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Powerline Trail #18E33

Intermediate
 4.0 (21)

This trail provides easy access from South Lake Tahoe to a number of trails, loops and rides.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Singletrack

6,643' 2,025 m

High

6,477' 1,974 m

Low

322' 98 m

Up

155' 47 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Trailhead parking is limited--heed the no-parking signs. More parking available along Ski Run Blvd.

Description

Powerline Trail runs along the eastern city limits of South Lake Tahoe through the El Dorado National Forest in a north-south direction. From the trailhead at the end of Saddle Rd., head directly south towards the ski area on the left as the trail follows the base of the hill. Heading more west brings you to the Under Power Line Variation to Powerline Trail closer to the houses.

There's a maze of criss-crossing trails in this area but Powerline is easy to follow as it traces along a fairly level elevation contour at the base of Heavenly Ski Area on the left (east) with the neighborhoods along Pioneer Trail (road) to the right (west). Fir and pine forests provide plenty of shade and the only technical challenges are a couple creek crossings.

The trail forks just before reaching the Cold Creek Trail with the main trail on the right. Past Cold Creek Trail, Powerline ends in a short distance at High Meadow Road.

Powerline can be ridden as an out-and-back or combined into loops with Cold Creek Trail or the Corral Trail, Cedar and Sidewinder trails further south.

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Shared By:

Bob Gardner

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 21 votes

#8

in Lake Tahoe

#1610

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  4.0 from 21 votes
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Trail Rankings

#8

in Lake Tahoe

#136

in California

#1,610

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The bridge over Cold Creek.
Jul 26, 2017 near South L…, CA
Top of Powerline Trail.
Jul 15, 2017 near South L…, CA

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Sep 15, 2022
Mike Strizich
8mi
Jun 7, 2022
Guy Martin
May 29, 2022
Bridey Mc
Jul 30, 2021
Raquel Yu
Fun & challenging bike route! Lots of ups & downs, hardly any rock features. Like the end at the bridge with a small stream. 80% shade 20% exposed. 6.1mi — 1h 24m
May 9, 2021
Carr Driven Performance
Fun fun first ride 8.6mi
Oct 28, 2020
Tom Potts
6.8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 23, 2020
Private User
Jun 17, 2020
Dan Hang
Sandy and loose but super fun!