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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

So we’re constantly being asked by our out of town clients which are the best mountain biking trails in Tahoe. Toad’s always makes the list! When it comes to a true technical downhill this is the best that South Lake Tahoe has to offer. It is also the one that we most often shuttle people to. For those die-hards that like to pedal tough and long climbs, you can easily do this without a shuttle. But it’s a good 7 mile climb along the road before you even get to the single track at the Big Meadow Trailhead. From there it’s another 4.5 miles up the Tahoe Rim Trail to get to the intersection for Toad’s. Even with a shuttle, this is not a ride for the faint of heart. From our drop off point you will still have a 2.5 mile climb (that doesn’t sound so bad after reading the last bit about riding this in its entirety now does it?). The climb takes about 45 minutes to an hour and there are certainly sections where most of us have to get off our bikes. When you hit the ridge just above treeline, the views of the Tahoe basin are amazing! This is a great place to stop, catch your breath and fuel up. From there you have a little more work before the fun begins. Once you’ve rounded the rocky left hand uphill turn through what I like to call the “bear cave” the hard part is behind you. This is where I usually stop to put on my pads. Pads you ask? YES – use them! After a short downhill, still on the Tahoe Rim Trail, you’ll come into Tucker Flat which is the intersection of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride AKA Saxon Creek Trail AKA 18E13. The Tahoe Rim Trail continues to the right towards Armstrong Pass. Hang a left here – this is Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Hang on and enjoy the ride! Where there are a couple of trails that jut off to the left, just stay to the right on the main trail. There are many, many technical features along the trail but you can see pretty much everything in advance which gives you the time to decide whether to tackle it or not. There is, however, the sneaky staircase. You’ll enter it while in a right hand turn. It’s very ride-able but it is a long one and the steps get a little steeper as you go. Most wrecks here happen when the rider tries to stop midway through, so if you can just hang on and ride it out your odds are better. While the top half of the ride is very technical, the bottom turns into a flowy, curvy, fast trail with awesome bank turns. Once you hit the gravel service road at the bottom follow it out and up about 1/4 mile into the paved parking lot on Fountain Place Road. From there make a left to get back out to Oneidas Street or a right to get to Powerline Trail or to Corral Loop. See you on the trail – Kat

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