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“not too difficult, even at 8500 ft.”
Review of Tahoe Rim Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail
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Owner description: This 165-mile, twenty-four inch, single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail encompasses the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, and two states. The Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps with approximately fifty miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Trailhead on hiway 431 with parking at tahoe meadows. There is a parking lot but you can also park on both sides of the road. I am 66 and I saw a pregnant woman and many kids on this trail so obviously it is not too difficult. (head toward tunnel creek road and NOT on the Ophir trail) There is a gentle incline but nothing that will leave you huffin' and puffin'. The view at about 2.5 miles up is excellent. You can continue on the trail and get all the way to Hidden Beach near Incline Village. We, however, just make a loop and headed back to our car for about a 5 mile r/t hike.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

We did 3 separate little 5 - 7 milers in this area in the early mornings before the sleepy-heads in cabin knew we were missing. Plenty of parking available at 8 am, but the place was packed by 10 am.
Hiking up above 267, generally east-bound, it took quite a while to leave the traffic noise behind. The first real payoff is the lovely "picnic rocks" side trail. Very peaceful, GREAT lake views, and interesting rocks.
From 267, just north of Brockway summit, you can drive up Martis Peak road to intercept the Trail higher up, and, as a bonus, drive or hike up to the fire watch point, just shy of Martis peak. More amazing views, including the lake, Northstar, Truckee, and even Mt Lassen. The views from the firewatch are better than the peak itself. We had the good fortune to run into CalFire crewman Ryan as he unlocked the gate to drive up to his post. That guy loves his job. Be aware: the first quarter mile of pavement on Martis Pk Rd off of 267 is dreadful, but we made it fine in a regular Mazda3 wagon. The rest of the pavement up to the peak is just fine, if narrow.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

Did a short walk from Stagecoach Lift, to the Van Sickle Trail, down to town. A little under 5 miles and most of it is down-hill.
I have done a longer 4-day walk last year. This is a wonderful trail, and I will certainly thru-hike it someday soon. Be careful of Mountain bikers, but they are looking for hikers too.

Very-well marked and maintained.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We hiked the trail from the Mt. Rose trailhead to the summit. If you get there by 9:30, you will be able to park. The first part of the trail to the waterfall is moderate hiking. Only about 5 miles round trip although the trip down seemed never ending! Very pretty and worth the trip. Continuing on, we hiked about another 1/2 hour when it really started to get strenuous. I am an average hiking and biker but my friend and I did not make it to the summit. I have asthma and she has rheumatoid arthritis so we had to recognize our limitations. But others in our group, both really fit and moderately so, were determined to make it to the top and did. They said the view was amazing and worth the strenuous climb. Just know your limitations and bring lots of water.

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We hiked the sixth segment of the TRT, from Big Meadow to Echo Summit. The trip was strenuous but beautiful. We are seniors, so we do not hike as fast as the "thru hikers" on the Pacific Crest Trail - but we made it from Big Meadow to Showers Lake in one day, and from there to Echo Summit the next day - a two-day total of about 15 miles. The views of the mountains, meadows and Lake Tahoe are awesome. The trail is in decent shape, but could use a little work here and there. Round Lake is easy to reach, and Miess Lake is not too far for day hikers with light loads.
Carry plenty of water, because the snow is melting fast!

Date of experience: June 2014
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