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Paige Meadows Area

Average Rating:    (4.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

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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Latitude
39.14713598972971
Longitude
-120.20017147064209
Trail Directions
South on West Lake Blvd out of Tahoe City. Can be accessed from various locations. Go West on Pineland to Ward Canyon Road (Courchevel). Go right at Chamonix. Trailhead at end of street (can park there). Or, just south of US 89 "Y" in Tahoe City, go west on Granlibakken, then south on Rawhide to end of street. Map available at "Cyclepaths" on West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City near Pineland.
Trail Length
10-30 miles estimated
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tahoe City
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Review Date
July 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Michael L ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Many available, see above for only one.



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Review Date
September 29, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nmba guy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
October 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: AK47 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sawtooth Ridge Trail (Truckee)



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Review Date
September 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Richard , from Reno

Summary:
Very nice ride. The loop we did is about 15 miles with about 1,400 feet of climbing. A lot of the trails are not on the maps, so it's easy to get turned around in the meadows area. There were lots of wildflowers in the meadows. The trails are a combination of single track and fire roads.

Recommended Route:
I like to start at the Tahoe City Rawhide Street Trailhead, and do a loop ride up to the meadows, then to Alpine and back to Tahoe City along the Truckee R. Trail



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Review Date
May 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris McKleroy , from Los Altos, Ca

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Squawyville, Northstar



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