Great Trail Race
October 8, Truckee to Tahoe City

Photo: Harry Lefrak

The Great Trail Race offers runners and mountain bikers the choice of two courses: Elite (22.25 miles of mostly single-track) and Classic (18.9 miles of mostly fire road). Classic’s moderate 2,808-foot climb over Starratt Pass and rolling 2089-foot descent is a make-able achievement for many ages. Elite course features a rich variety of single-track, 4,045 feet of climbing, plus short sections of fire road for easier passing.

The event, like its winter cousin Great Ski Race, is a fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. The weather in early October in North Tahoe is often ideal for both racing and relaxing – sunny days, fall colors and temperatures in the 70’s – without the crowds of summer.

Great Trail Race Course

Run or Bike – Choose either the Elite or Classic Course.

Both the Elite and Classic Courses start at the Truckee Regional Park in Truckee and finish at the Highlands Community Center (also known as Tahoe Cross Country) 925 Country Club Dr, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

The Classic Course features a route through the Tahoe National Forest on fire roads, and trails. There is a paved section while on the 73 or (Fiberboard Freeway). The distance is approximately 18.9 miles or 30.5 kilometers.

The Elite Course features technical segments on the Tahoe Rim Trail, Tevis Trail and Sawtooth Trail. The distance is approximately 22.25 miles or 36 kilometers and has approximately 3,000 feet of ascent.

Aid Stations

There are 6 aid stations along the course. Each station has water and Gatorade. Aid Stations further in, closer to the finish, will also food item. Click on the Elite and Classic Course buttons to view an interactive map of the course. Also see the Google map for an overview.