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Tahoe Rim Trail - Mt. Rose to Hobart Road (Marlette Lake Road/NF 38)

 4.4 (15)

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

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8,826' 2,690 m


7,913' 2,412 m


1,339' 408 m


1,797' 548 m



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Max Grade (8°)

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The TRT section between Hwy 431 and Tunnel Creek Rd is open to mountain bikes only on even days. Bikes are not permitted south of Marlette Lake Road/NF 38 toward Snow Valley Peak.


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 viewpoint. 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.

Be aware that this wilderness is habitat for black bears and mountain lions.


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Michael Ahnemann

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Take it with speed!
Jul 12, 2014 near Incline…, NV
Wild flowers in August after the huge 2016/2017 snow year.
Aug 18, 2017 near Incline…, NV
High up on the beginning of the TRT
Jul 12, 2014 near Incline…, NV
Guy Bob enjoying the view.
Oct 12, 2019 near Incline…, NV
Another climb to the most beautiful view in the United States.
Oct 12, 2019 near Incline…, NV
Climbing break! First half of the Tahoe Rim/Marlett Flume 22 mile ride
Aug 29, 2018 near Incline…, NV


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Aug 8, 2019
Brian Lutz
Wow. — 4h 00m
Jul 28, 2019
Joe Templeman
Sep 10, 2018
Don Childrey
Jul 4, 2018
Andrea Manha
Sep 4, 2017
Bob Ryan
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
Jul 10, 2014
Deana Davis
20.1mi — 3h 45m
Jul 8, 2014
Deana Davis
20.1mi — 3h 45m