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Sawtooth Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (9)

An adventurous run with easy access from downtown Truckee.


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8.5

Miles

13.6

KM

98%

Runnable

6,477' 1,974 m

High

6,192' 1,887 m

Low

608' 185 m

Up

525' 160 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

The FS06 road is closed in winter; the trails are good before the road opens in the spring.

Description

Sawtooth is a great trail with easy access from downtown Truckee. The route listed here is the 'standard' Sawtooth route, but there are many different variations available. There is little vertical gain/loss on this trail, but has an abundance of rocks.

Access to the Sawtooth trail system is from the FS06 fire road off of Thelin Dr. in Sierra Meadows neighborhood. Park in the pullout on the right hand side of the road. There is signage for the start of the trail.

0-1.08: Start out on flat singletrack, cross a fire road at .25. The section after the fire road is one of the more rocky sections which ends in a beautiful overlook of Hwy 89, Squaw Valley, and Castle Peak.
1.08-1.97: The terrain starts to gently undulate after the overlook and comes to an intersection at 1.97; go right at the signed intersection.
1.97-3.37: A short and rocky downhill leads to more gently rolling terrain. There is a three-way split at 3.37, the right leads to another overlook of Hwy 89 and Squaw Valley, the left continues on the Sawtooth and makes the only seasonal stream crossing.
3.37-4.74: More gently rolling terrain takes you to the southernmost part of the Sawtooth at a well signed crossing of the FS06 road.
4.74-5.98: The 'backside' of the Sawtooth is more smooth and less rocky than the 'frontside'. From the intersection with the FS06 road avoid the left turn that follows the powerline. This section winds through the woods and continues over a fire road. There is a 4-way singletrack intersection at 5.98; continue straight for Sawtooth, or go right to the "2 Beavers and a Bear" and "2 Bridges" trails.

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  3.9 from 9 votes

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View of HWY 89
Aug 27, 2018 near Truckee, CA

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Jul 31, 2019
Thomas Ainsworth
13.3mi — 2h 27m
Sep 22, 2018
Matthew Arterburn
First Truckee trail run 8.3mi
Aug 12, 2018
Jenny Ong
Beautiful shaded Singletrack!!! Very well marked. Not much climbing, lots of switchbacks and rocky parts that make it really fun.
May 28, 2018
Kathryn Koehler
Mostly fire road Lots of rocks and ankle twists on singletrack 6.4mi
May 11, 2018
Mark Holderman