Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a 169.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length169.3 miElevation gain27,916 ftRoute typeLoop
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A 13 day through hike around the TRT starting at Tahoe Meadows. You can not bike the entire trail because some of the path goes through designated wilderness and certain areas where biking is prohibited. There are guided hikes available through The Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

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Danielle Jacobs
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Camping

love this trail!

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O B
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Backpacking

Just finished Clockwise in 9 days. I recommend that beginner hikers plan for 15 mile days but if you get up early enough and bring enough Advil then you can easily do about 20 miles. None of the climbs were too difficult and none of the dry stretches were too long but here’s a breakdown of those two things: Climbs: Relay Peak (4,000 ft over 15 miles)is pretty gradual until the final few miles (~500 ft per mile) but the switchbacks are lengthy enough that you don’t suck too much wind. Freel Peak was pretty cruisy four mile climb with Star Lake in the middle. The CCW climb didn’t look as enjoyable. Schneider Camp Trail Junction was a sleeper climb. There are a few several-hundred foot climbs no switch backs. It definitely kicked our butts and we were thankful it was in the morning for us. Dicks Pass was about a four mile climb but it never got too steep and when it did the views took the pain away. Barker Pass was rough, exposed and didn’t offer my favorite views. Twin Peaks had some good views and water sources. Long dry sections: Watson to Grey Lake (18ish miles) but there was a water cache at Brockway. Marlette Lake CG to Edgewood Creek (24ish miles) unless you take the 1.4 mile trip to Spooner Lake. Otherwise it’s 14 miles from Spooner Summit to Edgewood Creek. Oh and there is great cellphone signal for Verizon on the Nevada side!

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Krissy Harclerode
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BackpackingGreat!No shade

Be prepared for long water carries on the eastern (Nevada) side. Lots of people on the trail struggled with water, having no way to stay hydrated in the heat.

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Maddie Jaynes
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Tough but worth it! A word of warning - be ready for random thunderstorms and rain! Rained on us almost every day of our trip which was fine, but would have been better with rain gear. Amazing though, started in Tahoe City and went clockwise, resupply in South Lake was easy - the post office takes general delivery, called a cab at the Kingsbury trailhead - couldn’t recommend Tahoe Checker enough, super friendly and awesome dudes. Decent fishing at Star Lake, caught enough Brookies for dinner. Not the best fishing in Desolation, however, didn’t catch anything through there. The small store at Echo Lake is a good resupply option too, they’ve got a lot of good stuff in there. Lastly, despite horror stories about bears and bear bag hanging dilemmas in Desolation - we saw ZERO signs of any bears and had no problems doing a proper bear bag hang at Aloha or the Velma lakes.

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Daniel Brickman
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I’m planning on thru hiking the TRT late summer 2021. Does anyone know a good way to keep an eye on snow conditions? Thanks! Sorry this isn’t actually a review.

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Brad Turner
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Cassie Reno
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Completed the thru hike July 27- August 10th 2019. 15 days/ 14 nights. Perfect time to go! Wildflowers were everywhere and so beautiful and butterflies were everywhere. Completed it counterclockwise which was perfect and gave desolation more time to thaw out. By the time we got there the snow was pretty non existent. The parts of the trail it was on we could easily walk over or around it! Humbling experience completing a thru hike, but this is a must do if you’re just getting started in thruhiking or want a longer backpacking trip.

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Mike Lucas
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Mountain biking

Biked this section near Genoa peak on June 6. ALMOST ready for biking, should be ok for hiking. Snowdrifts crossing trail every quarter mile or so but not a showstopper.

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ian Harris
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I am thinking of hiking this during the summer of 2019 . Does anyone have estimates when it will be snow free? I assume heavy snow fall this winter will means its will be later than normal.

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B K Jaworski
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Backpacking

I split my TRT thru-hike into two major sections. First half in June and second half in August. Both were bug free. I'd make sure, next time to pack extra water flavorings as Spooner Summit Lake water wasn't exactly flavorful. There is water off the trail in Friel Meadows, it will take a few extra minutes to reach. Take an extra day in Desolation Wilderness. I did it in a day. It's too awesome to bust out that fast. This is a great first thru-hike fir those wanting to get into LDH. It teaches resupply, resource management, and hike mileage strategy. PS I thru-hike'd the AT several years ago.

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B K Jaworski
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Backpacking

Update to an earlier Reivew I went back and completed the sections I'd missed in the spring. I connected Tahoe City CA with Kingsbury Grade CA via the Desolation Wilderness. One must obtain a Desolation Wilderness Permit before going into the region. the DW is by far my favorite section with vistas and lakes galore. Do not expect to resupply at Echo Lake Chalette (sp) it is a 'gas station' type of stop with some great people working there. This mid-August the bugs were gone. The weather mild with late afternoon thunder storms on the Eastern half.

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B K Jaworski
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Backpacking

I went counter clockwise beginning at Mt Rose. Made it to Tahoe City before jumping off and shuttling to Kingsbury Grade due to snow reports on Dick's Pass and Freel Pass. I realized I started a week to soon for the snow to clear. Others were doing these sections with some difficulty. This is the first trail I needed to be concerned about water. For me 2ltrs was not enough on the dry sections.

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Robert York
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Hiking

Did the whole TTR in 2012. Started at echo and it worked out great. Took 13 days.

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Michael Tanchek
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Haven't completed the Tahoe Meadows to Spooner segment yet. I've been wandering around the whole section of the Carson Range between the Lake and Carson City-Carson City-Washoe Valley and Woodfords to I-80. I'll get it done eventually...

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Paul Honatke
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Yesterday I hiked a small part of the Rim Trail for a great view of the Lake. Drive 2.7 miles out of town on 267. The trail crosses the road there and goes uphill (East). Follow signs for the Spur Trail. A nice 1.5 mi uphill climb for a little side trip while you're in the area. I have gone downhill from the trailhead there and found it less than thrilling...

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audrey huber
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Dave & Jackson User
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David Wingate
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Thomas Houston
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Mike Dennis
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Joshua Flowers
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Chuck Meyer
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Gregory Cortese
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Sam Patterson
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Elsa Boscarello
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Rachel Roach
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Jenny Haas
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Mike Cannata
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Salvador Valdez
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