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Stanford Loop Trail to Twin Peaks

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A big scenic climb with a big descent, whichever way you go.


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7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

80%

Singletrack

8,435' 2,571 m

High

6,485' 1,977 m

Low

2,249' 685 m

Up

299' 91 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Only rideable after the snow melts which can be July in some years. Drought years...not so much. Watch for hikers coming up from Ward Creek on the descent if you go that route.

Overview

An out-and-back ride from the parking area up Ward Creek Boulevard to the Twin Peaks spur off of the Tahoe Rim Trail - Brockway Summit to Tahoe City.

Description

You can ride up Ward Creek Boulevard (or drive) to the start or come in from the Tahoe Rim Trail to the south. Cross Ward Creek and start pedaling up, up, up. Great views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Tahoe from numerous locations.

When you get to Stanford Rock, take in the views and decide if you want to go back down the way you came up, or head down to complete the Stanford Loop, or take the Tahoe Rim Trail - Brockway Summit to Tahoe City that leads to Twin Peaks.

If you stay on the trail to Twin Peaks, you'll eventually hit the Pacific Crest Trail and have to turn around as no bikes are allowed. Just an FYI, there are a lot of steps on the descent to Ward Creek to complete the Stanford Loop.

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Shared By:

James Alcorn

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#11

in Lake Tahoe

#2487

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in California

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Epic views from the climb!  Tahoe, South Shore, Blackwood Canyon, Rubicon Peak, Desolation Wilderness.
May 11, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA
Near the top of the climb (looking back) on the Stanford Rock trail.
Aug 13, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA
View of the Sierra Crest from the top of the climb!
May 11, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA
Top of the climb. Prepare for descent! Check out this crazy rock first though. Looks like a piece of obsidian blown out of a volcano!
May 11, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA

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Aug 16, 2019
Mike G
Jan 13, 2018
Josh Crain
Apr 10, 2016
Dave Graybeal
Jul 19, 2015
Carter Bailey
Steep trail with some but whopper technical climbs. But has an awesome view at the top! — 1h 45m