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Tahoe City Rim Trail Loop is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tahoe City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 1,414 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wildlife

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Reviews (148)
Photos (311)
Recordings (131)
Completed (198)
Lisa Culbertson
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Hiking

Well if it weren’t for AllTrails... I would still be going! Luckily I checked at one point after the Cinder Cone Peak and realized I was about 1/2 mile off track and was able to get back on the route - no problem! Thank you AllTrails!

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Carissa Hoover
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Hiking

We went clockwise, went up about 5 miles and turned around. After reading other people’s reviews we didn’t want to experience the roads and sun on the second half. Incline wasn’t steep. There are lots of lookouts to see Tahoe and Truckee. Mostly shaded but there are a good amount of exposed areas. Pretty dusty and no water for doggies. I didn’t like all the mountain bikers. They snuck up on us and it’s just not very safe for us or our doggies. Overall I really liked this trail, gave it 4/5 because it’s dry/no water.

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Anne Silberstein
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Hiking

Leave around 9am. Lots of shade but it still gets warm. Beautiful vistas of Lakw Tahoe and the Truckee River.

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Kate B
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Hiking

First half 5 stars, second half three stars. Overall glad I did it, next time going up 5 miles clockwise and turning back to skip flat paved roads and enjoy twice the views.

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Meiling Kubik
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HikingRocky

A gorgeous hike with little peeks at the lake and views over Truckee. We started clockwise and came back the way we came at the half way point as suggested by other reviewers. A bit rocky, a little tough on the ankles - sturdy shoes recommended.

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Alice Wang
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HikingRocky

Early July hike from car park to Cinder Cone there-and-back on the left side (clockwise then anti-clockwise). The best views of Lake Tahoe and Truckee River are honestly in the lower 1/3 while facing downhill. It’s easy to miss these tucked away view points while climbing uphill, but on the way down they open your eyes time and again. The ‘top’ Cinder Cone has nothing particularly special. At least 70% of the trail is in the shade, so very pleasant. If you are mostly going for the views then I recommend following the rim trail on the left, up to 1/3 or 1/2 elevation and keep looking back down. Higher is not better in this case! If you are going for exercise then of course go as far as you like!

Cory Cooper
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HikingRocky

Nice hike. As others say do it clockwise. The last section is a bit dusty. Overall a really good hike with nice lake views at several points. First half is up, but not severe, then back down.

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Marc Trovato
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Mountain bikingRocky

The east side of the loop is good for mtn biking, up to the peak and back. I recommend staying away from the river/lake side - very rocky. The east side is a good climb and the downhill back the same way would’ve been nice! Better trails in this area for bikes, in my opinion.

Thinus Venter
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Hiking

Really fun hike with good views of the lake and the Truckee River! Some of the Ocelot Trail is not indicated very well, so make sure to check your map when you hit larger intersections.

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Hemal Patel
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Hiking

First half well shaded and well pretty, back half is mostly in the sun. Would definitely recommend. Parking is easy. Great views of the lake and meadows of trees. Would do clockwise. Bring plenty of water.

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elizabeth stevenson
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Hiking

Great hiking trail. Pretty views but hard on the feet if your not use to hiking. Other then my feet dying on my in the last two miles it was a great trail and will probably do it again sometime.

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Lance Visser
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Hiking

Overall excellent hike. Highly recommend going clockwise. Near halfway but sure to keep on eye on the map. It’s easily to make a wrong turn.

Brian Whitelaw-McDonald
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Hiking

Wonderful trail, nice and shady but with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. Shallow slopes, good for family hikes, and easy public parking at the trailhead.

Lucas Lux
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Mountain biking

Fantastic trail that gives you the feel of jettisoning civilization even though it's accessible directly from Tahoe City. The grades are less steep than most climbs around Tahoe, making it a good candidate for folks less interested in trekking up steep sustained climbs. Great views of Lake Tahoe on the way up. We hiked, but the trail looked great for medium skilled MTBers. We went clockwise and would recommend it; the last mile or so of the hike is on paved road including a stint through a neighborhood, but it was worth it for the rest of the hike. Overall, recommend this hike for folks looking for a medium length hike that has great views but is moderate on climbing.

Sydney Heller
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Hiking

Following the advice of other reviews, we also did the first half, up to the huge vista, and then doubled back. Overall great trail with great views. Very few other hikers and a decent amount of mountain bikers. Easy to follow and moderate difficulty. Temperatures ranged quite a bit. Highly recommended.

Sara M
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Hiking

Enjoyed this trail but if I did it again I’d probably make it an out-and-back as the first part up to lookout is more varied and has really great views. Bit of snow still just passed the high point. Look for the Power Line signage to follow the path back down if you do the loop (we got a little lost with the snow) Good amount of shade.

Alex Shoer
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Hiking

Beautiful loop. Use the map as Easy to get in wrong trail. A little bit of snow still on back side but really not much. Hike with regular running shoes and was just fine. Another two weeks and snow will likely be gone.

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Whitney Lynn
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LYNN B.
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Hiking

Awesome hike. The trail starts across from the community center. There’s a parking lot there.

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Rachany S.
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HikingIcyOff trailRockySnow

Views were great during the first half. The second half of the loop was still covered in snow so I would wait a few weeks until it’s had a chance to melt.

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Rod G
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Rocky

Mountain bike

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charmaine :)
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Running

Nice trail with great views of the lake. The final leg of the trail is less interesting since it ends on the Mt Watson Access road in a neighborhood zone. I had two separate bear encounters on the trail. The first one, the bear was ~20 feet in front of me on the trail, fled and went up a tree. For the second, I turned a corner and was ~10 feet away from the bear, who was surprised and fled. They were pretty cute. :)

Todd Elkins
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Hiking

Took 3 hours with a couple 5 min stops. Shade 75% of trail.

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Cindy S.
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Hiking

Nice hike in that it's a loop of a good length without many ways to get lost. The eastern half is on wide road/trails. There's a new sign for the Powerline trail off to the left of the Mt Watson road, which was useful. No sign at all where it dead-ends. Go left! After a few steps, you'll see the blue TRT blaze on a tree. The cinder cone area, and more generally the higher altitude parts of the hike, are nicer than the rest. The eastern half is a little scary right by the cliffs if you have an off-leash dog. You can also hear the traffic on 89 for part of the trail. On the northeast part of the loop, the "old ocelot" portion of the trail has been closed -- recommend going on "new ocelot" instead, or just taking the lower part of the Mt Watson access road.

Chase Kelley
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Hiking

But of snow but manageable!

cara lazarus
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Hiking

Great trail, excellent views. The Monday hike had very few hikers on the trail.

Cody Yonker
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Mountain biking

Awesome climb up with amazing views and the climb is crazy hard but does get technical but is worth the ride down. Looking forward o doing it again.

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