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Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit is a 18.8 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 best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 18.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,303 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

backpacking
6 days ago

Great trail! I clocked 21.6 miles total; 14.5 to Watson Lake and 7.1 from the lake to Brockway. Elevation gain is generally gradual and there are plenty of gorgeous views. No snow (6/27-28) on the trail and wildflowers were blooming. Lake was warm but has a silty bottom.

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snow
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, but unfortunately couldn’t finish due to snow at mile 9. Used the fire road (Mount Watson Blvd.) to hike down from the TRT.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike from Tahoe City to Watson Lake.

Long Trail did Brockway to Tahoe City, clocked at 20 miles. Lots of loose rocks on trail. Decent views

backpacking
Wed Jul 04 2018

Did this from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit as our groups first overnight trip. Watson Lake is the only real water source on this section. We were lucky enough to not encounter too unruly car campers at Watson Lake, unlike some other reviewers on other sites. Watson Lake sites have bear boxes in case your not wanting to bring a bear cannister on this section. Overall, great trip with great views!

backpacking
Mon Jul 02 2018

Horrible night camping at Watson lake. Bunch of drunk people fighting. Nice camping spots tho. Id avoid camping there if you are thru hiking or section hiking. ✌️

backpacking
Mon Jun 18 2018

As my first segment of the TRT, every step was full of adventure. Around mile 5, I ran into a smokey area where someone had a small fire that caught the pine needles and other mulch in the dirt on fire. When I found it, the dirt had burnt into a 6 foot wide by 12 foot long area. I called it in and moved on. There were a few wonderful vista's of the lake, but even more of the Truckee area valleys. So Much Fun!

backpacking
Tue Jun 28 2016

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.

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