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TRT: Barker Pass to Tahoe City

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Beautiful mountains and wildflower-filled meadows make this section of the Tahoe Rim Trail a treat.


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16.7

Miles

26.8

KM

Point to Point

8,495' 2,589 m

High

6,231' 1,899 m

Low

1,854' 565 m

Up

3,225' 983 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

52%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

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The TRT: Barker Pass to Tahoe City is a local favorite, featuring expansive mountain views and spectacular wildflower meadows. While its almost 17 mile length can be daunting to many hikers, campsites along the way can divide what would be an arduous day trip into a much more manageable, and potentially more enjoyable, two-day backcountry endeavor.

Starting at the Barker Pass Parking Area, follow the trail to the north as it winds through swooping terrain amidst mountains and wildflower meadows. After the trail joins up with the PCT, continue on to traverse yet another set of wild alpine meadows dense with wildflowers during the summer.

At Twin Peaks, the trail deviates from the PCT, dropping steeply into lush stands of fir and aspen. It then traverses a broad valley near the meandering waters of Ward Creek before embarking on a steady climb out of the canyon to Page Meadows, where an impressive confluence of alpine wonders always leaves visitors in awe. During any given season, expect to see copious amounts of wildlife and abundant, colorful foliage. During the autumn, this area truly shines as its deciduous trees erupt in fiery fall colors.

From Page Meadows, one last moderate downhill is all that lies between you and the trailhead near a crossing of the Truckee River.

Those who wish to preemptively place a shuttle vehicle near the trail's end can do so either at the 64 Acres Park Parking Area or at the trailhead for the TRT: Tahoe City to Brockway Summit.

Flora & Fauna

Fir and aspen dominate the high country in this area. During the summer, keep your eyes open as wildflowers abound through nearby meadows.

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  4.0 from 7 votes

#15

in Lake Tahoe

#9317

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#15

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#927

in California

#9,317

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Aug 7, 2020
Olivia J
Jul 10, 2020
Paul Riedinger
was attacked by mosquitoes. bring bug spray 8mi
Jul 3, 2020
Jason Eberle
16.7mi — 6h 30m
Mar 3, 2019
Jeremiah K
Sep 17, 2018
Jaye Groves
Ward creek was a reliable water source. there was a detour on the bike path around the transit center in Tahoe city adding on a little road walking
Sep 16, 2018
Jaye Groves
Sweet hitch to the trailhead
Oct 7, 2017
Jennifer H
Sep 25, 2016
Seana Baker
16.7mi