This challenging course begins with a ride through Northstar California Village and onto the ski area trails, featuring flowing singletrack, mountain Jeep roads and exciting descents through the sculpted and bermed Northstar Bike Park. With 6,000+ ft in elevation gain, the course finishes at the Overlook area of Northstar Village with plenty of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
View the course map on Plotaroute
- 31.2 miles per lap
- >GPX / Interactive Map
- 4,517′ Elevation Gain per lap (lap 2 will have about 500′ less gain as you will not return to the start line)
- 6,145′ Lowest Point @ mile 0.4
- 7,329′ Highest Point @mile 4
Route map for Tahoe Trail by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com
“The Lake Tahoe area and this course are simply spectacular. Sweeping views (that incidentally you may never have a chance to look at) and a fun and challenging course. There’s a good bit of fast, fun and flowy trail riding and plenty of hills to let you know where you stand with your training. While it’s not at 10,200 feet, the approximately 6,000 to 8,000 feet of elevation will give you a taste of thinner air and begin your acclimatization process for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.”
—Dave Wiens, 6-time LT100 MTB champion
- #1 (19.2 miles) – 9:30 a.m.
- #2 (31.9 miles) – 11:00 a.m.
- #3 (53 miles) – 2:00 p.m.
- 3:15 p.m. Official Finish Time
You must complete the 100K race in less than eight hours and 15 minutes to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Our desire is to see everyone finish, and we will support you the best we can. However, if we do need to remove someone for missing the cutoff, the decision of the race official is final.
Racers who are registered for the 100K distance will NOT be allowed to change and compete in the 50K distance once the race begins. This will be an automatic DQ. If you are registered for the 100K and wish to change to the 50K, please see the registration crew at packet pickup to switch the day prior to the race. Please know we are unable to provide a refund for the difference in price.
Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.
AID STATIONS/ON-COURSE SUPPORT
Each aid station offers Gnarly Sports Nutrition, water, fruit and light snacks with volunteer assistance. Aid stations are located at the following locations:
- #1: 13.3 mi / 21.24K
- #2: 24.3 mi / 38.84K (neutral support available)
- #3: (mini): 27.8 mi / 44.44K
- #4: (Village): 31.9 mi / 51K (neutral support available)
- #1: (lap 2): 44.6 mi / 70.84K
- #2: (lap 2): 55.4 mi / 88.6K (neutral support available)
- #3: (lap 2): 58.9 mi / 94.2K
- Finish (Village): 63.1 mi / 100.92K (neutral support available)
Northstar Bike Shop is offering bike support next to the gondola on Friday. They’re also providing neutral support on Saturday at the Village Aid Station.
Paco’s Bike and Ski is running neutral support at aid station #2.
DROP BAGS (100K only)
All 100K participants are welcome to assemble one drop bag, which we’ll collect at both packet pickups (see the schedule for times). Bags may not be larger than a medium size duffel or small cooler. We recommend writing your name somewhere on your bag so it’s easy to identify. We’ll transport bags to the mid-point of the course near Aid Station #3. Bags will be available at the finish line after the race. Please remember to claim your items!
RACE PLATES & WRISTBANDS
All riders will receive race plates at packet pickup, and they must be worn and visible at all times on race day. Race plates attach to your handlebars and must not be cut or folded.
100K riders: keep the pull tab from your race plate for the LT100 MTB lottery. This is your ticket to enter the drawing, which takes place after the 100K Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. (see the Schedule for more information).
TRASH & RECYCLING
There will be trash bins and recycling containers at all aid stations and at the start/finish line. Please discard any trash in the appropriate container or within 100 yards of an aid station. We will be recycling all plastic and aluminum during each of our events. Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification. The course travels through areas of exceptional beauty. Help us keep them pristine!
US Forest Service Permit
Some of the event course takes place on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Tahoe National Forest under a Special Use Permit.