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There are several loops of singletrack trails designed for motorcycles that get light use over the summer. The trails are well maintained and follow the Griff Creek drainage up towards Martis Peak.In the spring the meadows are yellow with Wyethia and the Aspens in many of the sweet spots along the way are nice for fall foliage. There are many dirt roads in the area also. For a bonus climb you can go all the way to the summit of Martis Peak if you like great veiws. From Kings Beach to Martis Peak it is only 7 miles. Form the top of Chipmunk St. follow the trail up and take the first fork to the left. The trail takes you to a small concrete bridge over Griff creek where there is a ruin of and old mill. Cross the creek and there is a fork to the right following the creek. Take the trail up to the next fork about .25 miles and turn left. There is another fork about a mile up the trail but stay right. Someone recently built a scary bootleg trials course with ramps along logs and over stumps near the trail. The trail climbs steep for three or four pitches. If you can ride the last pitch you are probably expert class. The trail levels off after another fork that goes steeply back down for a loop. After the last fork you come to a road that will take you left to Martis Peak.
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Trail Directions
Top of Chipmunk Street in Kings Beach. From I-80 in Truckee turn south to Lake Tahoe and Kings Beach. Where Highway 267 ends at the Lakeshore turn east and pass through Kings Beach to where the road starts to climb and turn left on Beaver St. From the top of Beaver St either turn left on Cutthroat St and then right on Chipmunk St. Chipmunk street peters out into a singletrack trail. Or Continue up where Beaver St turns to dirt and look for the trails on the left.. There is no trailhead parking but there are turnouts off the dirt road. You may prefer to park in town somewhere and do the bonus climb on your bike to the top of town.
Trail Length
variable Several Loops
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Trail Type
Kings Beach North Lake Tahoe
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Review Date
June 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: hammerdog ,  Cross Country Rider

This trail network is Tahoe Riding at it's best. Most of it is steep and challenging. I like to ride the singletrack up the Griff Creek drainage all the way to Martis peak for a killer seven mile climb. There are so many roads and trail in this area that are worth exploring. The Tahoe Rim Trail is near Martis Peak and it makes a nice alternate route. This trail network is south facing and the snow melts early. The lower network is open for riding in early May and by June you should be able to ride all the way to Martis Peak.

Recommended Route:
Follow Myci's directions to the top of Griff Creek and when you come out to the fire road turn left and continue another 5 steep miles to Martis Peak. You will need a map. This riding is not for lollygaggers. You gotta be tough to ride here but the wilderness experiance is worth it. There are very few people here compared to the rest of Tahoe. The trailhead at Chipmunk St. is 6500Ft and Martis Peak is 8900Ft.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tahoe Rim Trail to Martis Peak. Rim Trail From Mt Rose To Tunnel Creek. Crystal Bay Lookout. Flume Trail Hole in The Ground Emigrant Trail.

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