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Tahoe Rim Trail - Kingsbury to Star Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

High Sierra trail hiking at its finest.


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18.2

Miles

29.3

KM

Out and Back

9,121' 2,780 m

High

7,457' 2,273 m

Low

2,729' 832 m

Up

2,729' 832 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail has the highest elevation of the whole rim, with spectacular views of South Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley.

Need to Know

Be sure to bring plenty of food and water.

Description

Beginning from behind the stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain 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 as you begin this trail. 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, serving as the turn-around point.

From here, head back the way you came.

History & Background

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association has received grant funding from REI since 1999. See their site for more details.

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Freel Peak from Monument Pass.
Mar 26, 2015 near South L…, CA
Star Lake
Mar 26, 2015 near South L…, CA
Carson Valley from granite bench at Crew Leader's Vista near Mott Canyon
Jan 5, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV
Lots of swithcbacks on the Tahoe Rim Trail
Mar 27, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV
Narrow trail on a steep mountain side.
Mar 26, 2015 near Kingsbury, NV

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Sep 15, 2019
Michael Daubenmeyer
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