Yesterday I did the Stanford Rock/TRT loop. Thanks to "grace" here at mtbr for the ride info! The loop is only about 20 miles. I ended up finding several other singletracks closer to town. They are all over the place around the Ward Creek area.
I ended up adding another 13 miles of singletrack exploring these trails.
Here's the MotionBased link for the ride:http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3897592
I started in Tahoe City to get a little warm up before the climbing began. I headed south to Ward Creek Blvd and took a right. 2 miles up, look on the left for road 15n35,
Once I got passed the gate there was a little creek, but I did not see the road. Then I saw a little trail on the other side and thought that must be it.
Apparently this used to be a road.
The Stanford rock trail goes for 5.4 miles and climbs over 2300 ft in about 3.5 miles.
The climb is gradual and not too technical. It really is a fairly easy climb. I only walked 2 short sections because I wimped out.
There is great scenery along the way, but there is only one section of the trail that offers a view of Lake Tahoe.
I'm not sure what rock formation is Stanford rock. Maybe the previous rock formation pic.
Or maybe this rock?
After the climb the trail levels off for a ways. There is then a pretty steep and technical downhill. The trail then gradually climbs back up to about 8500 ft and meets up with the TRT.
I then took a left on the TRT and headed toward Twin Peaks.
This section of the TRT is only 1.5 miles long until it merges with the PCT, From that point on no bikes are allowed. The trail is skinny and seemed liitle used.
After 1 mile, the trail got so overgrown with vegetation I turned around.
I then took the TRT back to the Stanford Rock/TRT intersection and headed to Ward Creek.
I noted that when TahoeBc did this section of the TRT as an out.back from Tahoe City that he told Ogre that it wasn't worth doing this section again. I can sure see why he said that. If you're coming up the TRT from Tahoe City there are numerous sections of the trail that have rock steps. It would be no fun climbing this and it would result in alot of hike a biking.
This section of the TRT is best done as a downhill.
This portion of the TRT was very fun going downhill.
Dying Mule ears...Anyone ever notice how much noise these things make in the wind.
You think some critter is creeping up on you and it you realize it's just the wind.
After coming down 5 miles from Twin Peaks you cross Ward Creek Blvd.
The trail then climbs for a bit and becomes a dirt road for a ways. It soon turns to singletrack again for the remaining 5 miles back to town.
You cross a nice brown meadow.
At this point I started to see numerous singletrack trails cutting off of the TRT. There anpparently is quite an extensive singletrack trail system as you get closer to town.
Here's a pic from of one of those singletrack offshoots.
And another offshoot..
And one more pic of the TRT about a mile from town.
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