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Tahoe Rim Trail Bench Out and Back

Intermediate

Trail

12.2 mile 19.6 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,298' 396 m
Descent: -1,297' -395 m
High: 8,574' 2,613 m
Low: 7,782' 2,372 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Amy T

Breath-taking views of the lake can be had on a well-maintained trail, turning around at the bench.

Amy T

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Enjoy a beautiful and challenging section of the Tahoe Rim Trail with incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.

Need to Know

This route is dog friendly, but there's no water along the way. Every trail user must help prevent forest fires as it is very arid during summer and fall. Pack out everything you pack in.

Runner Notes

You can choose to go further north beyond the bench for 10 miles to connect with Spooner Junction and Hwy 50 if you're seeking a longer journey.

Description

This is a singletrack trail shared with those on foot and bikers. It is generally rolling, but filled with gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are many vista points along the way to rest and take pictures. There are some fire trail intersections in case you need to be picked up in the middle of a run or hike.

This is a gradual uphill leading to the bench which you can use as your turn-around point. It can get very windy and exposed at the top. There are no water sources along the trail. Snow is slow to melt from winter and spring, but late spring and early summer are best to view wildflowers and spot deer.

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Nov 23, 2018
Molly Jo Stanley
Windy, wet-snow-filled day -- beautiful run; trail was crowded from parking lot top of the first climb (3/4 mile out). Many irresponsible dog owners. 10mi — 2h 00m

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Bench with a view.
May 21, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
Near the bench, TRT, June 2016.
Jun 21, 2016 near Kingsbury, NV
The Daggett Loop is also a great (and well used) snowshoe trail!
Jan 5, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV
View of the lake with a few inches of snow on the trail
Jan 8, 2018 near Kingsbury, NV

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