Tahoe Rim Trail - Mt. Rose to Snow Valley Peak

 6 votes

15.7 Miles 25.2 Kilometers

Singletrack

2,241' 683 m

Ascent

-2,020' -616 m

Descent

8,997' 2,742 m

High

7,909' 2,411 m

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5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

All Clear

8,997' 2,742 m

High

7,909' 2,411 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

A technically challenging trail with fantastic views and some steep climbs.

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The Tahoe Rim trail is only open to bikes on this section as mapped and only on even numbered days.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is 168 miles circling Lake Tahoe along the ridges and mountaintops that form the Lake Tahoe Basin in northern Nevada and northern California. Much of the TRT is off limits for mountain bikers, and signage alerts you to this. This portion of the trail shows the portion of the TRT that is currently available to the MTB community.

There are small light blue and white triangular Tahoe Rim Trail signs guiding your way throughout the ride, though they are few and far between.

At the northern end of the trail (the shuttle drop off point is here) as you face the wilderness with your back to the road, mount up and drop onto the trail to your right. You'll ride a very tight trail through the meadow that is covered in soft, dense vegetation. Be aware of small obstacles hidden from eyesight. A fragmented wooden boardwalk guides you into the the woods. Look for the Tahoe Rim Trail signs directing you up and right onto the TRT after a quarter mile.

After the meadow, you'll encounter a 300' climb beyond which you'll enjoy many small climbs and descents. The trail is semi-technical through this section due to the many rock steps which can be frustrating to many. 9 miles of riding brings you to a four-way intersection.

Continue straight for another 5 miles. In this section you'll encounter a torturous 900' climb with many... no... VERY many obstacles. I recall a theme resonating in my mind..."does this never let up?" Perhaps I am just soft, but I found this part difficult. The climb rewards you with an opening to another meadow with spectacular views at Marlette Peak. Here you find a couple hundred foot diversion to a view point. Enjoy the view of Tahoe & Marlette Lakes.

At this point, you can continue to your right to meet up with Marlette Lake Rd. and eventually join up with the Flume Trail, or stay left to continue on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The trail continues south to Snow Valley Peak, where at the time of this writing, marks the endpoint for bike travel.

Be aware that this wilderness is habitat for Black Bears and Mountain Lions.

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Aug 25, 2016
Scott Hinson
4.5 out and back. The weather turned bad and this ridge line wasn't the best place to be in a thunderstorm. 9mi Delete
Jul 10, 2014
Deana Davis
20.1mi — 3h 45m Delete
Jul 8, 2014
Deana Davis
20.1mi — 3h 45m Delete

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