Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,667.00 ft (1,422.50 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
19.00 mi (30.58 km)
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Spooner Summit to Kingsbury South Connector is a 19-mile segment of the 165+ mile Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). This segment runs from Spooner Summit South to Kingsbury North and is located east of Carson City, Nevada. Through this section of the trail, one is treated to panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, ancient aspen groves, and forests of fir trees. 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 is defined by impressive trees, panoramic views, and a wide variety of plants and animals. Starting from Spooner Summit the trail follows a series of switchbacks through forests and across meadows. It ascends the side of South Camp Peak to reach a high point.  From here, the trail descends through dense wooded areas towards Kingsbury before ascending towards Genoa Peak with sweeping views across the length of Lake Tahoe. 

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
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Panoramic Views. Ancient Fir Trees. Aspen Groves.

Cons

Lack of reliable water.

Trailhead Elevation

7,164.00 ft (2,183.59 m)

Highest point

8,817.00 ft (2,687.42 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

Yes

Location

Nearby Adventures

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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