Stanford Rock-Ward Creek Loop - TRAIL

Stanford Rock-Ward Creek Loop - Trail, Tahoe City, California

Classic Sierra singletrack trail - dust, dirt, rock (large and small), pine needles - some walking depending on skill level and equipment.

User Reviews (6)

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Michael L   Cross Country Rider [Jul 25, 2012]

Love this ride. Challenging uphill but worth it when you get to Page Meadows at the top. Loop the meadows counter clockwise (there are so many options up there).

Customer Service

As mentioned from the paved parking lot. There are trail maps (not that detailed but helpful) at the bike path trail head next to the porta potties.

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EnduroFUN   Downhiller [Sep 18, 2006]

This is the only ride I have done in Tahoe so far, and I am very impressed. This ride was 10 miles and about 2000ft elevation change. This was the best ride I have ever done, the accent was technical with loose dirt, rocks, very steep at points. Great views along the way of Tahoe. The decent was incredible, this section has many different technical aspects; granite steps, switchbacks, obstacles, rock beds, sand beds, stream crossings, high speed single track and low speed technical through very loose rocky areas. I managed to bail twice, I was pushing my luck on this trail. This is a very advanced ride, coming from a guy that rides Demo in SC and Skegs Point regularly. I would highly recommend it to any advanced rider, don't attempt on a hard tail...

Customer Service

Park by Sunnyside marina, ride down the road, take Pineland Dr. then veer left at Ward Creek road. The trialhead is on the left, it has an immediate streem crossing and then you are on the trail, enjoy!

Similar Products Used: none
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5
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5
Steve   [Oct 19, 2001]

The Stanford Rock/Ward Creek loop is another classic Sierra ride, starting and ending at the Tahoe Rim parking area in Tahoe City. It made for a good day ride, with lots of time to take pictures and enjoy the view of Tahoe and beyond. We followed some forest service roads out from the top of Bonanza, but followed the rim trail back - a good route. The climb up to Stanford Rock is a good one (take the officially marked trail with the blue ribbons, not the lower trail), with semi-technical singletrack in places, and near the top, three hills we heard referred to as the "three bitches." The first was loose and moderately steep. The second was just loose, and the third was quite short, but very steep. The views on the Tahoe side were amazing, and once up at Stanford Rock, the views looking across to Alpine Meadows, Ward Peak, and Twin Peaks were equally impressive. The trail drops from there down a steep and very loose trail, where it meets up with the Pacific Crest/Ward Creek trail. This is a wild downhill, with seemingly hundreds of granite waterbars and steps - some quite large. Most of it is rideable and fun, but it's a real workout, even with a dual suspension racebike (I suspect a real downhill bike would be a gas). The trail hits the road, from which one can once again take a myriad of trails back to Tahoe City, although we would recommend staying on the Rim trail - it turned out to be much more interesting than we guessed it would be. The total distance for us was 22 miles, with 3350 of climbing, although the route out and from Ward Creek can be variable. Ride times (on the bike) will likely range from 3.5 to 5 hours.

Customer Service

Start at the Tahoe Rim trail parking. Head out the Forest service road at the end of Bonanza, which meets up with the Rim trail. Follow the rim trail to the road. About 1/2 mile down the road will be the Stanford Rock trail - head on up. There is a short downhill after Stanford Rock to the Ward Creek/Pacific Crest trail, which takes the rider back to the road. Drop down the road a short ways and take the Rim trail back (where you came in earlier). Follow the rim trail all the way back to the parking area.

Similar Products Used: Toads, Hole in the Ground
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Rick   [Jan 09, 2002]

I've been riding in the Tahoe area for years but only did the Stanford Rock ride in the SUmmer of 2001. I liked it so much that I did it 3 more time this season! THe long single track climb to the top is a good workout but no big deal if your in shape. The downhill is a kick. Lots and Lots of water bars switch backs etc. Very challenging, great veiws.

Customer Service

THe route described above.

Similar Products Used: Rim trail
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AMUTHIG   [Jul 05, 2002]

Wild and adventurous. Good climb up to spectacular views (what else can be expected in the Tahoe area?)and then a twisting, rocky, loose, quite technical descent. Did this trail by "mistake" and was so happy to have screwed up! All grins at the end.

Only advanced riders should attempt this, with others around in-case you bust your teeth. Intermediates will be walking much of the descent.

Customer Service

As stated.

Similar Products Used: Flume Trail to Tahoe Rim Trail (nice swooping singletrack on the TRT)
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Johnny   [Sep 16, 2002]

I ride all over LT, this trail offers epic steps, views with moderate climbs, stay right on the TRT after Stanford Rock, you will have enough time to fit in a 2nd ride for the day.

Customer Service

14 Mile loop on TRT, it's only 2100' of climbing/downhill.

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