream crossing.
3.37-4.74: More gently rolling terrain takes you to the southernmost part of the Sawtooth at a well signed crossing of the FS06 road.
4.74-5.98: The 'backside' of the Sawtooth is more flowy and less rocky than the 'frontside'. From the intersection with the FS06 road, ride fast and flowy terrain, avoiding the left turn that follows the powerline. This section winds through the woods and continues over a fire road. There is a 4-way singletrack intersection at 5.98; continue straight for Sawtooth, or go right to the "2 Beavers and a Bear" and "2 Bridges" trails.

Contacts

Shared By:

Thomas Page with improvements by Ashley Seaward and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 38 votes

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Sawtooth, looking west.
Jul 18, 2019 near Truckee, CA
SawTooth. A fun little trail, a local favorite.
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Truckee, Ca
Jun 27, 2013 near Truckee, CA
Sawtooth Trail
Jul 18, 2019 near Truckee, CA
Can be rocky or soft forest floor.
Jul 18, 2019 near Truckee, CA
Sawtooth Trail
Jul 18, 2019 near Truckee, CA
Sawtooth Trail
Jul 18, 2019 near Truckee, CA

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Jun 17, 2020
Matt Carp
May 4, 2020
Andrew Lawrence
17.1mi — 2h 26m
Sep 26, 2019
Paul Williams
Sep 22, 2019
Dan Hirschnitz
Sep 22, 2019
colin mac
Aug 29, 2019
Ron Mccarty
Jul 20, 2019
Scott Hays
Dogs are allowed on trail. 8mi
Jul 20, 2019
Jessica Botts
10.6mi — 2h 35m