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Tahoe Rim Trail - Heavenly Mountain to Big Meadow

Consensus:    (details)
 3.7 from 3 votes
black  Difficult from 1 vote
Rank: #7 in the Genoa Trail System area
#59 in NV, #4,233 Overall
Views: 537. Last 30 days: 61
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Trail near Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Vi,  area, 
“A beautiful and challenging part of the incredible Tahoe Rim Trail.”
Michael Ahnemann on Jun 28, 2013
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22.436.1 milesKilometers 3,780’1,152 m Ascent 9,721’2,963 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type -3,982’-1,214 m Descent 7,300’2,225 m Low 26% Max Grade (14°)
Description
The Tahoe Rim Trail is spectacular just about anywhere you happen to catch it and this section is no exception.

The trail follows along the spine of the Carson Range, mostly above 9,000 feet the whole way. The trail climbs at first as you're headed south, cruising through dense forest, then opening up to open ridges and rock outcroppings with incredible views.

About 1/3 of the way along this section, you'll pass right next to Star Lake. This majestic spot features great swimming and fishing spots, as well as excellent campsites.

After Star Lake, the trail gets a bit more rugged and technical, and continues to provide awesome vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe. it then descends back down through forests, until it reaches the Big Meadow trailhead.

The well-known Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is accessed from the southern portion of this section of trail, making for a couple of good big loop options.
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PHOTOS of Tahoe Rim Trail - Heavenly Mountain to Big Meadow
 4.3 from 3 votes
Star Lake, Excellent swimming, if a little cold! (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 4.0 from 3 votes
Great views and lung busting climbs through this section of the Tahoe Ri... (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 4.0 from 3 votes
Fun stuff on the Tahoe Rim Trail (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Up, up and away (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Freel Peak from Monument Pass (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Narrow trail on a steep mountain side (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 2.3 from 3 votes
The TRT sign at Heavenly (Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Vi, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
The stairs approaching Monument Pass. Hike a bike in the full glare of t... (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
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