Power Line Trail (South Lake Tahoe)
OTE Ratings: O8/T7/E6
Distance: 12 miles
Time: 2 hours
Climbing: ~1000 feet
Power Line is a fun ride, about half in the woods, half in the sun,
with a bunch of short climbs, swoops, and descents.
Directions to the start
Near Meyers, south of South Lake Tahoe,
Pioneer Trail goes east off of California Highway 89.
Take Pioneer to Oneidas, turn right. Park at the
"Power Line Trail" sign. Or nearby.
Ride on up Power Line Trail. It's a dirt road for the first
few miles, as it does some ups and downs under its namesake
power lines. Finally it crosses a creek and abandons the
lines, climbs up some switchbacks, to end at a tee on a
This is High Meadow Trail; turn right and ride up ~1/3 mile,
to get to the other section of the Power Line Trail. Turn
left onto that section and you can ride right on over to
Ski Run Blvd, at the bottom of the California side of
the Heavenly Valley Ski Area.
Alternatively, you could start this ride in the middle, because
you can drive up High Meadow Trail (off of Pioneer Trail).
Be aware that this entire trail allows dirt bikes.
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