Sawtooth Trail

Tahoe National Forest, California

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Sawtooth Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,159 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 637 feet.
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Sawtooth Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,159 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 637 feet. This trail connects with the following: 06 Fire Road, Road 06 02 and Sawtooth Ridge.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Tahoe National Forest
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 637 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,159 feet
Top Elevation: 6,369 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Tahoe National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6159/6369 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6159/6159 ft

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"Built in 2002, the Sawtooth Trail provides an excellent opportunity for hikers, joggers, bikers, and dog walkers to squeeze in a trip to the woods on the outskirts of Truckee. The curving nature of the well-graded trail certainly seems to have been built with mountain bikers in mind, so be prepared for numerous encounters while on the trail.

The mostly forested route does lead to several vista points that offer good views of the Truckee River canyon and peaks around Donner Summit-excellent spots for runners to catch their breath or for hikers to enjoy the surroundings. The Sawtooth Road leads to several trail access points, which allow trail users to tailor their visits according to their schedules. The description below uses a 1.6- mile connection to the loop, creating a nearly 10-mile-long hike. By parking farther up the road, those pressed for time could follow just the 6.3-mile loop section."

"Perched on a broad terrace overlooking the Truckee River, this ride is flat by Tahoe standards. There are several precipitous overlooks along the way that offer fine views of Tinker Knob and Squaw Peak to the west. With endless twists and turns, this trail covers lots of miles in a relatively small area. Limitless loose and jagged rocks will keep you focused on the trail. If the rocks and sharp turns become unnerving, there are several opportunities to bail and ride the dirt road back to the parking lot. For a longer ride, you can continue on Forest Service Route 06 toward the top of Northstar-at-Tahoe ski area or on to Tahoe City."

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