Cold Creek

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain1,408ft
Trailhead Elevation6,643ft
Elevation Min/Max6560/7759ft
Elevation Start/End6643/6643ft

Cold Creek

Cold Creek is a hiking and biking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 6,643 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,408 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cold Creek Powerline Connector, Lower Cold Creek and Power Line.

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"With recent trail construction, recreationists may now enjoy a shady, creekside route on the Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows and then a return on the old High Meadows Road. The verdant meadows offer a fine wildflower display in early summer and excellent views of towering Freel Peak and neighboring Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak year-round. Other trails and roads in the area offer additional extensions to this trip especially well suited to mountain bikers." Read more
Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Lorene Jackson
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"The lower Cold Creek Trail is a popular and easily accessible ride out of South Lake Tahoe. It begins with a ride up the graded High Meadow Road. After less than 2 miles, the loop segment crosses Cold Creek and heads downstream on smooth,wellpacked singletrack. Real hammerheads can continue up the painfully steep climb to Star Lake. This ride makes a nice side trip off the Power Line Trail." Read more

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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600,
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute South Lake Tahoe (some trails not shown); TAMBA South Tahoe Trail Map
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