Western States (aka Tevis Trail)
ElevationAscent: 1,478' 450 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 7,137' 2,175 m
Low: 6,171' 1,881 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Popular rides nearby
Tahoe City-Truckee Gravel Grinder
36.6 mi 59.0 km • Loop • 2,565 ft Ascent 781.87 m Ascent
Stanford Rock Loop
15.3 mi 24.6 km • Loop • 2,215 ft Ascent 675.12 m Ascent
Great Trail Race Elite Course
22.8 mi 36.7 km • Point to Point • 2,977 ft Ascent 907.34 m Ascent
Kings Beach Superloop
22.5 mi 36.3 km • Loop • 3,477 ft Ascent 1059.84 m Ascent
Kings Beach Long Loop
10.3 mi 16.6 km • Loop • 1,537 ft Ascent 468.37 m Ascent
Royal Gorge Hewlett Rim Trail
14.1 mi 22.8 km • Loop • 1,573 ft Ascent 479.47 m Ascent
“A mix of singletrack and fire road that links Hwy 89 to Forest Road 06.”— S. Lengyel
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
The western end of the trail is at the midway bridge, just south of Squaw Valley.
From Hwy 89, the trail is a roughly 1.5 mile flowing singletrack climb. Think big flowing corners and big smiles. After 1.5 miles, the trail becomes a mix of old jeep road and singletrack. This is a great, tough, climb to OTB or to the 06 Road. As a climb, this is like a long staircase with steep sections follow by a short break or downhill. It is one of our favorite ways to climb to the Mt. Watson section of the TRT. For those wanting a shorter loop, this trail also connects to The Wall (16N53) and a popular local alternate.
The trail- particularly the last 1.5 mile flowing downhill- is also a great descent. Watch for - and yield to - climbing riders and hikers.
Local trivia - This section of Western States is co-aligned with the Tevis Trail - famous for the annual Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance horse race.