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Trail at a Glance

Mr Toad's Wild Ride

Length (one way) - 3.6 miles

Elevation change - 2,200' (downhill)

Difficulty - Expert

Other Users - Hikers

Big Meadow to Mr. Toads

Length - 4.4 miles

Elevation change - 1,530'

Difficulty - Intermediate

Other Users - Hikers, Horses

Luther Pass to Mr. Toads

Length - 3 miles

Elevation Change - 1,115'

Difficulty - Intermediate

Other Users - Hikers, Horses


The bottom of the shuttle trailhead is on Fountain Place Road (Oneidas). There is a pullout on the right side with a gravel road leading away from it.
Oneidas Street is located off Pioneer Trail about 1 mile from the intersection with Highway 50 in Meyers.
all figures are approximate

Nearby Bike Shops

Wattabike - Next to Roadrunner Gas Station in Meyers.
Sierra Ski and Cycle Works - Highway 50 just east of Safeway in South Lake Tahoe.

Book a shuttle to Luther Pass with Wanna Ride Tahoe.

About Lake Tahoe - Biking - Mr. Toads Wild Ride

Mr. Toads Wild Ride

Toads is one of the biggest draws for in the Tahoe Basin for serious mountain bikers. Having rode much of what Lake Tahoe offers Toads is hard to beat in terms of technical downhill options. It's also hard to beat in terms of flowy single track. There are a number of ways to enter, ranging from the bottom of the Christmas Valley Downhill, to the Kingsbury South Trailhead of the Tahoe Rim Trail. The most common method is the shuttle with one car at the trailhead on Oneidas Street and the other at the top of Luther Pass. the most common loop is to leave a car at the bottom on Oneidas and riding up Oneidas to Armstrong Pass. On some maps it is called the Saxon Creek Trail. The trails here are no place for your car or off-road vehicle. It is best to leave them at the end of the trails.
Trail Map
The official downhill starts where the Saxon Creek trail leaves the Tahoe Rim Trail, but no matter which way your coming from, you've already been going downhill on the rim trail for at least a little ways. After about a quarter mile on the actual trail you will come to the most technical sections of the entire ride. There are three separate sections one after the other that require the majority of riders to walk down. From here on it's a mix of technical and super flowy. Parts can get a little loose in dry summers, but in general the trail stays in good shape. Near the bottom you'll come to a left turn. This takes you to Christmas Valley, which is another popular way to loop it.

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Saxon Creek Trail = Mr. Toads This is the first of three steep sections near the top. This is the first of three steep sections near the top. The second steep and technical part. The third and final steep section. After this it's great flowy downhill through the forest. Midway through you reach the stair section, an erosion control project. The finish, if you're doing the usual shuttle or loop. There are a number of other options as well.

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Last Updated July 6, 2009