Current Trail Conditions 

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Autumn is here! Colder temperatures and the possibility of snow can be expected, particularly at high elevations.

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.

Dependent on weather USFS roads should close around mid-November. For specific closing dates for forest roads, consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map here.



Echo Lakes to Barker Pass:
Expect patches of snow in high elevations and on north-facing aspects within Desolation Wilderness. Last updated 11/17/16 
Water Sources:

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

Barker Pass to Tahoe City: 

A contractor for the Forest Service will be treating trees in the 64 acres area beginning on November 21st. While the trail will remain open, there may be temporary delays as the contractor fells trees. Please stay on trail and announce yourself to any workers you see.

The gates on Barker Pass road are closed. Last updated 11/17/16
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: Watson Lake Campground is closed for the season. Last updated 11/17/16
Water Sources:

  • Watson Lake. 

Brockway to Mt. Rose: This area of the trail is likely to hold snow starting early in the year given its high elevation. Expect to encounter some snow at elevations starting around 9000'. Last updated 11/17/2016.

Water Sources:

  • Mud Lake.
  • Grey Lake.
  • 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 USFS has closed the gate to the parking area at Tahoe Meadows and will not reopen it until Spring. There is limited parking along the highway. Last updated 10/24/16

Trail Advisory: Bikes are allowed on the TRT on even numbered days from Tahoe Meadows to Hobart Road.

Overnight trail users: There is no dispersed camping within the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You must camp in a designated campsite. The only designated campground in the park on the TRT is the Marlette Peak Campground. 

Water Sources:

  • There is water in Ophir Creek.
  • Twin Lakes are dry.
  • 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, bike rentals 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: 

  • Kingsbury to Kingsbury Connector Trail: Trail is clear of snow. 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. There is water in Edgewood Creek near the crossing of HWY 207. Last updated 10/6/2016

Kingsbury South to Big Meadow: 
Water Sources:

  • Daggett Creek is dry.
  • Mott Canyon is dry. 
  • Star Lake.
  • Water is available at a couple of small springs between Freel Saddle and Armstrong Pass approximately 2 miles NE of Armstrong Pass.Last updated 10/6/2016

Big Meadow to Echo Summit: 
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). Last updated 10/6/2016

For information on permits and rules 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.