Welcome to the center of the mountain biking action in South Lake Tahoe: Corral Trail. This three mile flow trail has something for everyone, with berms, tabletops and jumps both natural and man-made. Used as a downhill trail (beware of oncoming downhill traffic if you choose to ride up), Corral Trail is paralleled by the paved Fountain Place Road, which makes for an easy shuttle ride or a sweat-inducing uphill pedal before the downhill “dessert.”
The start of Corral Trail is four miles up Fountain Place Road or, if you choose, you can continue to the top of Fountain Place and ride the Connector trail as well, which is more technical.
The first mile of Corral Trail includes fun berm turns and technical sections, with rock hops galore if you like to get a little air under your tires (if you don’t, no worries! You can always ride around). The final two miles are where you will find the Lower Corral Trail, which has recently been overhauled by the U.S. Forest Service, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in what has got to be the most fun-inducing partnership ever.
The Lower Corral Trail has more legal features than any other trail in South Lake Tahoe! An enormous amount of care and planning went into the building of this trail (check out the planning map) and yet it is still a free recreational resource, so be sure to treat it with respect and thank those who made it happen.
The best part about the Corral Trail is that anyone can use it! If you need proof, check out the video. All of the features can be approached at low speeds, making it a great place to work on your skills. Or, if all you want is to rip and whip, you can do that too.
The Corral Trail is tucked into a great network of trails located just seven miles outside of South Lake Tahoe. It is easily accessible by car and functions as a hub for both full day extravaganzas as well as the quick after-work ride. I use this map to plan my rides. To learn more about good preparation, trail conditions and how to get involved, check out the TAMBA website.