July 23, 2011
The trails at Seven Springs are well worth your time. you have a choice between a network of trails (Lake Chestnut Trails) that can be worked into a loop that is somewhere in between 3 and 3.5 miles, or the 24 hour relay loop.
The Lake Chestnut Trails
The Lake Chestnut Trails starts out at the intersection of Pritts Distillery Rd. and Village Dr. you will most likely be coming up the mountain on Village Dr. when Pritts Distillery Rd. sneeks up on the left side of the road, go about 50 feet back on Pritts distillery Rd. there is a dirt road on the right side of the road take that there is a small parking area at the back of this. (I explain that because on my first visit I had a hard time finding it)
The actual Lake Chestnut trail system is very nice, many obstacles that can be taken or avoided. This trail is a lot of fun to ride fast, and a good trail for beginners to develop their skills. Technical challenges include long very difficult rock gardens, log bridges, bolders to ride over, around or between. At one point you will cross the road that you came in on, that is where you will run into the rockgardens. you can skip that by riding down the road to the beginning of the trail.
...The 24 hour loop
The best place to start the 24 hour loop in my opinion is at lake Tahoe (there are signs everywhere for lake tahoe at 7 springs) you will go around the lake (clockwise) and start the initial descent. The loop can be 8-12 miles (12 if you include one loop of the Lake Chestnut Trails) It winds up and down back and fourth between singletrack and fire roads for about 6 miles. The 24 hour loop ends with a rocky climb up 7 Springs' North face slopes, it is a steep accent that will take you up 500 feet in elevation in a little under 1 mile.
*as a local please enjoy these trails but treat them with care because they are owned by the resort and they allow us to be there.* Review edited 11/15/2011
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