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    South Lake Tahoe Loop Recommendations?

    I'm going to be up in SLT around mid-June, staying at a friends condo down by the lake. From some searches I've done, it looks like there are some trails heading out from the Harrah's/Raley's parking lot area. However, I'm really not sure where to go or what the best routes in the area would be. I'd like to ride to/from the condo if at all possible, but driving a short distance would be OK.

    I'm from Chico, so rocks/jumps and in general rough trails are just fine and even preferred. I'm in decent shape for the climbs too...but my climbing is just penance for the views and the downhills! If anyone has some good maps, strava/garmin routes, that would be great. Thanks!

    EDIT: Armstrong and Mr. Toads looks like a nice loop!
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    Have you found this yet? http://mountainbiketahoe.org/wp-cont...ps/Map_SLT.pdf

    As you can see, lots of big loops are possible.

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    Ah nice, hadn't seen that one yet! Looks like another good loop would be Van Sickle, TRT, Cold Creek, Powerline. Which trails are better to climb vs. descend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Ah nice, hadn't seen that one yet! Looks like another good loop would be Van Sickle, TRT, Cold Creek, Powerline. Which trails are better to climb vs. descend?
    I'd recommend doing the loop in reverse so you can finish with a sweet downhill of Van Sickle. Cold Creek is a fun downhill, but I'd rather climb it than Van Sickle. Star Lake Trail is a great climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutballchamp View Post
    Star Lake Trail is a great climb.
    I definitely agree with you there. The scenery at the lake will make your PB&J taste gourmet, too.

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    If you want to decend Armstrong or Toads, I'd recommend getting someone to drop you off at Stagecoach Heavenly. You can ride Powerline back. Toads is one of the best tech trails in SLT and Armstong/Connector/Sidewinder/Cedar is the longest flowy downhill in Tahoe. Around 11 miles!

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    Great recommendations, thanks! Looks like the start of Powerline is just over a mile from where I'm staying, which is perfect.

    So I'm thinking: Powerline -> Cold Creek -> Dirt Rd to Sale Lake Tr -> Left onto TRT -> Left onto Van Sickle

    Is the area signed well, or are there any parts that are easy to get lost on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutballchamp View Post
    If you want to decend Armstrong or Toads, I'd recommend getting someone to drop you off at Stagecoach Heavenly. You can ride Powerline back. Toads is one of the best tech trails in SLT and Armstong/Connector/Sidewinder/Cedar is the longest flowy downhill in Tahoe. Around 11 miles!
    Hmm, fast/flow or rocky technical? Such a hard decision! First world problems...
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    Another question: is mid-June going to be too early? I'd expect some snow to still be up at the higher elevations, which is fine. But I'd rather not have to hike-a-bike through too much of it. I guess if the weather stays like this, the snow might all be gone by then...
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    1. Stagecoach to Toads. Point to Point. But you will need a shuttle or you will be riding a lot of road. Look for local shuttles if you can't bribe someone.
    2. Up Cold Creek to Star lake, then down TRT towards Stagecoach to Van Sickle.

    find away to do both they are both AWESOME RIDES
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    I would recommend doing Powerline -> Armstrong -> TRT -> down Van Sickle. I did this ride last September and it is still one of my fav routes/rides I've ever done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Great recommendations, thanks! Looks like the start of Powerline is just over a mile from where I'm staying, which is perfect.

    So I'm thinking: Powerline -> Cold Creek -> Dirt Rd to Sale Lake Tr -> Left onto TRT -> Left onto Van Sickle

    Is the area signed well, or are there any parts that are easy to get lost on?
    I got lost once trying to find the entrance to Van Sickle. But thanks to spotty Cell service and the brotherly love of Kmax I eventually made it right(with an added 600 feet of climbing)

    you are coming off a sweet DH and I just missed it. When you get close to the resorts and the lifts look up to your left for the connector trail, it is marked I just missed it
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    1. Stagecoach to Toads. Point to Point. But you will need a shuttle or you will be riding a lot of road.
    This loop is pretty much all singletrack with a short road section at end of Powerline. You can pick up a trail again at Adams Way off of Saddle that will take you to Van Sickle. Pretty brutal 50 miles though.

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    I'm planning a trip to the area at a similar time. What are the bike parks like up there for all mountain/trail riding? What is the ideal place to stay to stage a ~week long trip for trail riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    I'm planning a trip to the area at a similar time. What are the bike parks like up there for all mountain/trail riding? What is the ideal place to stay to stage a ~week long trip for trail riding?
    This should help you get started trip planning...

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    Yeah I thought of this, but stating from bottom of Van Sickle...then I lost my lunch. have you done it? Where would the ideal starting point be?
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    Should be up there Friday evening, and ready for a ride Saturday morning. Due to time constraints, I'm going to opt for this route I think: Powerline -> Cold Creek -> Dirt Rd to Sale Lake Tr -> Left onto TRT -> Left onto Van Sickle.

    How are snow levels up there? And is the signage decent, or should I be prepared to get lost? Also, any direction constraints on those trails?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Should be up there Friday evening, and ready for a ride Saturday morning. Due to time constraints, I'm going to opt for this route I think: Powerline -> Cold Creek -> Dirt Rd to Sale Lake Tr -> Left onto TRT -> Left onto Van Sickle.

    How are snow levels up there? And is the signage decent, or should I be prepared to get lost? Also, any direction constraints on those trails?
    Van Sickle and TRT above it are all clear. Was there last Saturday.

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    Star lake connector goes now so you should be fine with that route

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