General Creek Trail

WHAT: General Creek Trail is a shorter out and back trail departing south of Tahoma from Sugar Pine Point Campground west towards Richardson Lake Trail. The beginning of the trail is beginner-friendly on North Fire Road. As you continue on to the main singletrack part, the trail gradually becomes more advanced. The western end of the trail presents many technical features such as rock gardens, stairs, and steep loose climbs. Enjoy the view beautiful wildflowers in the spring and early summer months and the option to visit a pond or two.

 

FUN FACT: The eastern side of the trail (near the campground) was part of the 1960 Winter Olympic Cross Country Ski and Biathlon course.

 

LENGTH: 5.5 miles (out and back)

 

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

 

DIRECTIONS: From the Tahoe City “wye” head south on CA-89 9.5 miles toward South Lake Tahoe. Just past Tahoma, turn right into Sugar Pine Point Campground. Follow the main entrance road as it turns into North Fire Road. The beginning of your singletrack ride begins at the end of North Fire Road before it turns into South Fire Road. Once you leave the fire road, the easy part of your ride is complete. The western end of the trail presents many technical features such as rock gardens, stairs, and steep loose climbs. As a bonus, take the detour to Lily Pond via a short 0.6 mile out and back spur trail. Back on the main trail keep your eyes open for an old hunters cabin near the western end of the trail.

General Creek Trail at the Lily Pond intersection. Photo by S. Lengyel