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Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit is a 17.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,182 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Between Big Meadow and Echo Summit, the trail wanders from meadows to lakes to creeks, and through dense stands of pine, fir and aspen. The trail heads south from Big Meadow trailhead across a gently rolling landscape of grassy meadows and fragrant conifer stands. The shaded shores of Round Lake is nestled beneath high cliffs. Further on, the TRT merges with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) and swings north through flower filled Meiss Meadows and alongside the cool head waters of the Upper Truckee River. The trail then climbs past granite lined shores of Showers Lake and through a rocky bowl where seasonal creeks tumble down steep ridges into lush meadows. Further north the landscape becomes more rugged and much drier, and opens into occasional views of Lake Tahoe. The trail drops over a granite ridge in a long steep downhill traverse before leveling off. A small stream outlined with ferns and flowers provides a refreshing respite before the short ascent to the Echo Summit Trailhead.