Current Trail Conditions

The calendar says spring but the conditions look more like winter. Tahoe had more snowfall this winter than any season since 1982-1983 and the trail is covered in up to 10+ feet of snow. Expect the trail to stay completely covered in snow through the spring and well into summer, particularly 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: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in snow except in the lowest elevations around Tahoe City where it may melt off between spring storms.

Water Sources

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

Parking and Access

Parking areas at the Tahoe City trailheads are plowed in the winter. The Fiberboard Freeway is not plowed in the winter. Watson Lake dispersed camping area is closed for the season and scheduled to open June 1, 2017.

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Brockway Summit to Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead/Tahoe Meadows

Last Updated: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

Water is available at Mud Lake, Grey Lake, Incline Lake and Frog Pond though accessing each of these locations requires leaving the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiking downhill for up to a mile. Water is also available at Galena falls.

Parking and Access

The parking area at Brockway East is not plowed in the winter. The Mt. Rose Highway (431) and the trailhead at Mt. Rose Summit are plowed in the winter. The Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot is not plowed in winter and 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.

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Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead/Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit

Last Updated: 4/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

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

Parking and Access

The Mt. Rose Highway (431) is plowed in the winter. The Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot is not plowed in winter and there is limited parking along the highway shoulder. The parking lots at Spooner Summit are not plowed in the winter but Spooner North was plowed as of 4/6/2017. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks does plow its parking area at Spooner Lake but charges a fee.

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

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: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep 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 not plowed in the winter and there is limited parking along Highway 50. Genoa Peak Road is scheduled to open June 1, 2017. Kingsbury North is plowed in the winter and has limited parking available.

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Kingsbury North to Kingsbury South

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

Last Updated: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

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 gated and closed for the season though trail access is available on foot. Kingsbury North is plowed in the winter and has limited parking available. Genoa Peak Road is scheduled to open June 1, 2017. The Boulder parking lot is plowed during the winter but most days will fill with visitors to the Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Kingsbury South trailhead at the Stagecoach parking area is plowed during the winter but most days will fill with visitors to the Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow

Last Updated: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

Daggett Creek and Mott Canyon should have reliable flows though they may be frozen and under snow. Star Lake is frozen over and covered in snow. 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

The Kingsbury South trailhead at the Stagecoach parking area is plowed during the winter but most days will fill with visitors to the Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Boulder parking lot at is plowed during the winter but most days will fill up with visitors to the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Big Meadow trailhead is closed for the season and the parking area is not plowed; it is scheduled to open on May 1, 2017. There is limited parking available along Highway 89 at the Grass Lake Spur trailhead.

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 closed 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: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in very deep snow, particularly at high elevations.

Water Sources

Most, if not all, water sources are frozen and/or under snow. 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 trailhead is closed for the season and the parking area is not plowed; it is scheduled to open on May 1, 2017. The road to and parking at Echo Lakes are not plowed. The Echo Lakes trailhead is scheduled to open on May 26, 2017. The water taxi at Echo Lakes only runs in the summer. Luther Pass Campground is scheduled to open May 25, 2017.

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 closed 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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Echo Lakes to Barker Pass

Last Updated: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

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 road to and parking at Echo Lakes are not plowed. The Echo Lakes trailhead is scheduled to open on May 26, 2017. The water taxi at Echo Lakes only runs in the summer. 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. Bayview Campground is scheduled to open on May 12, 2017. The restrooms at Eagle Falls trailhead are scheduled to open on May 19, 2017.

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.

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Barker Pass to Tahoe City

Last Updated: 3/6/2017

Trail Conditions

Expect the trail to be completely covered in snow except in the lowest elevations around Tahoe City where it may melt off between spring storms.

Water Sources

North Fork Blackwood Creek has water but may be frozen and buried in snow. There are likely still 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 though it may be frozen over in places

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. Parking areas at the Tahoe City trailheads are plowed in the winter.

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.