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Tahoe Rim: Kingsbury Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A forested loop around the summit of Daggett Pass with great views of Tahoe and the Carson Valley.


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Map Key

7.1

Miles

11.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

8,087' 2,465 m

High

7,141' 2,176 m

Low

1,409' 429 m

Up

1,409' 430 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Due to elevation, the trail may be snow covered into late spring. This multi-use trail is popular with hikers. Be nice - say hi, and yield right of way to other users. Parking on Tina Court is restricted certain times of the year, read parking restriction signs carefully.

Overview

This is a fun high elevation ride on the Tahoe Rim Trail Loop at the top of Kingsbury Grade (Stateline, NV). Riders will make a significant climb up trail composed of softer decomposed granite overlooking the Carson Valley to the Kingsbury North trailhead. A short climb up the connector to the Tahoe Rim Trail leads to a ripping downhill section built with the mountain biker in mind with several log rides over gaps, optional technical rock features, and kickers. A few short climbs and technical descents lead to a junction with one last punchy climb back to the car.

Need to Know

Grab a pizza and a beer at the Fox and Hound on Tramway Drive after your ride.

Description

This loop can be done in either direction starting from the Daggett Summit Connector behind the fire station on Daggett Summit. Many people prefer to ride this loop counter-clockwise (as mapped) to avoid having to climb up the Daggett Loop Trail (Tahoe Rim Trail: Kingsbury Loop Trail) in the soft decomposed granite that can be quite loose in sections. However, I don't believe it to be that bad and by riding clockwise you would get to do the TRT downhill, allowing for the needed speed to hit all the technical features in a nice flow that you wouldn't get by riding the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The choice is yours and both options are still excellent.

Park your car along Tina Court, but be vigilant of parking restrictions during certain times of the year. Take the Daggett Summit Connector that begins directly across Highway 207 and winds up behind the fire station (be careful crossing the highway)! There's a blind spot for drivers cresting over Daggett Summitt where you cross the road and some vehicles are going pretty fast.

Once you hit a trail junction, turn right following signs for Daggett Loop Trail. Lock in for a 3.5 mile climb up to the parking lot of the Kingsbury North trailhead. Take the connector trail from the parking lot to a junction with the TRT where you'll turn left.

This begins an excellent downhill section with several optional log rides, rock features, and jumps. After a couple sections of climbing and descent on the TRT, you'll cross a creek in a grove of aspens and begin to climb again. Look for a junction on the left shortly after leaving the aspen grove to get back on the Daggett Loop Trail. After a short, punchy climb, you'll cross North Benjamin Drive and pick up the trail across the road.

Ride up, keeping an eye out for the Daggett Summit Connector on your right that you rode up at the beginning of the ride. Take this back down to your car where you began.

History & Background

This trail crosses the historic route of the Pony Express Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jon Hart

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 20 votes

#2

in Lake Tahoe

#578

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  4.5 from 20 votes
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#2

in Lake Tahoe

#10

in Nevada

#578

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Photos

View from near the high point of the trail/ride.
Jun 26, 2017 near Kingsbury, NV
About to start down sandy steep switchbacks on the Tahoe Rim Trail Kingsbury Loop.
Jul 28, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
Tahoe Rim Trail between Kingsbury Grade Rd and Castle Rock
Jul 28, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
More climbing ... but with a nice view of the lake.
May 28, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
One of the many climbs on the loop.
May 28, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
View of Heavenly Ski area to the south with lingering snow patches on the north aspects (taken late May) .
May 28, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV

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May 30, 2020
Julia Ashton
8.6mi — 2h 30m
May 4, 2020
Matt Weber
8.9mi — 1h 45m
Aug 20, 2019
Lisa Bonita
Jun 25, 2019
Jolie Lee
Jun 24, 2019
Marcelo A
4.7mi
Jun 23, 2019
Andrew Rowell
watch parking on tina street. residents mentioned theyll tow you
Jun 11, 2019
Will Chatham
Snow is all gone, some sections of DG are getting too loose to climb so a couple of short walks will be required. 8.1mi — 1h 37m
Oct 16, 2018
T J
7.1mi