Mr. Toads Wild Ride
||Around 1700 ft
||13 miles with a shuttle -- 19 miles loop
||South Lake Tahoe
||Summer only -- when the snows melted
To get There:
Marking Trail Head (Click on More Detail for a better map)
Marking End of Trail
Topo Map of Ride (400k)
Topo Map of Ride
From Sacramento: Take Highway 50 East towards Lake Tahoe.
You'll drive for a long time (about an hour and a half) and get stuck behind
thirteen different RV's which will all speed up when you get a chance to
pass them, forcing you to be stuck behind them (now that I've vented, we
can continue). Take 89 South in Meyers which is just before
the city of South Lake Tahoe (still in California). The trail head
is at Big Meadows on the left side about 5 miles from 50 on 89. There
is a big sign pointing to Big Meadows. Park in the free parking lot
there. You want to catch the Tahoe Rim Trail. When you come
into the parking area, there is a green gate blocking cars. Ride
around this gate -- the Tahoe Rim Trails starts a little ways down this
road on the right. To cut off some of the climb you can also catch
the trail just before Grass Lake on the left side of the road (its really
easy to miss, and has a poor sign so watch carefully!). For this
option (which cuts off about 2 miles of a big climb) take the single track
from the road to the T and turn right on the Rim Trail, then follow the
To do the shuttle (which is recommended), park one car on Oneidas drive
off of Pioneer Trail Road and then drive back up to Big Meadows and start
the ride there. Take Highway 50 to Pioneer Trail which isn't too
far past 89. Head East (right) on Pioneer Trail about a mile to Oneidas
Drive. There is parking about a quarter mile down Oneidas.
Mr. Toads Wild Ride follows the rim trail to Saxon Creek, then follows
Saxon Creek to Pioneer Trail Road. Take the Rim Trail for about 4.5 miles
to the 3 way intersection. You'll want to turn left on Saxon Creek
Trail toward Tuckers Flat. There is a sign marking this intersection,
so its not too hard to see. The trail follows Saxon Creek the rest
of the way. There is a another 3 way intersection a few miles from
Tucker's Flat. Go right, which is the more heavily traveled direction.
If you go left, I think it comes out on 89, but I'm not sure. At
the end of the ride, the trail comes out on a gravel bridge.
in about a quarter mile on the paved road. This becomes Oneidas Drive. If you are making it a loop, stay on Oneidas to Pioneer Trail. Turn
left on Pioneer and then turn left on 50. Take 50 back to 89 and
turn left again. Its a pretty good climb back up to Big Meadows.
This is an AWESOME, GNARLY, WAY COOL, TECHNICAL trail. I loved it!!!
It starts at 7287 feet. You'll climb up to 8940 feet
in 4 miles, and then descend to 6700 ft. The climb up to the summit
is pretty cool, and the view is good. But the fun is just starting.
When you turn left onto Saxon Creek trail, it gets nasty. Down to
Tucker's Flat, the trail has a bunch of erosion control logs which are
really annoying, but they don't last long. The trail has big rocks,
and is really steep and thin. If you are into jumping, there are
some great jumps on the trail. Towards the bottom of the trail, there
are great banked turns you can take really fast. This is a guaranteed
thriller (Michael Jackson would approve). I wouldn't suggest trying
to ride back up this trail. I love to climb, but its just too nasty,
only the very best, if any, rider could do it. The loop back on the
Highway isn't too bad, but its more fun to drive it!