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Powerline Trail #18E33

 11 votes

Length

3.5 Miles 5.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

322' 98 m

Ascent

-155' -47 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

6,643' 2,025 m

High

6,477' 1,974 m

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

Bob Gardner

Overview

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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Oct 22, 2017
Matthew Stephens
Nice easy trail. Up and down throughout the ride but no long climbs. Nice and shaded
Aug 6, 2017
Chad Eldredge
Aug 5, 2017
Dan Hedges
Fun ride up to High Meadow Trailhead 9.5mi — 1h 30m
Aug 2, 2017
John Burgoyne
Jul 25, 2017
Mickey Fimbres
A fun warm trail before hitting the big stuff 1.5mi
Jul 9, 2017
Jerome Joanino
4.3mi — 0h 37m
Jul 5, 2017
Daniel Zavala
May 28, 2017
Vanya deJung
Fairly easy out and back trail. Nice.

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 11 votes

#12

in Lake Tahoe

#3966

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#12

in Lake Tahoe

#240

in California

#3,966

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