TRT: Kingsbury to Big Meadow

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23.0 Miles 37.1 Kilometers

 

89% 

Runnable

Singletrack

3,437' 1,048 m

Ascent

-3,958' -1,207 m

Descent

9,716' 2,962 m

High

7,272' 2,217 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Unknown

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One of the finest trails in all of the Sierra's.

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Overview

Features: Lake — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a burly section of trail with high elevations, steep grades and no drinking water.

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Description

Beginning from behind the stagecoach lift at Heavenly ski resort, the Tahoe Rim Trail quickly gains elevation on switchbacks, immediately rewarding you with phenomenal views of the Carson Valley. There is a bench with a lookout early on. Multiple granite steps on switchbacks will begin to fatigue your quads.

The Tahoe Rim Trail traverses the top of Heavenly Valley before losing elevation and returning to the South Lake Tahoe side (western aspect) of the mountains beginning a series of climbs and descents on crumbling granite. You'll reach Star Lake, one of the most beautiful high alpine lakes in the Tahoe basin.

After Star Lake, you'll steadily gain elevation as you traverse the west side Freel Peak. At this point, you'll lose close to 1000 ft of elevation before regaining another ~800 ft to reach the final high point (~16 miles) of this section of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

This rugged trail continues to provide awesome vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe before descending through forests to finally arrive at the Big Meadow trailhead.

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