Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail

 10 votes

8.9 Miles 14.3 Kilometers



1,554' 474 m


-1,543' -470 m


8,048' 2,453 m


6,528' 1,990 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (15°)

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

Josh Dulberger


Dogs allowed (it's Tahoe)
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.

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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.


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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Jun 6, 2017
Christopher Mulhern
Nov 12, 2016
Larry Russell
Just recovering from pneumonia. 7mi
Aug 23, 2016
Marc Emmett
Jun 3, 2015
Brian Johnson
Started at the end of Xmas Valley Trail, climbed the paved road through the campground to access the TRT to top out before heading down CVT. 8mi
Jun 30, 2013
Anthony Stout
Got all screwed up and turned around. My GPS told me I was in the wrong spot and I rode the paved climb out twice. Downhill was really fun though. 9mi
May 20, 2013
Jason Lampenrider
A few bits of hike-a-bike on the initial climb. Populated with hikers, so make noise on your descent.
Aug 19, 2007
Cornelius Jefferson

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Minor Issues 32 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees - The TRT becomes a creek across Big Meadow. It's rideable as long as you don't mind getting your feet wet. There are...
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Today's ride we are going to do here in South Lake Tahoe. Another beautiful day! May 28, 2015

I think the gps on this ride is wonky. The track goes where no trail is, right? (The track west of Xmas Valley... where mile 4.5 is) Aug 5, 2015

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