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    south lake tahoe advice for midwesterner!

    Need to plan two half day rides while my family is there in a week staying in a condo by the Kingsbury Grade TRT (Near Heavenly Stagecoach). Was there 7 years ago and did Bench portion of TRT one day and went to Star Lake on TRT another. Both were great. Thinking of doing Mr. Toads and Corral one day and maybe Tahoe Meadows to Spooner another? Any suggestions? I don't want to drive too far or I'd do Downieville for sure. Didn't do Flume last time cause I liked the TRT so much and wanted singletrack. I'll be riding alone so don't want anything too remote. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Start at Tahoe Meadows and ride the TRT to The Flume (reverse direction) to Marlette Lake and then go around the lake and back up to the TRT (up towards Marlette Lake Overlook) then backtrack the TRT to Tahoe Meadows trailhead. 32 miles. EVEN DAYS ONLY on this section of the TRT
    If you want to shorten a ride on the TRT to Mr. Toads, Drive to Big Meadow Trailhead on Hwy 89 and ride the TRT to MR. Toads. Once you reach the pavement, go up the road to Armstrong connector trail on the left side of the road and ride down to Onitas Rd, then left on Pioneer Trail Rd and left on HWY 50 to Watta Bike Shop for a shuttle back to your car. Make sure you pick up a map of the area since you will be riding solo.
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    south lake tahoe advice for midwesterner!

    Up Cold Creek and Star Lake - across the TRT to Toads. Then up Oneidas to Armstrong Connector - Corral

    Shorter version - Pay Wattabike $10 to drop you off at Grass Lake and ride up the TRT 3 miles to Toads. Call Wattabike when your done with Toads and get dropped off at Armstrong Connector.

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    Your in a great location to enjoy several new Trails that have been built since your last visit. Single track now connects the rim trail from the stagecoach area to the Bench. Also the Van Sickle trail intersects with the section I just mentioned and drops you out at the casino's. From Star lake there is a new trail that goes down to High meadows and connects with Cold creek.

    South Lake Tahoe Trails Map |

    Also the Connector trail, now links up Armstrong pass trail and Corral, descending from Freel Pass, to Armstrong/Connector/Corral is one hell of a drop, link up Incense Ceder and powerlines to work you way back to South lake.
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    This might help


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    TOADS !!! The most awesome trail I've ever ridden. My fav over D-Ville. Fun trail, spectacular views, technical, rocky, rooty fun. It would be a shame to be there and not ride Toads.
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    Toads and then do Toads again the next day.
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    If you can ride 10 miles without getting winded, cut it by about 2/3.

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    If someone will shuttle you, then I would get a ride up to the Spooner Summit and ride the Tahoe Rim Trail back to Stagecoach. This would be the driving route to the Spooner parking lot.

    If you want even more fun then drop down Van Sickle and have them pick you up at that parking lot.

    That is the best ride (including Van Sickle) I've ever done after three years of riding in Nor Cal. We used Shuttle Service - Wanna Ride Tahoe Bike Shuttle and Tours

    I did Mr. Toad's the day after this ride and I would say avoid it unless you love big drops and really technical stuff. I did fine riding the trail, it just wasn't fun compared to the Tahoe Rim Trail.

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    Wolf- You have some bad ass rides.. Much respect to that.. No doubt you like to turn pedals. Much respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sivilized View Post
    If someone will shuttle you, then I would get a ride up to the Spooner Summit and ride the Tahoe Rim Trail back to Stagecoach. This would be the driving route to the Spooner parking lot.

    If you want even more fun then drop down Van Sickle and have them pick you up at that parking lot.

    That is the best ride (including Van Sickle) I've ever done after three years of riding in Nor Cal. We used Shuttle Service - Wanna Ride Tahoe Bike Shuttle and Tours

    I did Mr. Toad's the day after this ride and I would say avoid it unless you love big drops and really technical stuff. I did fine riding the trail, it just wasn't fun compared to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
    That section of trail is nice but it isn't exactly what I call fun. Fun to me is burms, jumps, drops, rock gardens, etc. All while predominantly going downhill. If that is fun to you too then do the toad's-armstrong-corral ride passenger13 suggested earlier. It's really not much uphill and you can even start further up the TRT if you go to the top of 89 instead of high meadow. Also there is no "big drops" or "really technical stuff" on toad's or corral all of it is low intermediate level features. If your idea of fun is basically scenery and riding similar to a hike than yes sivilized's ride will be great for you.

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    Also have you ever ridden a bike park? Northstar has lifts running in the summer for their mountain bike trails and only about an hour from south lake.

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    Just back from our trip and wanted to thank you all for the suggestions. It always helps to get some input from others who've been there even with the differing opinions. I rode Tahoe Meadows / Marlette Lake / Flume trails one day. Did Toads / Armstrong Connector / Corral / Sidewinder another day. All were great! If the top of Toads is "low intermediate" as Dispatch suggested then I suck cause I walked a few sections! Thanks to Michael, James and another guy (who all shredded Toads from top to bottom!) from nearby Auburn for letting me try to hang with them. Can't wait to go back.
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    No that is probably the hardest part of the trail. I'm guessing you are talking about the rock garden section. It's tough to do in one pass. I have to hike back up often to hit everything because I get stopped up too. Also good choice on flume that is probably the most scenic xc ride with sand harbor below.

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