Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit is a 19.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tahoe City, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Between Tahoe City and Brockway Summit, the Tahoe Rim Trail meanders through groves of fir, cedar and aspen and across open hillsides covered with manzanita. The trail climbs steadily from Tahoe City into a mixed forest. Side trails and open slopes offer opportunities to explore cinder cones and ancient lava flows. Midway between the trailheads the terrain flattens and a denser forest provides cool, quiet shade. The trail continues past the Lava Cliffs, a lovely overlook of Lake Tahoe and the peaks lining its north shore, before dropping down to Watson Lake. This shallow lake is thickly fringed with wildflowers in spring and early summer, and is a pleasant spot for fishing, picknicking and camping. Between Watson Lake and Brockway the trail crosses gently rolling slopes covered with a patchwork of small meadows and thick forests.
This was the second section of the TRT we completed. As usual with the the TRT, the views are amazing and the hike is just majestic. We started this backpacking trip at Brockway Summit and hiked into Tahoe City with the intentions of having a nice meal and a beer afterwards. We found a great flat camping site, the only downside was we were far from water. Mid July most water sources were dried up and Watson Lake was the only reliable source at that time.