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Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail

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 4.5 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great climb on rocky singletrack up to the meadow - terrific alpine scenery, and a sweet descent.


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.3

KM

80%

Singletrack

8,048' 2,453 m

High

6,528' 1,990 m

Low

1,554' 474 m

Up

1,543' 470 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

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Dogs allowed (it's Tahoe)

Overview

Head to the Big Meadow Campground on Hwy 89 (just past the intersection with S. Upper Truckee Road), a few miles south of Meyers at a big bend in the road. Coming from Meyers, park in one of many pullouts, then you'll pick up the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) on the right, across the street from the campground. There's a reasonable amount of climbing for some terrific singletrack downhill.

Need to Know

A shuttle would be nice, but not necessary. Some do the Christmas Trail as an out-and-back, but the TRT is probably a nicer climb and makes a good loop.

Description

Pick up the TRT across the road from the Big Meadow Campground.

TRT starts rocky and technical but mellows out some after about half a mile. Continue up to the meadow, stay right at the trailhead, then climb for another mile or so. The trail eventually summits and begins some switchbacks with excellent alpine views. Follow this to an intersection for trails leading to the Lakes, do an out-and-back by going left on the Tahoe Rim Trail: Big Meadow - PCT to Round Lake (see Xmas Valley Epic), or take the trail to the right (Lk Valley) for the Christmas Valley Trail.

The Christmas Valley Trail is excellent - rocky at times, technical, but generally rideable with low consequences. It's well worth the climb and goes for quite a while. When you get out of the singletrack, it's a bit of a climb on the road back to the parking area.

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Josh Dulberger

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  4.5 from 18 votes

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  4.5 from 18 votes
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Photos

Christmas Valley Trail, through an old burn.
Jul 17, 2015 near South L…, CA
Passing through Big Meadow
Jul 18, 2015 near South L…, CA
Great view from Christmas Valley Trail
Jul 17, 2015 near South L…, CA
Climbing up Xmas Valley
Jul 18, 2015 near South L…, CA
Wildflowers blooming on the TRT
Jul 18, 2015 near South L…, CA
The meadow view after the climb and before the descent.
May 24, 2013 near South L…, CA

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Jul 12, 2019
Greg Scott
Nov 2, 2018
Cory Nielsen
Sep 16, 2018
Jordan Davis
too damn hard 8.9mi
Aug 26, 2018
Anastasiia Safonova
Jul 12, 2018
Ian Mahaffey
Great trail! Beautiful ride the whole way. Downhill section is sustain with technical rock gardens but not overwhelming. Def set up as a shuttle. 8.9mi
Jul 10, 2018
Chris M
Saw a baby bear calling at the fork in the middle of the loop, didn't stick around for mama. The initial tech climb does mellow out pretty quickly. 8.9mi
Jun 8, 2018
Timothy Neagle
10mi
Sep 23, 2017
Leah Brenner