Power Line Loop Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Get out of town quickly with this ride along the edge of South Lake Tahoe. Smooth singletrack follows the contours at the base of the mountains rising above Heavenly Valley. There are no long climbs, just undulating trail with several short rises; the biggest challenge is moving into the correct chain ring. Ride this as a loop, returning along the paved Pioneer Trail thoroughfare, or as an out-and-back entirely on singletrack. A portion of the ride is accessible to motorcycles and ATVs and gets dusty and chewed up by summer. This is balanced by a quiet meander along Trout Creek near the turnaround point. Most of the ride is through the shaded pine forest, with clearings along the way that offer views of Freel Peak and Lake Tahoe. Expect some seasonal creek crossings. This is an easy connect for other rides up Cold Creek and Fountain Place Road.
Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe

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Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe

by Lorene Jackson (Falcon Guides)

Get out of town quickly with this ride along the edge of South Lake Tahoe. Smooth singletrack follows the contours at the base of the mountains rising above Heavenly Valley. There are no long climbs, just undulating trail with several short rises; the biggest challenge is moving into the correct chain ring. Ride this as a loop, returning along the paved Pioneer Trail thoroughfare, or as an out-and-back entirely on singletrack. A portion of the ride is accessible to motorcycles and ATVs and gets dusty and chewed up by summer. This is balanced by a quiet meander along Trout Creek near the turnaround point. Most of the ride is through the shaded pine forest, with clearings along the way that offer views of Freel Peak and Lake Tahoe. Expect some seasonal creek crossings. This is an easy connect for other rides up Cold Creek and Fountain Place Road.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Best May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,700 feet
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Maps: USGS South Lake Tahoe, Freel Peak
Topo Map: Power Line Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/24/2012

I went mid morning. Hot and dusty. I suggest in summer to go early.

9/15/2010
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