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Tahoe Rim Trail

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
View from Christopher's Loop on Tahoe Rim Trail

ADA Accessibility Notes

The 1-mile Interpretive Loop at Tahoe Meadows is ADA Accessible.

Tahoe Meadows is located off of Hwy. 431, 1 mile west of US 395 and 1 mile west of the Mt. Rose Summit Welcome Plaza. Vault toilets, paved parking with room for horse trailers. Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail starts and ends here. It is closed due to snow in the winter.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. This spectacular trail is 165 miles of single track multi-use trail, winding peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. It is a trail that offers something for everyone! Hiking and horseback riding are allowed on all portions of the trail, while mountain biking is allowed on the trail with the exception of the wilderness areas, the section that is in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and on the sections of trail that overlap with the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a volunteer, non-profit 501(C)(3) organization established in 1981 to plan, construct, and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. This 165-mile, twenty-four inch, single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps with approximately fifty miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

For more than 20 years it has been the main focus of this organization to complete the loop around the ridge tops of Lake Tahoe. Since this goal has now been accomplished, it was necessary that the main focus of the organization evolve from building trail to trail improvements, maintenance and promotion.

Often people think that since the trail is complete, it is time to dissolve the association. Nothing could be further from the truth! A trail that is not used and maintained will soon be taken back by nature. For this reason, it is necessary to promote the use and maintenance of the trail. In addition, there are many sections which do not meet the high standards established for the Tahoe Rim Trail. For instance, sections that follow roads or are too steep need to be completely rebuilt or even moved. These improvements may require Environmental Assessments, which are very expensive. Despite the fact that this association is largely run by volunteers it requires money to keep the dream alive. We need the help of everyone interested in Lake Tahoe to keep the trail viable into the new millennium.

The leadership of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association consists of a President, Secretary and Treasurer. There are seven vice-presidents that serve as the chairmen of the seven main committees that support this group. All other members of the board serve as members of the committees. Non-board members may serve as committee members. If you are interested in getting involved in this aspect of the Association please contact the office by e-mail at

How to Break the Tahoe Rim Trail into 14 Day Hikes:

The eight trailheads of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) create segments that range from 12 to 33 miles in length - a daunting distance for many day-hikers! It's possible to access the TRT from a few points that aren't official trailheads and break the trail into 14 day hikes. Please visit the "Using the Trail Map" section on the website.

Along the trail users will experience countless stunning scenes, from panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, to the Carson Valley to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, to waterfalls, lakes, canyons and ridge tops.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is grateful for 25 years of support from a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts who continue to support the organization with thousands of volunteer hours annually. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.

Since the Tahoe Rim Trail Association began building the Tahoe Rim Trail in 1984, our volunteer program has grown at an incredible pace. The Tahoe Rim Trail was built by over 10,000 volunteers donating over 200,000 hours of time. In 2009 our volunteers gave over 7900 hours clearing, building and rehabilitating the Tahoe Rim Trail. Our goal is to build sustainable trail that does not erode away--come join us!

Pet Friendly Notes

Your dogs, llamas, goats and cats are welcome on all portions of the Tahoe Rim Trail!

Dogs must be under owner control. The dog owner will be cited if the dog is harassing wildlife or has bitten or injured a human.

Remember to pack extra water and even a snack for your dog when they accompany you on a hike or ride.

Trail Distance

165 miles

Vertical Gain or Loss

24,400 round trip (gain and loss)

Nearby Places