Armstrong Pass is a 22.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 22.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,556 feet Route Type: Loop

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7 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Starting on the Corral Trail, this loop is a beast of a climb- roughly 10 miles of uphill, without much break at all. The grade never gets very difficult, but the constant grind is not to be under-estimated. After cruising for a good 5 or 6 miles you will connect to the Armstrong Connector Trail, which leads the last 5ish miles to the peak. Upon peaking, you will be faced with an intersection, with many options to take. Stay far right to continue on this loop towards High Meadow. This is my favorite section, as you are traversing the ridge for a good couple miles with a very dusty trail, not tons of coverage at the 10k elevation, and some stellar views. It will eventually begin a downhill decent, which is a bit more gradual than the uphill from the start. After running a few more miles you will find yourself faced with the Iconic Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Trailhead Sign, and thats when the fun begins- a technical downhill decent that will really make you watch your footing. Theres a few boulders to drop off- nothing more than a few feet, but mindless running here will get you in trouble. This trail will lead back to the start of the loop, and finish off your day- a long one in the mountains

mountain biking
Fri Aug 07 2015

Tough hill climb but going up you can take the paved road to the beginning of Armstrong and then fly down. Great trail coming down. I had a blast with Corral trail at the bottom. Lots of jumps and curved banks.

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9 months ago

mountain biking
Thu Sep 13 2018

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Wed May 31 2017