Current Trail Conditions

Echo Summit 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.

Spring 2016 - Expect snow on the Tahoe Rim Trail!

Ralston ResizedMarch 29, 2016 Echo Summit looking Northeast towards Desolation and Lake Tahoe 

Echo Lakes to Barker Pass: 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. Bayview Trailhead and Campground is closed for the season. 

Water Sources:

  • All Major Lakes within this segment have plenty of water for filtering
  • El Dorado Irrigation District is currently releasing water from Echo Lakes. At the PCT/TRT just north of the HWY 50 crossing at Johnson Pass Road the stream crossing is difficult on a sloped down log over a significant amount of flowing water.
  • Fontanillis outlet is a trickle so if you need water, get it from the lake.
  • Phipps Creek is mostly dry aside from a couple of stagnant puddles.
  • Bear Lake Outlet and Miller Creek are dry at the trail crossings.
  • 1.6 Miles south of Barker Pass and .5 miles north of Bear Lake Road there is a small flowing creek.


Barker Pass to Tahoe City: Gates at Barker Pass Road are closed.
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: 
Water Sources:

  • The Watson Lake outlet is dry with no water flowing out but the lake has water for filtering.

Brockway to Mt. Rose: New pedestrian trail from Relay Ridge to Mt. Houghton was completed last fall and is open.
Water Sources:

  • Mud Lake is dry.
  • Grey Lake has water available.
  • 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 has water remaining in it.
  • Galena falls also has water.

Tahoe Meadows to Spooner:  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.
  • All other streams and creeks on this segment are dry.
  • Twin Lakes is dry and has been most of the year.
  • 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: 
Water Sources:

  • This section has no water!

Daggett System Trails: 
Water Sources:

  • Kingsbury to Kingsbury Connector Trail: Water is available on the west side of Hwy 207 at Edgewood Creek.
  • Daggett North East Loop: No water available.
  • Van Sickle Connector Trail: 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 Big Meadow parking lot, campground and trailhead is closed. The gate at Oneidas to Fountain Place Road providing access to the Armstrong Connector is closed. 
Water Sources:

  • Daggett Creek and Mott Canyon are dry.
  • Star Lake has plenty of water.
  • 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.
  • Trail is otherwise dry from 2 miles northeast of Armstrong Pass to Big Meadow.

Big Meadow to Echo Summit: The Big Meadow parking lot, campground and trailhead is closed.
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 has a decent flow of water (near the Meiss historical cabin & barn).
  • 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 does have a couple of feeder creeks with small flows of water, but it is recommended to wait until Showers.
  • The Bryan Meadow and Sayles canyon Trail intersections do not have water.
  • 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 morganf@tahoerimtrail.org or click here to report conditions online.