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Tahoe Mountain Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (12)

A grand ride in either direction, it has great views overlooking Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Gardner Mountain.


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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Singletrack

7,084' 2,159 m

High

6,405' 1,952 m

Low

717' 218 m

Up

809' 247 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Open all year. High snow years you must wait until spring melt to ride on south facing aspect.

Description

Tahoe Mountain Trail makes for a nice climb or descent from either side, though most riders climb up starting from Tahoe Mtn. Road and descend the backside to Forest Road 12N19. This trail can be used to access the top of Valley View Trail which is another excellent descent option with several fun features. Watch out for several sandy sections. Access this trail from a parking pullout area on Tahoe Mountain Rd. across from Forest Mountain Drive or park on Devron Way and take the Devron Connector. This trail is mostly non-technical with only one or two tight rock sections to get through.

North of the intersection with Tahoe-Valley View Connector the trail provides a fast descent down the north side of Tahoe Mountain. Watch out for any overgrown Whitethorn lining the lower half of the trail that can scratch your arms and legs if you're not paying attention. The lake views from this one are great!

Contacts

Shared By:

Grant l with improvements by Jon Hart and 1 other

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  4.6 from 12 votes

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Photos

Riding up the North Side of Tahoe Mountain with Lake Tahoe in the backdrop.
Oct 19, 2017 near South L…, CA
The climb up Tahoe Mountain from the lake side features killer Tahoe views.
Nov 2, 2017 near South L…, CA
Not sure why this is described as a shuttle ride as it is just as fun as a climb.  Here is part of the new reroute section.
Nov 2, 2017 near South L…, CA
Coming into the only rock garden on the lower portion of trail, rock stairs to exit
Jun 3, 2015 near South L…, CA
Leaving the rock garden in the light
Jun 3, 2015 near South L…, CA
The climb up Tahoe Mountain from the lake side is a grind, but the views take your mind off the effort.
Nov 2, 2017 near South L…, CA

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Jun 20, 2021
Myles Stolier
Jun 14, 2021
Raquel Yu
Second time Mtn biking. Was exhausted biking up, biking down was fun
Apr 23, 2021
Jim Allison
Snow is almost melted on the east side but glad to be back shaking out the climbing legs
Apr 15, 2021
Pat Pad
great first mtb ride in South Lake Tahoe. Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and snow capped moutains in mid April. Parked at Sawmill Pond.
Jul 5, 2020
Derek Hansen
May 13, 2020
Marc Daniel
2h 30m
Jul 29, 2019
Jake Werlin
The ups will burn but the downhill run is unreal. 7.6mi
May 11, 2019
Ana Pedrojetti
1st ride in taho3 5.2mi — 1h 50m