Tahoe Rim Trail - Brockway Summit to Tahoe City

 8 votes

20.3 Miles 32.7 Kilometers


2,643' 806 m


-3,390' -1,033 m


7,853' 2,393 m


6,266' 1,910 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (10°)

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Some of the best of the Tahoe Rim Trail - or any trail for that matter!

Nick Wilder



A real gem in Lake Tahoe! This is an outstanding shuttle ride, or parts of it can be used for other loop rides (such as Painted Rock Loop via TRT). You could also do a nice out and back from Brockway Summit to Watson Lake and back.

From the summit, the trail is rocky in places and not for beginners. There are several major climbs and descents and a few meadow crossings that can have amazing wildflowers in the summer.

After a few ups and downs you reach Watson Lake, which has many side loop possibilities. From here, the riding is a bit easier and then you descend several hundred feet. You then have several miles of easy, level, smooth riding on what must have been a road a long time ago. Arrive at 73 Rd and follow it for 100 feet before making an easy-to-miss left turn back onto singletrack.

This next section is super fun, fast, bermed and buffed singletrack going slightly downhill. It doesn't last long enough and soon you'll find yourself beginning the long climb up to Painted Rock.

Enjoy the views before the fun really begins. You now have ALMOST 6 MILES of downhill awesomeness with some of the greatest views of any trail. Stop once in a while to soak it in and let your brakes cool!


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Sep 16, 2017
Evan Wayne
Amazing ride! 20.3mi
Sep 16, 2017
Dan Hang
Awesome ride. Couple of trees down but otherwise great conditions 20mi
Jul 22, 2017
clayton scott
Jun 21, 2017
Jack Brown
Lots of snow up by Watson. Condition were very bad we encountered lots of hail, got caught in a thunderstorm with lightning striking trees & Almost us 16mi
Nov 13, 2016
Justin Seago
Big loop with around 10 miles of pavement. trail conditions good. Plenty of trails that are more fun nearby. 32.7mi
Sep 15, 2016
Chris Keith
Sep 15, 2016
Mike Ahnemann
Beautiful ride! Bees are busy and rather annoying right now, but if you keep moving, they are manageable. 20.5mi — 2h 47m
Sep 8, 2016
Leah Brenner

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All Clear 50 days ago
Dry: Trail is in great condition. Tons of wildflowers and amazing views.
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Watch out for the mountains lions...they don't get their names because they live in the valley Jan 31, 2014

looking forward to riding this! Jul 17, 2014

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