Sawtooth Loop Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Sawtooth Loop Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Truckee, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

trail running
1 month ago

Shaded and well marked 10+ mile trail run. Super fun and not too technical. Loved being in the trees.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this but it looks like a great mountain biking trail. The first half was easy, second was moderate (more easy than moderate). I started at 8:30am on a Saturday and only ran into one other hiker and ~7 bikers so there were less people than I expected since this trail is so close to Truckee. Only one view point, but it's a nice walk through the trees. Perfect amount of sun/shade for hot days. Nice long hike but I was ready for it to be over due to the lack of views. I'm glad I had the AllTrails map since there are a couple tricky trail turns that aren't well marked.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Challenging bike ride! Make sure you read the signs, we ended up doing the second half of the trail twice. Lots of sharp rocks during the first part but it was lots of fun to go down!

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve tried this hike twice in the past, but was never able to complete it. As they say, third times a charm!! I finally completed it a few days ago. Though it’s a bit of a lengthy hike, it was pretty moderate, so no having to worry about major uphill or downhill. Word of advice: pay attention to the trail signs!! I almost got turned around a couple times!!

trail running
Monday, August 07, 2017

Well marked trail if you keep your head up and pay attention (apparently this was not my strong suit today so I got a couple extra miles in). Good technical footing practice for trail runners. If you're prone to rolling your ankles or clipping your toes, take it easy in some sections. There's nothing very steep so you can keep your rate of turn-over up. Nice frequent shifts in the trail to occupy your mind while you're running. Fairly shaded for hot days. It was nice to see free running dogs on the trail but there's on water source so pack in their water! There's enough usage that you're not completely secluded, but it's also not so heavily trafficked that you're stepping off trail frequently for bikes. Only real drawback for us was that you could hear the highway still.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Great hiking, lots of shade especially in the morning. I found 99% dogs off leash as well as my own two dogs. So no need to be on leash if they don't roam. Bring water however. No water source on the trail and the dogs get hot! Gave strangers' dogs my water several times as the owners neglected to bring water. Poor dogs!

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Some excellent views. Moderately challenging for a beginner. Also being that I'm not used to all the rocks or the altitude being from the Midwest. Only did half the loop and then cut back on the road because of bike rental time. But great ride overall. Probably will help me do well back home!

trail running
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Was great not to hilly but fairly technical. Great trail to work on time.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Not a hard hike but long. Very nice views and lots of mountain bike riders. All of the cyclists were nice and it was easy to share the trail. Take plenty of water and have fun!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's a little wiggly jiggly, set up for mountain bikers. There is great shade under the trees which is lovely. There were quite a few wild flowers out including lulin which was lovely. The map or notice board doesn't have a ' you are here' arrow! Take something to navigate with to ensure you find your way back out again. according to the notice board, cyclists should give way to hikers and equestrian. All the cyclists I encountered were lovely. Take plenty of water too.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

This is a perfect trail for riding! It has great scenery and the smell of pines, hmm. My mom and I had so much fun biking this trail, and I believe it connects to more trails too.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nice & flat for most part. Open & healthy forest. No trash; well used & loved but affords plenty of solitude.

hiking
Friday, April 10, 2015

A beautiful trail close to Truckee. As others have mentioned wear good hiking shoes as the 2nd half of the trail is rocky.

hiking
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This was a mild trail with a very gentle incline but beware of mountain bikers that frequent the trail in the warmer months, especially around sudden corners. Wear good shoes as the second half of the trail is very rocky and is hard on the feet.

trail running
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Sawtooth Trail offers about 9 miles of solitude in the Tahoe National Forest close to Truckee, California. The trail is quite rocky, but the elevation gain/loss is minimal and it is very close to town. Photos and complete route description are available at: http://www.tahoerunco.com/2012/05/run-sawtooth-trail/

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