Silver Lake / Hidden Lake Trail

Lake Tahoe

A big cross country-style ride near Silver Lake, Granite Lake, and via the Hidden Lake Trail.

Mountain Biking Difficult

21 km
606 m
606 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.6 km
Silver Lake / Hidden Lake Trail Map

This loop serves up a classic XC-style mountain bike ride in the greater Silver Lake area.


Begin with a long jeep road climb to access the top of the ridge and the beginning of the Hidden Lake Trail. This trail drops quickly off the ridge, through some moderately-challenging rocks, all the way down toward Silver Lake.

Near Silver Lake, you have the option to add on a little extra out-and-back if you haven't had enough yet. Or, you can cut the loop slightly shorter if you're eager to get back to the car.




Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between July and October


  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections
  • Rock Slabs

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