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Tahoe Rim Trail - Heavenly Mountain to Big Meadow

Consensus:    (details)
 4.0 from 4 votes
black  Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #2 in the Heavenly Ski Area area
#24 in NV, #2,147 Overall
Views: 879. Last 30 days: 94
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Condition:
Jul 29 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Vi,
“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°)
Overview
5:36 average time for 28.6 miles. Details

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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COMMENTS
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Super Rad. Very Steep road climb
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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
Climbing TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), looking over the southern Sierra peaks (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)
 4.0 from 3 votes
Descending Tahoe Rim Trail towards Toads. Mix of rowdy and flowy! (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.7 from 3 votes
The top of Freel Peak or as far as you can go on a bike. If you want to ... (Kingsbury, NV)
 3.7 from 3 votes
TRT... wildflowers blooming... about to descend to the top of Toads! (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
The climb up from Armstrong Pass. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Freel Peak from Monument Pass (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Up, up and away (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
High meadow off Tahoe Rim Trail (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.3 from 3 votes
This was pretty much the top of the last big climb before going down hill. (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Last TRT climb before fun descent! (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Big rocks on the TRT. Ride it, don't slide it! (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Intersection of Armstrong and Tahoe Rim Trail (Kingsbury, NV)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Narrow trail on a steep mountain side (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Big trees on the TRT (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Near the top of the Freel climb. (Kingsbury, NV)
 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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