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Current Trail Conditions - User Reports

Dry, warm weather strikes again!  Aside from dismal drought forecasts and depressed skiers and snowshoers, these warm temperatures have been great for some mid winter trail use!  If you are heading out on the trail please keep the following in mind:

  • The 2014/2015 winter has been the winter of wind! A very large number of down trees are littering the Tahoe Rim Trail around the Basin.  Some are easy step overs and some are tangled up messes that make one question if there was ever a trail there to begin with. TRTA Sawyers have been working diligently to remove these trees where they are accessible, and have already cleared over 70 trees this winter but there are many that remain. When possible, please try to go over these down trees rather than creating new trails by walking around.
  • If you are riding a horse or a bike, please stick to dry trails.  While we all love the mud, leaving large hoof prints or tire ruts in the mud will result in those ruts drying into damaged areas of trails that local trail groups will have to address this summer (and trust me, we are going to be busy enough with the down trees!).  
  • While it has been warm and dry, the TRT for the most part is still mostly covered with snow or icy patches.  If you are looking for dry trails, you will need to head lower in elevation than the Tahoe Rim.  Trails in the Carson Valley, near Reno, and in some areas of the Tahoe Basin at Lake level are great options.  

We have updated our Trail Conditions page below. Please note that conditions can change rapidly--what you encounter on the trail may be somewhat different from what you read here. Also keep in mind that this is the Sierra and although the trend seems to be warm and dry, conditions can change quickly!  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, 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.

Down Trees Brockway

Tahoe Rim Trail near Brockway Summit, 12/15/2014

Updated 2/18/2015

Echo Lakes to Barker Pass: Snow. 

Barker Pass to Tahoe City: Gates to Barker Pass Trailhead are closed.  Snow at Barker Pass down to the Ward Creek Area.  Ward Creek to Tahoe City has some snow patches and icy patches.  Dry areas near Tahoe City.

Tahoe City to Brockway: Snow and ice patches with a few dry patches in lower elevation sections near Tahoe City.

Brockway to Mt. Rose: Expect full snow coverage near Relay Peak and on high elevation sections of this segment and icy patches down at lower elevations.  

Tahoe Meadows to Spooner: Tahoe Meadows has been a popular spot recently for snowshoeing.  Snow becomes thinner with icy patches further down in elevation and in southern facing aspects.  For information on the Flume Trail and the bike shuttle please call 775-298-2501. For Spooner Backcountry conditions from the State Park click here

Spooner to Kingsbury NorthSnow and icy patches north of the Kingsbury Connector Trail.

Daggett System Trails:  

  • Kingsbury to Kingsbury Connector Trail: Snow on north facing sections of the trail and on the ski area otherwise fairly dry especially near Castle Rock Trail.
  • Daggett North East Loop: Patches of snow with large snow covered areas on north facing aspects of the trail.
  • Van Sickle Connector Trail: The upper section of this trail is part of the Heavenly Ski Area and is covered in snow.  Lower sections of the trail have patchy snow cover.  The trail up to the waterfall is mostly clear aside from icy areas.  

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow: Snow. 

Big Meadow to Echo Summit: Snow. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here to report conditions online.