Update: New changes for 2020!
Stanford Rock has nearly a complete re-route on the Tahoe side. TAMBA volunteers have built about 4.5 miles of forest flow including a new trail to the summit. TAMBA volunteers continue to build In Summer 2020, and are re-routing the final parts of the logging road into new singletrack. There was a large defensible space logging operation on the Ward Canyon side in 2019. The logging operation turned the last two miles in Ward Canyon into a dusty logging road. Most riders now do it as an out and back either to the summit, Yale Rock (a giant piece of volcanic rock next to the trail overlooking Twin Peaks), the TRT, or the wilderness boundary. Definitely worth a trip to the wilderness boundary or a scramble to Twin Peaks Summit as well. Enjoy, more singletrack is on the way.
TAMBA built more than 2 miles of re-routes on Stanford Rock in 2019 (four miles total re-routes on this trail and still building). The legacy logging road is being replaced with a purpose-built recreational singletrack. This was one of the least popular trails in Tahoe due to the unrelenting, lung-busting climb, and many unrideable sections. If you haven't ridden it in a couple years, check it out. Old Stanford Rock was one of the most disliked trails by locals. This trail is so much better now. Flowy, bike optimized trail, massive views, alt lines for advanced riders, berms, rollers, fun.
Did you know that Stanford Rock Trail didn't go to Stanford Rock? Hikers and riders have been going cross country and bushwhacking for decades. TAMBA took the lead in building a dedicated mountain top summit trail to replace the social trails.
Locals are now calling it a 6-mile escalator, and one of the best trails in Tahoe.
There are few opportunities to ride bike-optimized singletrack to a high Sierra mountain top peak. This trail features flowy lines and banked in-sloped corners. We kept the grade relatively easy, since everything above 8,000' is difficult already. It took two years of volunteer building, over 2,400 volunteer hours, and 1,680 hours of grant-funded trail crews to reach the summit.
Construction on Stanford Rock will continue in 2020. In the end, this will become a Mills Peak length, 2,300' vertical foot purpose-built, bike-optimized singletrack with some of the best views in Tahoe! TAMBA is continuing to build on Stanford Rock. More to come. Enjoy!
Shared By: S. Lengyel