This is a fun high elevation ride on the Tahoe Rim Trail Loop at the top of Kingsbury Grade (Stateline, NV). Riders will make a significant climb up trail composed of softer decomposed granite overlooking the Carson Valley to the Kingsbury North trailhead. A short climb up the connector to the Tahoe Rim Trail leads to a ripping downhill section built with the mountain biker in mind with several log rides over gaps, optional technical rock features, and kickers. A few short climbs and technical descents lead to a junction with one last punchy climb back to the car.
Grab a pizza and a beer at the Fox and Hound on Tramway Drive after your ride.
This loop can be done in either direction starting from the Daggett Summit Connector
behind the fire station on Daggett Summit. Many people prefer to ride this loop counter-clockwise (as mapped) to avoid having to climb up the Daggett Loop Trail (Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury Loop Trail
) in the soft decomposed granite that can be quite loose in sections. However, I don't believe it to be that bad and by riding clockwise you would get to do the TRT downhill, allowing for the needed speed to hit all the technical features in a nice flow that you wouldn't get by riding the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The choice is yours and both options are still excellent.
Park your car along Tina Court, but be vigilant of parking restrictions during certain times of the year. Take the Daggett Summit Connector
that begins directly across Highway 207 and winds up behind the fire station (be careful crossing the highway
)! There's a blind spot for drivers cresting over Daggett Summitt where you cross the road and some vehicles are going pretty fast.
Once you hit a trail junction, turn right following signs for Daggett Loop Trail. Lock in for a 3.5 mile climb up to the parking lot of the Kingsbury North trailhead. Take the connector trail from the parking lot to a junction with the TRT where you'll turn left.
This begins an excellent downhill section with several optional log rides, rock features, and jumps. After a couple sections of climbing and descent on the TRT, you'll cross a creek in a grove of aspens and begin to climb again. Look for a junction on the left shortly after leaving the aspen grove to get back on the Daggett Loop Trail. After a short, punchy climb, you'll cross North Benjamin Drive and pick up the trail across the road.
Ride up, keeping an eye out for the Daggett Summit Connector
on your right that you rode up at the beginning of the ride. Take this back down to your car where you began.
This trail crosses the historic route of the Pony Express Trail.