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TRT: Brockway Summit to Tahoe Meadows

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 4.4 (11)

A steady climb through northern Tahoe's craggy peaks to expansive views of the Lake Tahoe Basin.


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20.2

Miles

32.5

KM

Point to Point

10,277' 3,133 m

High

7,036' 2,145 m

Low

4,125' 1,257 m

Up

2,234' 681 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

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Hop on the TRT: Brockway Summit to Tahoe Meadows for a fantastic experience amidst stunning alpine landscapes complete with northern views of Tahoe's volcanic past and present, and southern views of the cerulean Lake Tahoe Basin.

Starting at the Brockway Summit TRT Trailhead Parking Area, follow the trail north as it switchbacks its way through beautiful coniferous forests and wildflower-rich meadows to the summit of Mount Baldy roughly 8 miles in.

Atop Mount Baldy, the trail takes a brief respite from sustained climbing, taking visitors on a more rolling route as it contours the hillside past Rose Knob and Rose Knob Peak.

Along your journey, be sure to take breaks, sit, and appreciate the almost surreal views surrounding you on all sides. Lake Tahoe is truly a special place, and its wonder ought not be missed for the sake of making marginally better time on trail.

From Rose Knob Peak, the trail continues to offer spectacular views as it traverses a ridgeline, upon which it eventually switchbacks up to the summit of the tallest peak along the Tahoe Rim Trail: Relay Peak (10,338 ft). From here, look north to view glacially-scoured slabs of crystalline granite formed millions of years ago juxtaposed with the dormant, but still volatile volcanism of Lassen Peak. Looking to the south, the view of the lake is simply unrivaled.

After enjoying the summit, begin a gentle descent along a saddle to the flank of Mount Houghton. From Mount Houghton, the trail continues to descend for a considerable distance, bypassing a junction with the Mt. Rose Summit Trail and the enormous Galena Falls on the way to its end at the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead Parking Area.

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  4.4 from 11 votes

#10

in Lake Tahoe

#6267

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#10

in Lake Tahoe

#515

in California

#6,267

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Epic views of Lake Tahoe await all who travel the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Aug 15, 2016 near Kings B…, CA
Trekking pole pock marks guide your path on a winter ascent of Mt. Rose.
Aug 15, 2016 near Incline…, NV

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Sep 27, 2020
Tami Barone
With Kelley, Anne, Christian & Andrew. Straight up through woods. Lookout at top was beautiful. Most difficult back down.
Jul 23, 2020
Doug Jones
I completed this with a 4 mile up and back day hike then a 16 mile day hike. 16 miles was a push but the scenery was amazing. Three sections remain… 20.2mi
Jul 9, 2020
S M
Nov 25, 2019
Pamela Rice
1h 00m
Jul 10, 2019
Ken C
Mar 3, 2019
Jeremiah K
Nov 19, 2018
Sachiko Shirota
Nov 8, 2018
Scott Gylling
Started at Mt Rose parking and descended on the Capital trail. 10.5mi