Stanford Rock Trail Rerouted, More Than Five Miles of Multi-Use Trail Improved
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, has completed the Stanford Rock Trail on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, CA. The project involved more than three years of handbuilt singletrack construction, yielding more than five miles of trail with over 2,200 feet of elevation gain. The project increases trail access for non-motorized users, including mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians alike, who seek to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
The Stanford Rock Trail project involved a major reroute, transforming a steep and eroded historic logging road to a sustainable, hand-built recreational trail. The terrain is unique for Tahoe as it provides the perfect grade for Forest Flow – a style of trail with built-in features like bermed turns, rollers, and jumps that allow mountain bikers to maintain speed with minimal pedaling or braking necessary.
“The goal was to reward users with big views and a downhill trail that has the feeling of skiing or snowboarding through the trees, or pumping the surface of a peeling wave. There are no straight lines on the Stanford Rock Trail!”
– Sandor Lengyel, trail crew leader with TAMBA
The trail culminates at a mountaintop summit with handcrafted log benches; views of Lake Tahoe in one direction, Granite Chief Wilderness in the other.
TAMBA will officially open the trail with a ribbon-cutting event on July 30. The public is welcome. Details to be announced on TAMBA’s social media channels.
Stanford Rock required more than 5,000 hours of labor to complete. The project was led by TAMBA volunteers and supplemented by grant-funded trail crews made possible by support from generous donors. To learn more or volunteer, visit tamba.org. To further support sustainable, multiple-use trails in Tahoe, donate directly to TAMBA at tamba.org.