Ragnar Trail Tahoe is back on July 12-13 with new trails and a new venue, but the same great Tahoe adventure. Set up camp at the base of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and experience the beauty and challenge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Teams will test their limits — relay-style — on three all new sublimely groomed trails with some incredible scenery that will take your breath away. Run along sweeping vistas and towering pines with steep hill climbs and epic views of Donner Lake, under the warm California sun.
When you’re not running, you’ll be camping at Ragnar Village where you’ll party around the huge bonfire and bond with your teammates. With fireside stories, s’mores, and food options from the Resort, this may be our best village yet!
The race starts Friday but Ragnar Village opens on Thursday night for a bonus day of camping with friends, turning this into a full-blown three-day event. Start working on your downhill running and your campfire ghost storytelling now, because this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Green Loop - River Trail
The Green Loop starts out with the Red Loop, heading past campers and running along the outskirts of the Sugar Bowl Village. Before long, you'll join the River Loop, a beautiful singletrack trail through the woods. Embrace the shade and enjoy the wildflowers as you wind your way up to 6900' where you'll bid farewell to your Red Loop friends and continue your climb to just over 7000' and then start winding your way back downhill before emerging from the woods onto a dirt road that takes you past a large meadow on either side. As you join back up with the Red Loop, you're on your last climb and as Yellow joins you, you know you're near the top where one of the rarest things in Ragnar Trail history awaits you - a downhill finish back into the Ragnar Village!
Yellow Loop - Mt Judah Trail
To reach the Judah Lodge's namesake mountain, you first have to climb (and then climb some more)! The Yellow Loop starts by heading out on the fire road towards the main camping area. After just over a mile, you make a slight left off of the fire road and head onto some beautiful single track to continue traversing up the mountain. Just as you reach Donner Peak, you head right and onward towards Mt. Judah. With an elevation of just over 8,200' this loop tops out as our third-highest in the Ragnar Trail series. But, don't let the third place standing fool you - the views you'll see from the top are first class! As you traverse the ridge, don't forget to look to your left to see all the boaters out on Donner Lake. From the top of Mt. Judah, it's all downhill from here! You'll quickly descend on some great single track that parallels the Pacific Crest Trail as you head towards Mt. Lincoln before jumping back onto a fire road to make your final descent back towards the Ragnar Village. As you're cruising down the fire road, keep an eye out for runners on the Red Loop peaking out behind Mt. Disney before joining you and runners from the Green Loop for one final amazing downhill push into the Ragnar Village.
Red Loop - Crows Nest Trail
The Red Loop starts out with the Green Loop for about 1.5 miles, following the River Loop trail through the woods. As you break away from the Green Loop runners, you get a nice downhill respite as you continue to make your way through the shaded forest. Don't let yourself get too carried away with the breeze running through your hair as you still have quite the climb ahead of you! Those of you that have done the race in the past may recognize a section of this trail as part of our Red Loop in 2018 where you're climbing up to Razorback Ridge. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking, that is, if you weren't already out of breath from the climb up to 7,600'. As you finally catch that amazing view of the Sierras, you turn left and head towards Crow's Nest Peak. It's twisty, it's turny and it keeps going up! As you crest the top of Crow's Nest, you can see Mt. Disney in front of you, and just before you think we're going to make you climb up yet another mountain, we waive the white flag and let you start descending with beautiful views of Lake Mary in the distance. There's one last short climb as you meet up with the Green Loop and head towards your friends on Yellow before the awesome downhill finish into the Ragnar Village!
125 M Relay
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