Current Trail Conditions

Echo Lake

 

May 10, 2016 Lower Echo Lake looking Northwest towards Desolation Wilderness

Each segment of the TRT is listed below with the most recent reports we have received. 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 plan ahead and prepare.  NOAA.gov is a great resource for area weather forecast.  If you are out on the trail and have updates to any of the information below including locations of downed trees, we would love to receive them.  

Report Trail Conditions 

  • For information from the USFS regarding gate, trailhead and road closures. please click here.
  • For information about local mountain bike trail conditions, please visit the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association's webpage.
  • For Spooner Backcountry conditions from the State Park click here.

Early Summer 2016 - Expect snow on most of the Tahoe Rim Trail!

Tahoe Meadows 5.2016May 11, Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

Expect to encounter delays and along the Tahoe Rim Trail Connector running from the upper parking lot in Van Sickle Bi-State Park to the TRT near Kingsbury South. A bridge construction project will be underway 5/31 - 6/4 and though the trail will remain open users may be required to wait near the bridge site to accomodate the construction process.

Echo Lakes to Barker Pass: Expect significant snow coverage on the majority of this segment until mid June at least. There are a few trees down north of Richardson Lake. Echo Lakes Road is not plowed during the winter. Parking is available at the SnoPark, permit required (until May 30). Bayview Trailhead and Campground is closed for the season. 
Water Sources:

  • All Major Lakes within this segment have plenty of water for filtering.

Barker Pass to Tahoe City: Gates at Barker Pass Road are closed. Trail near Barker Pass will still have significant snow for several more weeks. Between Ward Creek Road and Tahoe City the trail is 99% clear of snow. Expect lots of water in Page Meadows.
Water Sources:

  • North Fork Blackwood Creek has water.
  • There were still several springs crossing the trail north of Barker Pass and south of Twin Peaks.
  • Ward Creek is also available as a water source.

Tahoe City to Brockway: The trail is clear of snow for the first five miles out of Tahoe City. Expect large snow patches beyond Cinder Cone and on north facing slopes. The snow is likely to be fairly hard packed and easy to walk over. 
Water Sources:

  • Watson Lake. 

Brockway to Mt. Rose: A tree removal project for electrical line upgrades by Liberty Utilities may affect the trail starting May 26th. While the TRT will not be closed, trail users may need to wait and walk with an escort. For more information read the project press release here. The trail up from Brockway to Picnic Rocks viewpoint is clear of snow, but expect the trail to be mostly snow covered beyond that as you head towards Mt. Rose. 
Water Sources:

  • Mud Lake.
  • Grey Lake.
  • There is water available on the Incline Lake Trail at Third Creek approximately 1 mile south off the TRT (requiring 1 mile downhill and another mile back up).
  • Snow Pond/Frog Lake.
  • Galena falls.

Tahoe Meadows to Spooner: The gate for Tahoe Meadows Trailhead is currently closed. There is still snow in Tahoe Meadows, at Snow Valley Peak, and on all north facing aspects of the trail. The first two miles from Spooner headed north are now snow-free, with snow coverage continually increasing as you head north. Snow is continuous as you approach the ridgeline south of the North Canyon Trail junction. Trail Advisory: Bikes are allowed on the TRT on even numbered days from Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road.

Water Sources:

  • There is water in Ophir Creek.
  • Twin Lakes will have water, but only expect water very early in the trail season.
  • Water is available at the pump at Marlette Campground.
  • Water is available off the TRT at Marlette Lake, Spooner Lake, and along the Marlette Lake Outlet.

For information on the Flume Trail and the bike shuttle please visit: http://flumetrailtahoe.com/shuttle/. Flume Trail Bikes offers shuttles to both Spooner Lake State Park and Tahoe Meadows.

Spooner to Kingsbury North: The trail is clear of snow heading south from Spooner Summit for the first 2 miles with small patches for the next 1.5 miles. Past the Genoa road crossing the trail is mostly snow covered. Expect significant snow patches especially at higher elevations near South Camp Peak. Heading north from Kingsbury North trailhead the trail has intermittent snow for at least the first 4 miles.
Water Sources:

  • This section has no water!

Daggett System Trails: 
Water Sources:

  • Kingsbury to Kingsbury Connector Trail: Still some areas of snow in shady areas of this section of trail. Water is available on the west side of Hwy 207 at Edgewood Creek.
  • Daggett North East Loop: Trail is clear of snow. No water available.
  • Van Sickle Connector Trail: The lower portion of the Van Sickle Trail is melted out. There will be some areas of snow near the intersection with the TRT and Heavenly Ski Area. Water is available at the Van Sickle Waterfall and the 2nd stream crossing.

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow: USFS road 051 (Willow Creek Road) is closed. The gate at the Big Meadow trailhead is open. The gate at Oneidas to Fountain Place Road providing access to the Armstrong Connector is closed. Expect patchy snow conditions near trailheads and full snow coverage above 7,500ft. 
Water Sources:

  • Daggett Creek.
  • Mott Canyon. 
  • Star Lake.
  • There is water at one stream crossing between Star Lake and Freel Saddle.
  • Also water is available at a couple of small springs between Freel Saddle and Armstrong Pass approximately 2 miles NE of Armstrong Pass.

Big Meadow to Echo Summit: The Big Meadow parking lot and trailhead are open but the campground remains closed. Expect partial snow coverage for a majority of this trail segment. 

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TRT North of Round Lake on May 25, 2016


Water Sources:

  • Big meadow Creek has water flowing in it.
  • Round Lake, Dardanelles Lake, and Showers Lake all have plenty of water.
  • The Upper Truckee River at Meiss Meadow.
  • The ponds at the Four Lakes region just north of Meiss Meadow have water in the ponds approximately a mile south of Showers Lake.
  • The flower bowl north of Showers Lake. 
  • Approximately 3 miles south of Echo Summit, the upper end of the Benwood Meadow feeder creek also has a decent flow of water.
  • The creek that feeds Benwood Meadow 1.5 miles south of Echo Summit (with a footbridge) has a good flow of water. 
  • The pond near Benwood Meadow is slimy (on the residential spur trail). 

For information on permits and rules for hiking/backpacking on the Tahoe Rim Trail, please go to Using the Trail.

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 chrisb@tahoerimtrail.org or click here to report conditions online.