Page Meadows Loop

 9 votes

13.2 Miles 21.3 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

1,171' 357 m

Ascent

-1,171' -357 m

Descent

7,244' 2,208 m

High

6,194' 1,888 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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A nice intermediate loop featuring Page Meadow.

Nick Wilder

Overview

There are many complicated sections of this trail, near the start, around Alpine Meadows, and around Page Meadow. Use the MTB Project mobile app, or you'll probably get lost!

This is a great combination of paved paths, easy dirt roads, and moderately challenging singletrack. It is suitable for intermediate riders, even though part of it is marked "difficult" on the map - that is for the uphill direction, and you'll be going downhill on this ride.

Description

Start in the large public parking area just south of the Truckee River and follow the Truckee River Bike Path over a bridge and along the north side of the river. This part is easy, beautiful, and suitable for all abilities. It's crowded, so don't go too fast or get too distracted by the bikinis... I mean rafters. When you come to the River Run restaurant and Alpine Meadows, turn left and head towards the ski area.

Turn left on Snow Crest Road and climb uphill a while. Before descending, look for a dirt road going off to the left. This is 16N48, which you follow steeply uphill for a while. This first part is rocky, loose, and not very nice, but it's over quickly. It then gently climbs up through dense pine forest with glimpse views of the mountains and Lake Tahoe on much smoother, fast dirt.

After a few miles, you level off and are now in the Page Meadow area, where there are tons of trails. Feel free to explore - they all reconnect eventually, and this area is the highlight of the ride. To follow this route, pass the first left turn option (which leads to Page Meadows) and keep a sharp eye out for another left. It has a "no vehicles" sign but no name. Walk your bike across a short boggy section and you'll soon intersect the Tahoe Rim Trail - Truckee River to Ward Creek.

Turn left and enjoy the spectacular trail through the meadow. Once done, loop around a little more if you like, or if you're ready to return, follow the TRT down a steep singletrack back to the Truckee River, and your car soon after that.

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Sep 3, 2017
Jon Alexander
Scenic route with tough, gravely up hill and mellow, flowy downhill that left me wanting more. Good for short ride to acclimate you to the elevation 15mi — 2h 05m
Sep 1, 2017
Kim Knotts
Aug 13, 2017
Derek Bredl
13.2mi
Jul 3, 2017
Suzanne Cobos
Sep 1, 2016
Chuck Horton
At fork
Aug 12, 2016
Nico Wedekind
14.2mi
Aug 11, 2016
Bryan Fisher
Loved the downhill section 13mi — 3h 30m
Aug 6, 2016
Jim Mz

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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Conditions


Minor Issues 86 days ago
Snowy, Fallen Trees - About a mile or so of patchy snow at the highest elevation that requires some bike portaging. About a half dozen downed trees...
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I did the counter clockwise version and glad I did once I hit painted rock. Once at the top you have incredible views of the lake, but the very rocky conditions took the fun out of the descent to Tahoe City. It is very monotonous with shale, small boulders, lava, everything for miles. Next time, once I hit Painted Rock, I'll turn back to hit Ski Race downhill and avoid the teeth rattling. Jul 18, 2017


None of the trails are marked except for a couple of the TRT junctions, I had to back track a couple times, so definitely want to have the app with you (Google doesn't show most of the trails). The uphill is very tough, rocky and loose, the downhill was fairly flat and fast at times, but left me wanting more. Did the loop in 2:05. Paige meadow is pretty especially early in the day. Sep 4, 2017


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