Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,566.00 ft (782.12 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
24.10 mi (38.79 km)
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Mt. Rose Summit / Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit North is a 24.1 mile segment of the 165+ mile Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). This segment is located southeast of Reno, Nevada and runs from the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead to Spooner Summit North. It features alpine lakes, mountain views, and a visit to Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. The TRT is a multi-use, non-motorized trail open to hikers, trail runners, backpackers, bikers, and equestrians for most of its length (mountain bikes and equestrians are prohibited from certain sections of the trail). 

This section of the TRT rises high above Lake Tahoe and the Marlette Lakes, and is considered to be one of the most scenic segments. It features magnificent views of Lake Tahoe, stunning displays of seasonal wildflowers, and views of the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada. 

Midway through this segment the TRT enters Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park where visitors can enjoy swimming, picnicking, hiking, and more. Information about the state park can be found by visiting https://stateparks.com/lake_tahoe_state_park_in_nevada.html.  

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Information about current trail conditions can be found at  https://tahoerimtrail.org/current-trail-conditions/ 

WATER: Information about water sources along the trail can be found at https://tahoerimtrail.org/water-sources/.

FOOD STORAGE
Bear canisters are strongly recommended for the entire Tahoe Basin area and are required within the Desolation WIlderness. More information about food storage can be found at https://tahoerimtrail.org/current-trail-conditions/

PARKING: Information about parking can be found at https://tahoerimtrail.org/parking/

BIKES

  • Mountain bikes are only allowed on certain portions of the TRT. If you are planning to bike along the Tahoe Rim Trail please make sure to check the regulations by visiting https://tahoerimtrail.org/mountain-biking/

PET RESTRICTIONS

PERMITS: Information about permits can be found at https://tahoerimtrail.org/regulations-permits/
 

THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL ASSOCIATION (TRTA):
The Tahoe Rim Trail is managed and maintained by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA). Information regarding trip planning, history of the trail, volunteer opportunities and more can be found by visiting https://tahoerimtrail.org/.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Alpine Lakes. Mountain Views.

Trailhead Elevation

8,544.00 ft (2,604.21 m)

Highest point

8,992.00 ft (2,740.76 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

Yes

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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