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A very popular area, due to its stunning views and relatively low effort required.


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.2

KM

94%

Runnable

8,783' 2,677 m

High

8,517' 2,596 m

Low

507' 154 m

Up

507' 155 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This beautiful run starts at the popular Tahoe Meadows Trail and follows the TRT: Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit section about 2 miles to Chickadee Ridge, climbing gently to the base of the peak locally known as Jessie's Peak. It's possible to complete a short class 2 scramble to the top of the peak, which some folks choose to do.

Runner Notes

This route is popular, so if you choose to run, be sure to get out either during the week or early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Description

Start along the boardwalk through the meadow from the trailhead, and continue along, following signs to the Tahoe Rim Trail. You'll enter the forest and continue gently uphill for about 1.5 miles. You'll pass the Ophir Creek Trail branching off to your left as you continue along Chickadee Ridge. If you were to turn onto that trail, you'd be in for a steep descent down towards Price Lake - it's a nice way to add more scenery and distance, but it's a steep trail.

Along the ridge, enjoy remarkable views across Lake Tahoe, and the mountains beyond to the west. From here, you can continue as far as you'd like, and simply retrace your steps back to the trailhead. Or, from just about any point on the ridge, just before it trends downward, scramble up to the relatively easy summit over large boulders.

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Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 12 votes

#2

in Lake Tahoe

#684

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  4.4 from 12 votes
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#2

in Lake Tahoe

#13

in Nevada

#684

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Photos

Chickadee Ridge, Lake Tahoe, NV. Jan2019
Dec 7, 2019 near Incline…, NV
Start of trail.
Jul 15, 2019 near Incline…, NV
Tahoe from Chickadee Ridge.
Sep 5, 2017 near Incline…, NV
Wintertime is truly splendid spent along the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV
First snow of the season along the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Aug 11, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Greens.
Dec 7, 2017 near Incline…, NV

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