10 routes · Mountain Biking
At Monument Pass, the trail crosses the spine of the range. Views remain equally as expansive as before, but now looking west toward the Sierras and Lake Tahoe. Dominating the horizon ahead is a huge craggy mountain with snow that remains throughout the summer. This is Freel Peak, the highest summit in the Tahoe Basin (10,886 feet).
With this mountain and its neighbor, Jobs Sister, in your sights, continue southward through sunny forest to Star Lake. This picturesque pool sits beneath the imposing cliffs of Jobs Sister, collecting crisp meltwater from its perennial snowfields.
Beyond Star Lake comes a climb to the often-windy west shoulder of Freel Peak, with a commanding view of the mountains you have yet to cross. The following miles through boulder-strewn forest continue a gradual but noticeable progression into the rockier, granitic landscape of the Sierra Nevada, where more shimmering lakes and snowy peaks await.
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.
Best time to visit
- Rock Gardens