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5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 717' 218 m
Descent: -809' -247 m
High: 7,084' 2,159 m
Low: 6,405' 1,952 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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

Grant Lewis

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


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!


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May 11, 2019
Ana Pedrojetti
1st ride in taho3 5.2mi — 1h 50m
Jun 29, 2018
Mark Ortiz
May 26, 2018
John Channell
Jul 18, 2017
George Ty
Downhill is fast and flowing. Only a couple of switchbacks that were quite loose and had to really slow down. Not another person in sight.
Jul 9, 2017
Cory Buchanan
Jun 29, 2017
Lisa Bedker-Madsen
May 28, 2017
Constantine Krotcov
May 20, 2017
Bryan Brewskie
Sunrise ride & saw a young buck.

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This is my favorite after work ride here in Tahoe. The climb is pretty solid (just enough to be a good workout.) There is one techy switchback on the climb that's relatively easy to clean. After that there are a few sandy switchbacks. The view from the top is great. you can see most of the lake and a lot of desolation wilderness from there. The descent isn't the rowdiest but it's fast with a few optional tech sections and jumps. Most of the time, however, I prefer to descend on the burnout trail. The entire ride is a quick workout; perfect for those who don't have much time. Feb 11, 2016

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