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Cold Creek Trail #18E06

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 4.7 (12)

Flowy singletrack on granite and silt covered granite. Expert sections at the top.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Singletrack

7,761' 2,366 m

High

6,569' 2,002 m

Low

1' 0 m

Up

1,193' 364 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

Use High Meadows Road (FSR 12N21) and the High Meadows Jeep Road to reach the start of this singletrack. It starts at the top of this path in a beautiful mountain meadow. The trail is on the left shortly after crossing a small creek (Cold Creek). This is a very picturesque scene and I suggest you stop to take in the view. The trail then follows the creek down the valley.

The beginning of this path is nice and easy flowy singletrack through the trees, but quickly becomes more difficult. The top sections are expert, and in some cases require a capable trail or downhill bike and rider. As a cross-country rider or intermediate rider, multiple upper sections will require some walking.

The trail mellows out about 1/3 way down and its flowy singletrack spotted with some large rocks/medium sized drops and banked corners. Great intermediate riding. A couple of small jumps also spot this section of trail. Halfway down is a cut over to High Meadows Jeep Road, don't go here or you'll miss out on a great section of trail.

The trail splits at the bottom to Power Line Trail #18E33 to the right and left back to High Meadows Road (FSR 12N21).

Watch out for walkers or riders coming up. There can be lots of people with dogs, so be aware.

This trail can also be ridden up and is a little more enjoyable but longer than taking High Meadow Road.

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Shared By:

Bryce Knudson with improvements by Bob Ward

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 12 votes

#4

in Lake Tahoe

#689

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#4

in Lake Tahoe

#9

in California

#689

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Photos

The bridge over Cold Creek.
Jul 26, 2017 near South L…, CA
Amazing rock section on the Cold Creek Trail. There are two class V lines "expert" and "big air". Here is Jim "cleaning it".
Jun 15, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
Star Lake and Cold Creek Trails
Aug 15, 2017 near South L…, CA
Amazing meadow at the top of cold creek trail
Aug 7, 2017 near South L…, CA
Cold Creek (Facing South, up the mountain)
Jul 23, 2013 near South L…, CA

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May 2, 2020
Marc Daniel
Loved it. Went up and down the same road. Snow on top — 10h 30m
Jul 25, 2019
Jason Horne
Jun 26, 2018
Alexander Traugott
Nov 9, 2017
Caleb Levinson
Oct 15, 2017
Karolis Karalevičius
Sep 13, 2016
andrew khodaverdian
Aug 27, 2016
J FFF
May 28, 2016
Geoff Baker