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Tahoe Rim Trail: Heavenly Mountain - Big Meadow

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 4.4 (7)

A beautiful and challenging part of the incredible Tahoe Rim Trail.


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Map Key

23.2

Miles

37.3

KM

Singletrack

9,713' 2,961 m

High

7,302' 2,226 m

Low

3,872' 1,180 m

Up

4,073' 1,241 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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 (Saxon Trail #18E13) is accessed from the southern portion of this section of trail, making for a couple of good big loop options.

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Michael Ahnemann

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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Fun stuff on the Tahoe Rim Trail
Jul 26, 2013 near South L…, CA
Star Lake, Excellent swimming, if a little cold!
May 31, 2013 near South L…, CA
Great views and lung busting climbs through this section of the Tahoe Rim Trail
Jul 26, 2013 near South L…, CA
Descending Tahoe Rim Trail towards Toads.  Mix of rowdy and flowy!
Jul 16, 2015 near South L…, CA
Climbing TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), looking over the southern Sierra peaks
Jul 16, 2015 near South L…, CA
The top of Freel Peak or as far as you can go on a bike. If you want to go to the TOP you have to hike.
Jul 29, 2015 near South L…, CA

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Oct 27, 2019
Don Rizzo
Shuttle ride from Tahoe meadows, ride Tahoe rim to Flume trail, ride flume for 4 miles back track to incline village where you left your car. 2 trails 14mi
Sep 13, 2019
Benjamin Wendorf
12mi
Jul 7, 2019
Durc Strand
Jul 16, 2017
Ben Cas
Aug 3, 2015
Tim Kelly
Did this from Big Meadow to Heavenly and then down the Van Sickle trail. 4,531 ft of climbing 28.6mi — 5h 36m