Tahoe Rim Trail

4.61 out of 5
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↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail encompasses the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, and two states. The trail overlaps with approximately fifty miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. On this trail you will find awesome technical singletrack that weaves around all of Lake Tahoe.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: We're from Europe and like to discover some singletracks in California (this is one handy website!). We would like to ride a part of the Tahoe Rim trail... Impossible to bring our own gear from Europe (bikes and so...). Are there any recommendations to rent some quality MTB gear in the neighbourhood of Lake Tahoe? Thanks for the replies. Grtz, K. -Karolien Seameew

A: Truckee is about 30 minutes from Tahoe. The Back Country in Truckee has one of the largest selections of bikes that I have seen in the Tahoe basin. Friendly staff. While I've never rented from them, they appear to have quite a large rental fleet with some high end bikes. Also like the staff at Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City. They appear to have Specialized, Trek, and Ibis MTBs available for rent.

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Q: What is the best time of year to ride Tahoe? -Guest

A: May to November

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System Trails (10)
System Trails (10)
Tahoe Rim Trail: Watson Lake to Tahoe City
Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway to Watson Lake
Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury South To Armstrong Pass
Tahoe Rim Trail: Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road / Flume Trail
Tahoe Rim Trail: Spooner Lake to South Camp Peak
Tahoe Rim Trail: Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade
Tahoe Rim Trail: Brockway Summit to Watson Lake
Tahoe Rim Trail: Tahoe City to Brockaway Summit
Tahoe Rim Trail: Tunnel Creek Road to Pacific Crest Trail
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Granny Gear

September 17, 2014
Review: We did the "bench trail" and it was very technical. You start at the top of North Benjamin which is off Kingsbury. Drive to top of No Benjamin and park in the lot right before the fire road. Take the trail head not the fireroad. After about the first mile of uphill there is a fork. For the bench trail go to the right toward spooner lake. We did not make it to the bench since someone was shooting a gun in the woods and it spooked us. Besides that the ride was fantastic! It is single track the whole way and very technical with rock gardens and roots to ride over. There were many spots that we just walked over the rocks. You are truly in the pines with with views of the lake.


November 27, 2013
tlongpine Trailblazer  
Review: Why is the TRT rated "intermediate", but each of the segments here are rated black diamond.

As a whole, the trail is easier than it's parts? Please explain.

Granny Gear

September 13, 2012
LouD Granny Gear  
Review: I recently rode the TRT from where it intersects with fire road 16N53 down to highway 89 in Tahoe City. It was spectacular. I have been Mountain Biking since April 2012 and found this to be the most challenging trail yet. Lots of Rock Garden, sweet single track and awesome views. While I was stopped after a challenging climb through some very loose shale three other MTB riders buzzed past me making long for improving my single track technical skills. I had a blast!

Similar Trail: North Tahoe City Loop - especially the Jumps Trail, the Wall and the Western States trail portions of this ride.

World Champ

June 23, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: I only rode a portion of this trail (about 20 miles), and it was amazing the entire time! High alpine singletrack, great views, great climbs, great descents... I don't know what else to say besides this is a truly epic route, a truly epic experience. I need some time to process and find words to describe this.


June 3, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: This trail is long and beautiful, either overloking the lake, the forest or the valleys. Not a big fan of the Flume section as it was pretty easy doubletrack, but the views are sweet. Southern sections I rode were more fun and singletrack thru forests and meadows.

* Review edited 6/3/2012

Similar Trail: Kaibab Trail 101/AZ Trail

Granny Gear

September 27, 2009
Rock_Jock Granny Gear  
Review: A great shuttle route is on the Rim Trail at Tahoe Meadows/Mt Rose Hwy- Flume Trail to Marlette Lake, and back-Tunnel Creek Road to Ponderosa Ranch near Incline Village. The best of Nevada's part of Tahoe.


July 8, 2006
bensf Gramcounter  
Review: Some areas are very technical and steep and definatly not a bignner ride. Also you cannot ride a 165 miles of it. Some of it is the PCT and before you go you should find out what sections are bikable.


April 26, 2005
dppaladino Gramcounter  
Review: Obviously you cannot ride the whole 165 mile loop, so I just do 15-20 mile segments. This is a great trail that i reccomend to anyone who is in the Tahoe area.

Similar Trail: Flume Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail MTB Trail 4.61 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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