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General Information: The Clark's Trail is a steep, technical descent that will challenge even expert riders to stay on their bikes! The trail begins at the fire lookout on Angora Ridge and heads fairly straight down to Fallen Leaf Lake Road, at which point you take the road back to your starting point.

 

Where To Start: You can start this ride from many different places. Our favorite is to begin at the start of the South Shore Bike Trail (see Fallen Leaf Lake) then, instead of crossing Fallen Leaf Lake Road and heading to the lake, continue on the trail that parallels Fallen Leaf Lake Road until it dumps you out on Tahoe Mountain Road. Follow Tahoe Mtn. Rd. to the gate at Angora Ridge Rd. (see Angora Lakes Ride) Climb up to the lookout, take a breather while you enjoy the stellar views of Mt. Tallac, Fallen Leaf Lake, and the Crystal Range, then walk your bike around to the back of the Lookout and find the start of the Clark's Trail.

Trail Description: Just a few words are needed to describe this trail: Steep, Technical, Rocks, Roots, and Trees. "Ouch" might apply as well if you're not careful. This is a Tahoe technical test-piece. The trail has a north exposure and can hold snow into June in a big snow year. Often, however, it is rideable by Mid-May. The trail is not well maintained so expect lots of fallen trees.

If you are not too winded when you reach the lookout, it is worth the effort to continue on to Angora Lakes. The riding is moderate and the views spectacular. On a spring or fall morning or afternoon, you may even find some solitude in this peaceful alpine cirque.

Environmental Concerns: The Clark's Trail is very susceptible to erosion so please be as conscious as possible about skidding, although you will skid!

 

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