Bike to Star Lake

Corral Trail

Distance

21 Miles

Elevation Gain

2300 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Great views on this single track gem in Lake Tahoe. And with 2300' of elevation gain, this is a great workout!

Start out at the top of Corral Loop, in South Lake Tahoe, and begin the climb up Armstrong Pass. After the 4 mile ride up, you reach the split to either Mr. Toads or Star Lake. Continue another 2.5 miles up the steep and sandy climb to the saddle just below Freel Peak, the tallest peak in the basin, where you will be met with amazing views looking towards the back of Heavenly Ski Resort and Lake Tahoe.

Enjoy a little victory snack, drop your seat, and get ready for the ride downhill! 2.5 miles of downhill to the amazing Star Lake that awaits you! From here enjoy the lake and relax. Maybe grab another snack and a rest at the lake before your next downhill, 4 miles, down Cold Creek and then back down to South Lake Tahoe 7 miles. This is a really fun trail with lots of switchbacks and speed, but also a bunch of fun technical sections as well.

Hop on Railroad grade for 1 mile and enjoy the cruise back to the base of Corral Trail.

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $63/night

Outsite Heavenly

South Lake Tahoe, California

From $120/night

Falling Waters Oasis

Grass Valley, California

From $137/night

White Wolf Lodge

Yosemite National Park, California

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Conor Barry

about 3 years ago

Great trail for a longer ride.

Star lake is my favorite MTB destination. There are a million ways to get there but each one is amazing. The Armstrong trail is one of the best climbs around. Pack your overnight gear and spend the night under the stars. It's only fitting.

Distance

21 Miles

Elevation Gain

2300 Feet

Activities

Mountain Biking

Skill

Advanced

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike the Power Line Trail

Adventure

Hike Flagpole Peak from the bottom of Echo Summit

Adventure

Hike the Echo Lake Trail

Adventure

Backpack to Lake Aloha

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

backpacking

Marmot 4-season Thor 3p Tent Review

Marmot recently gave me the opportunity to test out their 4-season tent during my latest travel t...

backpacking

Winter Camping Recipe: Fire Charred Eggplant Sabich

A throw-together Mediterranean platter style meal

how-to

The National Parks Are Open, But Please Take Your Adventure Elsewhere

Some national parks are open during the government shutdown, but as visitor abuses pile up, the b...

volunteering

Saving Our National Parks

How do we help?

More Stories