Winter Access Info and FAQ’s

Winter on the Tahoe Rim Trail provides countless opportunities for snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, snow camping, and more! Visit our frequently asked questions below for more information on winter access.

Does the Tahoe Rim Trail Association offer any guided winter opportunities?

Yes- The TRTA hosts guided Snowshoe Treks almost monthly from January to March and a two day/one night Snow Camping 101 course. Visit our events calendar for more details.

Is the Tahoe Rim Trail open during the winter?

The Tahoe Rim Trail never officially closes. However, the trail isn’t marked for winter use. Expect trail junctions, confidence markers, and signs to be covered under snow.

When does the trail become snow-free?

In an average snow year the majority of the trail is covered in snow from late October to mid-June. Expect north facing trails, higher elevation points like Relay Peak, and Desolation Wilderness to be covered longer.

What are the first sections of trail to melt?

Expect trails that are south facing, in lower elevation, and along the east shore to melt out first. Trail from Kingsbury North to Kingsbury South and from Brockway Summit to Tahoe City historically frees up quicker than most.

What is a good resource for information about avalanche risks?

In the Tahoe Basin, consult Sierra Nevada Avalanche Center.

Are there any sections of trail that aren’t accessible during the winter season?

Yes- Barker Pass’s seasonal gate closure prevents road access from October until June. Additionally, the Kingsbury South Trailhead is shared with Heavenly Stagecoach Ski area and is off limits for trail use during the ski season.

Where should I go snowshoeing?

The Tahoe Rim Trail has fantastic snowshoeing opportunities. Tahoe Meadows, Kingsbury North, and Van Sickle Bi-State Park are easy to moderate treks with stunning views.

Is trailhead parking access available during the winter months?

Don’t expect most trailheads to be plowed during the winter. There will also be limited roadside parking available. Winter trailhead parking access may be available at: 64 Acre Park in Tahoe City, Brockway West trailhead, Mt. Rose Summit trailhead, and Kingsbury North off of North Benjamin Road.

Is there any other information I should know?

Here are some useful links to additional resources