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black Tahoe Rim Trail - Brockway Summit to Tahoe City


20.3 mile 32.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,643' 806 m
Descent: -3,390' -1,033 m
High: 7,853' 2,393 m
Low: 6,266' 1,910 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

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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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Oct 28, 2018
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Aug 17, 2018
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Aug 17, 2018
John Mackay
Jul 26, 2018
Bruce Barton
Jul 25, 2018
Bruce Barton
Jun 29, 2018
Nate Blakely
A great technical route on the west side of Lake Tahoe. Expansive vistas dot the trail from start to finish. The rocky technical riding is fantastic. 20mi
Jun 26, 2018
Sarah Brown
Jun 2, 2018
Joe Schadler
Great ride! But the “six mile descent” at the end is hardly that. It’s broken up by long stretches of undulating rock garden that breaks up the flo…

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