Sawtooth Trail

Off US Forest Service 06
Truckee, CA 96160

Length: 9 mile loop
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Terrain: single-track, smooth dirt, some scree deposits

This adventure takes mountain bikers, runners, and day-hikers along the ridge between Squaw Valley and Northstar ski resorts. Many Truckee local’s like to bike the Sawtooth Trail for a fun excursion that is not too difficult. The gentle rolling single-track trail snakes through some rocky, sparse forest areas. The elevation gain tops off at 500 feet, and while most of the track is smooth dirt there is a challenging section with a lot of scree deposits. It is recommended that you take the trail counterclockwise, so that you descend on this loose rock area instead of climbing up through it. Points of interest along the trail include two overlooks into the Truckee River Canyon that offer gorgeous views of the Truckee River. This trail also connects with other routes on the Mt. Watson network of trails if you choose to make this a more difficult or extended mountain bike ride. Check  other North Lake Tahoe biking and hiking trails nearby like the Watson Lake trail.

Directions: The Sawtooth Trail is located in the South part of Truckee, CA, along Highway 89 that heads south of Lake Tahoe. To get there from the center of Truckee, head east on Brockway Road (Highway 267) going towards Northstar Resort, turn right on Palisades Drive, then turn right on Silver Fir, and then left on Thelin Road. Turn right on US Forest Service 06 and drive about ½ mile to the Sawtooth trailhead (on the right). Old forest service roads intersect the trail many times, but if you stick to the single-track it is easy remain on course.

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