Current Trail Conditions

Use caution when approaching and crossing streams and creeks this spring and summer. Warm temperatures and sunshine are causing the deep snowpack to melt rapidly and many streams and creeks are carrying 2-3 times their normal flow. 

 

Tahoe had more snowfall this winter than any season since 1982-1983 and the majority of the trail is still covered in several feet of snow (and much more in some areas). Expect the trail to stay mostly covered in snow through the spring and well into summer at high elevations and on north-facing slopes. Expect the snow to be higher than directional signs and make sure you are able to navigate independently. Always carry plenty of water, lots of sunscreen, and let others know your plans.

For the latest information on snow depth, please check the current snow depth map.

Each segment of the TRT is listed below with the most recent information we have. Please note that conditions can change rapidly – what you encounter on the trail may be somewhat different from what you read here.  Make sure to check the forecast before heading out on the TRT and always plan ahead and prepare.  You are responsible for your own safety and well-being on the trail.

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Trail Segment Conditions

Tahoe City to Brockway

Last Updated: 6/20/2017

Trail Conditions

The first 5 miles or so of trail from Tahoe City are clear of snow. Snow is found after the first 3 miles of the trail from Brockway Summit and can easily be lost. Expect the trail to be covered in snow as you get further from the trailheads and reach higher elevations.

Water Sources

Water is available at Watson Lake but it should be carefully treated before consumption.

Parking and Access

The gate to access the Fiberboard Freeway is closed and the road is still covered in snow a few miles out from Brockway Summit. Watson Lake dispersed camping area is closed for the season and due to snow its opening will be delayed.

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Brockway Summit to Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead/Tahoe Meadows

Last Updated: 6/5/2017

Trail Conditions

The trail is snow-free up to Picnic Rock, but expect the trail to be covered in snow as you get a few miles out of Brockway. Almost the entire trail is covered in snow from Mt. Rose Summit.

Mt. Rose Summit Kiosk at 8,900ft – 6/5/2017

Water Sources

Water is available at Mud Lake (seasonal), Grey Lake, Frog Pond and Galena Falls though accessing some of these locations requires leaving the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiking downhill for up to a mile.

Parking and Access

The Mount Rose Summit Trailhead is clear of snow, but the bathrooms are still buried and unreachable. The Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot is not plowed in winter and has not yet melted out. There is limited parking along the highway shoulder.

Trail Use Regulations

Mountain bikes are PROHIBITED within the Mount Rose Wilderness. Mountain bikes and equestrians should take the forest road from Mt. Rose Summit trailhead to Relay Peak as ONLY hikers are allowed on the waterfall trail from Mt. Rose Summit trailhead to Relay Peak. Following these regulations helps prevent user conflicts. Please visit our Regulations and Permits page for more information.

Overnight Trail Users

The campground at Mount Rose Summit is still closed due to snow.

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Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead/Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit

Last Updated: 6/5/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be covered in snow everywhere except the first 3 miles or so north from Spooner Summit.

Water Sources

There is water in Ophir Creek in Tahoe Meadows. Twin Lakes have been dry for years but may have water this spring. There is a hand pump at the Marlette Peak Campground which is not available until the campground is open. Water can be found off the TRT at Marlette Lake, Spooner Lake, and along the Marlette Lake Outlet.

Parking and Access

The Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot is not plowed in winter and is still closed due to snow. There is limited parking along the highway shoulder. The parking lots at Spooner Summit North and South are clear of snow but the trail in both directions is covered in snow almost immediately upon leaving the parking lot. The trail around Spooner Lake is melted out.

Trail Use Regulations

Bikers are advised to ride on the TRT ONLY on even numbered calendar days between Tahoe Meadows (Mt. Rose Highway/431) and Tunnel Creek Road. Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding the TRT between Hobart Road and Spooner Summit. Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding Christopher’s Loop. Following these regulations helps prevent user conflicts. Please visit Regulations and Permits for more information.

Overnight Trail Users

The campground at Mount Rose Summit is still closed due to snow. Dispersed camping is PROHIBITED within the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You must camp in a designated campsite. The only designated campground in the park on the TRT is the Marlette Peak Campground. There is no fee and no reservations are required. Please visit Backpacking, Bikepacking and Thruhiking for more information.

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Spooner Summit to Kingsbury North

Last Updated: 6/14/2017

Trail Conditions

The trail is mostly snow free for the first 3 miles or so north of the Kingsbury North Connector. Expect the remaining parts of the trail to be mostly covered in snow particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

This section has no reliable water sources. A water fountain should be installed at the Kingsbury North trailhead by the end of 2018.

Parking and Access

The parking area at Spooner Summit is melted out and open though the trail is still mostly snow covered. The opening of Genoa Peak Road is delayed due to snow.

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Kingsbury North to Kingsbury South

Includes Daggett system trails (e.g. Van Sickle Connector Trail)

Last Updated: 6/20/2017

Trail Conditions

The TRT and Daggett Loop are clear and snow free. Access to Van Sickle Bi-State Park and all trails in the park are also snow free.

Water Sources

Water is available on the west side of Hwy 207 at Edgewood Creek and on the Van Sickle Connector Trail at the Van Sickle Waterfall and at a stream crossing below the TRT junction. There is no water on the Daggett Northeast Loop.

Parking and Access

Van Sickle Bi-State Park is open for the season as of May 1. All other trailheads in this section are open though some snow persists on the trail.

Upgrades will be made to the Kingsbury North Trailhead starting this summer and continuing into 2018. Potable water, a bathroom, and upgraded parking facilities are included in the plans. Please be aware that during the process of revamping there may be construction vehicles in the parking area and some delays or limited parking may occur.

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow

Last Updated: 6/5/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be melted out at lower elevations but still covered in snow drifts at elevations above 8500 feet. 

Water Sources

Daggett Creek and Mott Canyon should have reliable flows. Star Lake is a reliable water source. There will likely be springs in a couple of places between the Freel Saddle and Armstrong Pass, approximately 2 miles northeast of Armstrong Pass.

Parking and Access

Big Meadow trailhead is open and the campground at Big Meadow is open. There is limited parking available along Highway 89 at the Grass Lake Spur trailhead. The USFS has opened the gate at Willow Creek Road/USFS road 051 but they do not have any reports on the condition of the road at this time.

Trail Use Regulations

Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding the Freel Peak Trail. Following this regulation helps prevent erosion and other resource damage. Please visit the Regulations and Permits page for more information.

Overnight Trail Users

The campground at Big Meadow is open for the season. Please follow Leave No Trace camping guidelines and do not camp within 200 feet of water sources, including alpine lakes. Please visit Backpacking, Bikepacking and Thruhiking for more information.

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Big Meadow to Echo Lakes

Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Trail Conditions

The trail out of Big Meadow is snow free for a little under a mile. Big Meadow is flooded in up to 18 inches of water and should not be crossed to avoid damaging sensitive soils and vegetation. The trail to Scotts Lake is snow free. Accessing the trail from Carson Pass is somewhat melted in patches of highly exposed areas and other patches are still 6-8 ft. deep. The approach to the PCT/TRT junction is 100% covered in snow including the Upper Truckee River- you cannot see the river. Expect the trail to be covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

There is water at  Big Meadow Creek, Round Lake, Dardanelles Lake, Showers Lake, the Upper Truckee River at Meiss Meadow, the ponds at the Four Lakes region just north of Meiss Meadow (approximately a mile south of Showers Lake), the flower bowl north of Showers Lake, approximately 3 miles south of Echo Summit at the upper end of the Benwood Meadow feeder creek and in the creek that feeds Benwood Meadow 1.5 miles south of Echo Summit. There is also a  pond near Benwood Meadow on the residential trail.

Parking and Access

Big Meadow and Echo Summit trailheads are open and clear of snow. The upper Echo Lakes lot is accessible and open. The water taxi at Echo Lakes is not running. 

Trail Use Regulations

The TRT joins the Pacific Crest Trail heading south at Meiss Meadow. Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding on the PCT. Following this regulation helps prevent user conflicts (and hefty fines!). Please visit Regulations and Permits for more information.

Overnight Trail Users

The campground at Big Meadow is open. Please follow Leave No Trace camping guidelines and do not camp within 200 feet of water sources, including alpine lakes. Please visit Backpacking, Bikepacking and Thruhiking for more information.

Segment Map

Echo Lakes to Barker Pass

Last Updated: 6/21/2017

Trail Conditions

Lower Echo Lake is completely thawed and Upper Echo Lake is mostly cleared of ice. The trail around the lakes is partially cleared of snow. Closer to the wilderness boundary the snow increases covering the entire trail. Expect Desolation Wilderness to be completely covered in dozens of feet of snow. The higher passes, such as Dicks Pass, are likely to be corniced and dangerous.

Water Sources

There are plenty of water sources from the southern border of Desolation Wilderness north to Middle Velma lake. All lakes and streams within this segment should have plenty of water for filtering/treatment, but may be frozen and covered in snow. Water is also available at Phipp’s Creek, Richardson Lake, and from springs south of Barker Pass.

Parking and Access

The upper Echo Lakes trailhead is open but the water taxi at Echo Lakes is not yet running. Barker Pass road is gated and closed for the winter; it will open late whenever the snow on the road melts. The opening of Blackwood Canyon campground has been delayed due to snow and wet conditions. Bayview Campground is open. The Eagle Falls Bathrooms are open.

Trail Use Regulations

This entire section is collocated with the Pacific Crest Trail. Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding on the PCT and from riding in Desolation Wilderness. Following this regulation helps prevent user conflicts (and hefty fines!). Please visit Regulations and Permits for more information.

Overnight Trail Users

Please follow Leave No Trace camping guidelines and do not camp within 200 feet of water sources, including alpine lakes. Please visit Backpacking, Bikepacking and Thruhiking for more information.

Segment Map

Barker Pass to Tahoe City

Last Updated: 6/19/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be mostly covered in snow except in the lowest elevations around Tahoe City. Trail traveling south of Ward Creek towards Twin Peaks has several water crossings over the trail. The last crossing before the bridge (once the trail turns into single track) has a fast rushing water crossing with no good way to navigate across currently. Trail shortly becomes packed with heavier snow covering the trail after.

6/17/17 Ward Creek South 

Traveling from Ward Creek to Tahoe City- Area at Ward Creek very buggy. The jeep track is badly washed out, but dry and not difficult to walk. Snow patches begin about the same time you leave the jeep track. A couple of the patches are fairly large; easy to cross. Trail starts getting muddy as it nears Page Meadow. The meadow itself is still a big swamp; parts of the trail under about 4″ of water. Area also very buggy. For the first half-mile north of the meadow, the trail is a channel for flowing snow melt. More snow patches across the trail until you reach the the junction 2 miles short of Tahoe City. From then on, trail is dry.

6/17/17 Page Meadows

Water Sources

North Fork Blackwood Creek has water but may be buried in snow. There are likely several springs crossing the trail north of Barker Pass and south of Twin Peaks, though they will be buried in snow. Ward Creek is an available water source.

Parking and Access

Barker Pass road is gated and closed for the winter; it is scheduled to open all the way to the trailhead on June 15, 2017 but will likely remain closed past that date due to snow. Parking areas at the Tahoe City trailheads are open.

A significant construction project will begin this summer to replace the Truckee River (Fanny) Bridge, construct a roundabout and complete street enhancements on State Route 89 in Tahoe City. This will affect the routing of the trail, but trail users should be able to travel on the TRT through the construction area at all times. There may be delays and/or escorts required, so please be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you announce yourself as you approach the construction area.

Trail Use Regulations

The TRT joins the Pacific Crest Trail heading south from Granite Chief Wilderness. Bikers are PROHIBITED from riding on the PCT and from riding in Desolation and Granite Chief Wildernesses. Following this regulation helps prevent user conflicts (and hefty fines!). Please visit Regulations and Permits for more information.

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The Tahoe Rim Trail’s Trail Conditions page relies on the support of trail users to get the most up-to-date information. If you have any updates to the information listed above please email them to info@tahoerimtrail.org or click here to report conditions or trail issues online.