Water Sources

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Tahoe City to Brockway Summit

20.2 miles

Water Sources

  • Dry except Watson Lake
  • Seasonal: stream 1 mile east of Watson Lake

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Brockway Summit to Mt. Rose Summit / Tahoe Meadows

20.2 miles

Water Sources

  • There is no water from Brockway Summit east until Gray Lake or Mud Lake, over 11 miles
  • Grey Lake is a reliable source, but off the trail
  • Galena Creek Falls has water year round
  • Spring-fed Frog Pond has water year round
  • Seasonal Mud Lake may have water (or may just have mud)
  • A small, seasonal spring is east of Mud Lake on the south side of the trail and requires hiking several hundred feet dowhnill off the trail

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Mt. Rose Summit / Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit

23.1 miles

Water Sources

  • Ophir Creek .5 mile south of Tahoe Meadows Trailhead
  • Year round water pump at Marlette Campground
  • Marlette Lake requires a 2 mile detour off the Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Spooner Lake requires a 1 mile detour off the Tahoe Rim Trail

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Spooner Summit to Kingsbury North


12.2 miles

Water Sources

  • Dry for 12 miles; a 2018 upgrade to the Kingsbury North trailhead will provide drinking water

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Kingsbury North to Kingsbury South

Water Sources

  • 3.5 miles south of Kingsbury North seasonal Edgewood Creek
  • Water available at stores off of Tramway Drive requires a 2 mile detour off the Tahoe Rim Trail

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow

23.2 Miles

Water Sources

  • Dry 8 miles to Star Lake
  • Seasonal spring available past Freel Peak
  • Water available at Willow Creek requires a two mile detour at Armstrong Pass
  • Seasonal water in Freel Meadows
  • Water available at Saxon Creek requires less than mile detour from Saxon Creek Trail to Tucker Flat

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Big Meadow to Echo Lake

17.5 Miles

Water Sources

  • Big Meadow Creek .5 miles south
  • Round Lake
  • Upper Truckee River in Meiss Meadows
  • Showers Lake
  • Seasonal streams between Bryan Meadow and Benwood Meadow
  • Echo Lake

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Echo Lake to Barker Pass

32.7 miles

Water Sources

  • Desolation Wilderness- Lake Aloha, Heather Lake, Susie Lake, Gilmore Lake, Fontanillis Lake, and  Middle Velma Lake
  • 9 mile dry section until Richardson Lake
  • Seasonal: Two miles south of Barker Pass is a small creek

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Barker Pass to Tahoe City

16.7 miles

Water Sources

  • Seasonal: Small stream just north of Barker Pass
  • 5 mile dry section after Twin Peaks until Ward Creek
  • Truckee River .5 miles from Tahoe City South

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