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Railroad Grade Loop

 5 votes

Length

4.9 Miles 7.9 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

Elevation

199' 61 m

Ascent

-199' -61 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

6,395' 1,949 m

High

6,278' 1,913 m

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

Lance Buck

Overview

This is an easy, breezy loop featuring just enough challenge on singletrack to make it actual mountain biking.
Family Friendly: A great singletrack introduction for the little ones!
Dogs: Off-leash

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.

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Aug 23, 2017
Terry OConnell
Second time riding this loop with Lori 4.9mi
Aug 20, 2017
Colleen Dulin
Aug 19, 2017
Jeff Navarrete
Took the family for first time mountain biking... We had a blast 4.9mi — 1h 49m
Aug 9, 2017
Evan Vianzon
1st MTB ride with the whole family. At the last stretch after the foot bridge was a muddy crossing. Had to walk the bikes across some tree trunks.
Jul 29, 2017
Collin F
Jul 25, 2017
Mickey Fimbres
Good flat land for beginers 1.5mi
Aug 19, 2016
Terry OConnell
Fun loop ride with some easy single track. Great intro to single track for beginners. 4.9mi — 1h 08m

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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in Lake Tahoe

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