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Railroad Grade Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An excellent intro to singletrack. My kids and friends all started here.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,395' 1,949 m

High

6,278' 1,913 m

Low

199' 61 m

Up

199' 61 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly A great singletrack introduction for the little ones!

Overview

This is an easy, breezy loop featuring just enough challenge on singletrack to make it actual mountain biking.

Need to Know

There are a couple of small rollers coming up out of the creek bottom and getting back to your car along Pioneer Trail Road. New riders may have to hike a short distance.

Description

Start at the split rail parking area on Pioneer Trail Road. Hop on your bike and follow a doubletrack trail west beside the road. When you hit the big power lines, the trail veers left and rolls downhill to the creek. Turn left onto a road and cross Saxon Creek and shortly after, Trout Creek. Look for the trail taking off to the left through a split rail fence.

From here, it is a nice long downhill (ever so gently) along the old railroad bed. You'll ride along Trout Creek as the trail winds past open pine forest.

At the 3.5 mile mark the trail pops out at the end of Columbine Trail (a road), ride a stone's throw down the street and look for the trail dropping off the left side of the road. This is my favorite part, down by a beautiful stream.

Cross a footbridge and follow the path up over a short but steep hill and back along the highway to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lance Buck with improvements by Bob Ward

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 12 votes

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in Lake Tahoe

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Aug 2, 2022
Andrew Ferullo
Apr 4, 2022
ScottShafer
Fun some snow — 11h 00m
Aug 5, 2021
Brent Ross
Aug 3, 2021
Brent Ross
Jun 29, 2021
Raquel Yu
Jun 19, 2021
Myles Stolier
May 31, 2021
aaron nelson
Great singletrack and multi track for kids or for a gravel bike ride. A few narrow short bridges but my 9 yo had no problem — 0h 40m
May 2, 2021
Tristan Biles