Paige Meadows Area - TRAIL

Paige Meadows Area - Trail, Tahoe City, California

Several miles of narrow jeep trail and primo singletrack; some trails on map, some aren't. Reasonable climbs (1000 feet or so). Lots to choose from, and hardly any people during the week (went on a Friday and saw one other person). Doable by beginners, but more advanced stuff probably available (didn't ride all of it). Can also go via streets at Alpine Meadows Road (one end of trail here) to jeep trail that goes up to Scott Peak (1200 foot climb or so).

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Michael L   Cross Country Rider [Jul 22, 2012]

Did this one a couple days ago and was very impressed. I would certainly do it again and next time plan to spend more time and miles exploring. Cycle Paths bike shop is no longer at Tahoe City. A very basic overview trail map is available at the big trail head parking lot just south of the "Y' along the Truckee River. It is the Tahoe Rim Trail "Barker Pass To Tahoe City" free USF map. Take the paved bike path upstream along the river and bear right through the closed gate. Continue through the dirt road and cross a small wooden gully bridge. After this you will see the forested dirt single track that goes up for about two miles. All but the best will do some measure of hike-a-bike but the meadows are worth it. Once at the top it seems that the best direction for looping the meadows is counter clock wise. Never had so much fun getting lost and ended up coming back down a screaming fire road into a neighborhood. There are so many possibilities here and I hope to someday get my hands on a detailed map of all the options. But that may never happen being that it is a local's favorite and i couldn't blame them for keeping such a gem a secret. A good strong four steaming chilies for this one.

Customer Service

Many available, see above for only one.

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4
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3
nmba guy   Cross Country Rider [Sep 29, 2006]

This trail is certainly worth riding if you are in the area for a while but its not on the tops of my list mainly for lack of views/vistas, but the ride back down the balloon string is a blast

Customer Service

start around the meadow to the left, counter clockwise. we then kept following the TRT down to the gravel road then took the road down and did the Standford Rocks loop. pretty well graded climb up an old road grade then a wild ride down rock "steps" and bench cut on the other side then finishing up on a couple mile jeep trail that puts you back where the TRT hit the gravel road. head back up the gravel road and look for the single track to the left not far after the TRT turns to single track again. We missed the first single track to the right after that and went down a dirt road and caught the next one. It makes for a long day with lots of climbing but a really nice long ride, I think it was 25 miles with about 5000 ft of climbing. We were able to navagate it all using the Adventure Map - highly recommended

Similar Products Used: just about all the Tahoe rim trail you are allowed to ride. dont miss the stuff on the south side of 89 at the Big Meadows trail head, really great alpine meadow stuff and take Christmas Valley back down. The paved road outta there is kinda a bummer but well worth it if you dont have a shuttle
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AK47   Cross Country Rider [Oct 19, 2005]

If you are looking for fast, fun trail in a scenic area, look no further. The 13 mile Paige Meadows Loop has some awesome trail, but there are options to add more trail that is in the same general area. I rated the aerobic difficulty a 4 as if you are not acclimated to riding at elevation, you'll feel it... I rode the trail on a 32/16 singlespeed. Either run 32/18 or bring your geared bike.

Customer Service

Get the map at CyclePaths and follow instructions for the 13 mile Paige Meadows Loop. Park at the CyclePaths bike shop and start from there. Note - the 3 miles up the road to Chamonix Road seems like it takes forever, but just keep going. I missed it and hit the dirt too soon... To make for a longer ride, ride the road ALL the way out to the end of the canyon and turn right under the Sherwood chairlift (Alpine Meadows). This will allow you to head East via the Lakeview Trail, which then links up with the Ward Jeep Trail. Then, follow the remaining route for the Paige Meadows Loop.

Similar Products Used: Sawtooth Ridge Trail (Truckee)
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5
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4
Jimbeau   [Aug 23, 1999]

Great ride! Good tight single-track can be found. Views are really unbelievable. Bee-u-ta-ful!!! Be careful -- it's very easy to get soooo wrapped up in the ride that you forget how far you've ridden. This is especially true if you're a fool like me...and ride solo. There is limitd wildlife in the area, but there is a possibility of one of the large species discovering they have a taste for MTB'ers.

Similar Products Used: Squaw Valley; Rim of the World; America's Trail
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Rick   [Aug 26, 1999]

Once up on the ridge, keep an eye out for a trail partially blocked by several cut logs. This is the Drunken Bear trail, about 6 miles of pure singletrack downhill. It ranges for loose and quite technical to swoopy and fast. One of the best singletracks ever-

Customer Service

Start on Rawhide, head up the fireroad bearing left at all junctions 'til it turns to singletrack. Cruise to the right at the first junction with singletrack and climb way up to the ridgetop.

Similar Products Used: Brockway Summit-Tahoe City Ridge trail segment
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Jeff   [Oct 05, 2000]

Drunken bear was never really an offical 'legal' trail, but it has been around so long it made it onto trail maps from Cyclepaths and was the advanced alternative route to paige meadows. Reason for destroying trail was supposed to be errosion concerns. They were serious when they trashed it because they even cut down live trees and dropped them all over the trail.

Customer Service

While the loop from Alpine meadows to Paige meadows and down to Rawhide road is still a blast, the Forest service recently destroyed the Drunken Bear trail.

Similar Products Used: There are some other questionable goings on in the tahoe area, like logging on the emmigrant trail north of truckee. Find a way to get involved by talking to the local bike shops or the forest service and save our trails.
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Michael E   [Dec 28, 2000]

The trails have nice variety. For the most part, there is almost always a cool breeze blowing through from across the lake. Good fun. Make sure to stop at Tahoe House Bakery for a cup of coffee this morning.

Customer Service

All of them

Similar Products Used: western states
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5
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Rick   [Feb 01, 2001]

I've done rides in this area numerous times in the summer and all of the loops are great. I like ending the ride by doing the new section of the Rim trail.

Customer Service

All of them!

Similar Products Used: The rim trail above tahoe city, the trail that go around and up to Watson lake. ALso the Western States trail. The rim trail at the South Shore is also great.
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5
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Mike   [Jul 09, 2001]

This trail is cool. Lots of fast singletrack. I went on a sunday and saw 2 other bikers. Best ride I have done in a while. I kept climbing up until I thought I reached the top; found amny singletracks down.

Customer Service

Started at Rawhide and kept going up as much as possible. It's hard to get lost, so just keep riding.

Similar Products Used: Don't know of many others this good.
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Chris McKleroy   [May 03, 2002]

A great trail to learn to ride on. Lots of tight corners though,its mostly straight. LOOK OUT FOR BEARS NEAR TRAIL, IVE SEEN THEM A LOT. Just ride past them or if you see them ahead of time, you can turn around.

Customer Service

Start at alpine and climb from there. The climb is a beautiful climb overlooking Alpine. After the climb, there is a nice decent to the meadow.

Similar Products Used: Squawyville, Northstar
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