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Western States (aka Tevis Trail)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,478' 450 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 7,137' 2,175 m
Low: 6,171' 1,881 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by S. Lengyel

A mix of singletrack and fire road that links Hwy 89 to Forest Road 06.

S. Lengyel

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Description

Western States is a popular trail and a popular starting point for local rides.

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.

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May 16, 2020
Marc Daniel
Went up to Painted rock — 10h 45m
Jun 29, 2019
Chris Anderson
I'll be back Western States Trail! Haven't seen the last of me!
Aug 6, 2018
Smashley S
Jul 21, 2018
Winston Parsons
Jul 3, 2017
M W
Jun 18, 2017
Jaysen Long
1.2mi
May 14, 2017
Marianne Condrup
W Jenn and Alan
Sep 6, 2016
BC Rides
First time slow next time I'll fly. 1.3mi — 6h 25m

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 4 votes

#18

in Lake Tahoe

#6515

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#18

in Lake Tahoe

#382

in California

#6,515

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The stair-stepping climb to OTB, Squaw Valley in the background.
Jun 8, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA
The bottom of OTB, start of a great climb!
Jun 8, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA
Climbing up from Hwy 89.
Jun 8, 2016 near Sunnysi…, CA

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