Backpacker Magazine South Lake Tahoe, CA: Tahoe Rim Trail 

Take two weeks to hike through superlative Sierra Nevada country on a 165-mile circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe. Ranging in elevation from 6,240 feet to 10,338 feet, the TRT spans two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 25 Jun 2010 10:43:16 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Backpacking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 168.09 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 27626 ft
Total Loss: 27621 ft
Net Change: 5 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, Echo Lake, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Major trip-planning beta below.

RESUPPLY MADE EASY
On a thru-hike starting at Echo Lake, you’ll never have to carry more than four days of food. Rest and resupply at these three spots.

#1. Tahoe City, CA
MILES FROM START 52
SHOP Save Mart Supermarket, 100 River Rd.
INDULGE Burgers and beers at Bridge Tender (530) 583-3342; 65 West Lake Blvd.

#2. Incline Village, NV
MILES FROM START 90
SHOP Raley’s Supermarket, 930 Tahoe Blvd.
INDULGE Ceviche Taco Salad at Hacienda de la Sierra (775) 831-8300; 901 Tahoe Blvd.

#3. Zephyr Village, NV
MILES FROM START 130
SHOP Safeway, 212 Elks Point Rd.
INDULGE Waffles and banana splits at Red Hut Café (775) 588-7488; 229 Kingsbury Grade

GUIDEBOOK AND MAP
The Tahoe Rim Trail, by Tim Hauserman ($13; wildernesspress.com); Tom Harrison Maps Lake Tahoe Recreation Map ($10; tomharrisonmaps.com)
 
HYDRATION
Water gets scarce starting in July. Tank up before these sections: Tahoe City
to Mt. Rose Highway (38 miles; consider a cache at Brockway Summit); Kingsbury North to Spooner Lake (20 miles); Spooner Lake to Ophir Creek (18 miles).

PERMITS
Required only in the Desolation Wilderness. Half kept for walk-ups ($5/
hiker/night; 530-543-2694; fs.fed.us/R5/ LTBMU/). Thru-hikers must pay fees, but aren’t subject to site quotas.

TO TRAILHEAD: Directions to the Echo Lake Trailhead. From South Lake Tahoe, take US 50 W 7.6 miles to FR 11NO6C. Turn right and drive .1 mile to a slight right onto FR 11N06 (becomes Echo Lakes Rd.) and go .9 mile.

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Tahoe Rim Trail

Distance: 168.09 mi Points: 7347
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Tahoe Rim Trail

Points of Interest

TRT01

Location: 38.833766, -120.042377
From Lower Echo Lake trailhead), hike along the eastern edge of four small lakes dotted with granite islands. Also, here you'll find the Echo Chalet Forest Service outpost.

TRT02

Location: 38.847194, -120.087484
At mile 3.1, enter the wilderness where the TRT and the Pacific Crest Trail merge

TRT03

Location: 38.865545, -120.130261
Stop at the boulder-strewn shores of Lake Aloha for a swim beneath Pyramid Peak and the spired crest of the Crystal Range-watch for marmots near the pile of rocks known as Cracked Crag

TRT06

Location: 38.877922, -120.134600
In spring and early summer, an outlet creek creates a snowtunnel waterfall perfect for showerin

TRT07

Location: 38.879264, -120.126699
At mile nine, camp at Susie Lake with views of 9,974-foot Dick's Peak. Push

TRT08

Location: 38.904128, -120.139116
Push 1,600 feet to Dick's Pass the next morning, where, after a few hours of climbing, you'll have huge views of a dozen lakes and 130-mile visibility north to 10,462-foot Lassen Peak (on clear days).

TRT09

Location: 38.921425, -120.152498
The next 2.5 miles drop 1,000 feet to Fontanillis Lake, where you can rest your dogs in crisp, clear water.

TRT11

Location: 39.024358, -120.211980
Richardson Lake, a tree-lined tarn with campsites on the northwest corner

TRT12

Location: 39.049266, -120.244305
The last 6.7 miles to Barker Pass (12) traverse rolling terrain through dense forest dotted with meadows. End at Barker Pass trailhead.

TRT04

Location: 38.876337, -120.146250
Nav tip: At the northern side of Aloha, turn east away from Mosquito Pass toward Glen Alpine; it's a frequently missed turn.

TRT05

Location: 38.878352, -120.138667
In half a mile, reach Heather Lake, encircled in flowers and hemlocks.

TRT10

Location: 38.933407, -120.149473
Pass Upper and Middle Velma Lake (10), each with nearby camping. Water up here, as the trail enters an eight-mile dry section through firs to Richardson Lake

TRT47

Location: 38.832037, -119.912210
ARMSTRONG PASS

TRT39

Location: 39.157551, -119.886984
BACK TO TRT

TRT24

Location: 39.280206, -120.030868
BEST VIEW YET OF LAKE

TRT49

Location: 38.789673, -119.999519
BIG MEADOWS

TRT26

Location: 39.289819, -119.979406
COOL CINDERCONE

TRT22

Location: 39.257926, -120.065866
BROCKWAY ROAD CAMPSITE

TRT52

Location: 38.801534, -120.036387
ECHO SUMMIT

TRT13

Location: 39.093520, -120.243631
FIRST BIG VIEW OF LAKE TAHOE

TRT48

Location: 38.802183, -119.977933
GRASS LAKE TRAIL

TRT31

Location: 39.313246, -119.897141
HACIENDA DE LA SIERRA MEX FOOD

TRT42

Location: 39.062286, -119.899784
HUGE LAKE VIEW

TRT34

Location: 39.249625, -119.953030
INCLINE VILLAGE STARBUCKS

TRT38

Location: 39.164910, -119.898004
MARLETTE LAKE

TRT37

Location: 39.190970, -119.889143
MARLETTE PK CAMPGROUND

TRT45

Location: 38.917527, -119.889828
MONUMENT PASS

TRT25

Location: 39.277345, -120.001088
MT ROSE WILDERNESS

TRT28

Location: 39.293815, -119.953094
MUD LAKE

TRT41

Location: 39.086401, -119.887842
NEAR GENOA PK RD CAMPSITE

TRT30

Location: 39.322762, -119.940292
OLD CHAIRLIFT

TRT15

Location: 39.108375, -120.236937
PCT TRT JUNCTION CAMPSITE

TRT29

Location: 39.315434, -119.946980
RELAY PEAK

TRT20

Location: 39.214274, -120.158704
ROAD CAMPSITE

TRT50

Location: 38.751614, -120.003585
ROUND LAKE

TRT44

Location: 39.006360, -119.948965
S LAKE TAHOE BEACH

TRT51

Location: 38.742664, -120.034152
SHOWERS LAKE

TRT14

Location: 39.105691, -120.236654
SIERRA CREST PANORAMA

TRT27

Location: 39.291630, -119.957448
SKIRTING RELAY PEAK

TRT40

Location: 39.104604, -119.896963
SPOONER SUMMIT

TRT44

Location: 38.960675, -119.886363
STAGECOACH SKI LIFT

TRT46

Location: 38.876824, -119.889802
STAR LAKE CAMPSITE

TRT19

Location: 39.174711, -120.136316
TAHOE CITY CAMPGROUND

TRT32

Location: 39.307336, -119.908001
TAHOE MEADOWS TRAILHEAD

TRT23

Location: 39.234605, -120.018442
THE CHAR PIT KINGS BEACH

TRT18

Location: 39.162360, -120.152341
TRUCKEE RIVER

TRT36

Location: 39.219262, -119.904300
TUNNELL CREEK ROAD

TRT17

Location: 39.140484, -120.191759
WARD HIGHWAY

TRT35

Location: 39.268750, -119.898722
WASHOE LAKE VIEW

TRT21

Location: 39.224628, -120.136580
WATSON LAKE

TRT33

Location: 39.249517, -119.955639
WILDFLOWER CAFE

TRT43

Location: 39.005878, -119.947456
ZEPHYR COVE RESORT


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