Situated on Spooner Summit, the trailhead is conveniently located for those coming from Carson City. Head west on Highway 50, and keep an eye out for the Spooner picnic parking area on the South side. There's additional parking on Hwy 50. Do note that the area can get crowded with horse trailers, so make sure to park courteously.
One of the hallmark features of the Tahoe Rim Trail is its dramatic elevation change. Starting at around 7,000 feet, riders ascend nearly 2,000 feet to almost 9,000 feet above sea level. The trail is primarily a single track marked with blue TRT markers in the trees. After roughly 5 miles, cyclists reach a plateau providing sublime views, and at the 5.6-mile mark, you'll find the "bench," the turnaround point for this particular ride.The trail can be extended to 12 miles by continuing down to Kingsbury Grade. However, be prepared to have a vehicle on the other end or muster the stamina to ride back.
Easily one of the most visually rewarding rides in Nevada, the Tahoe Rim Trail offers an array of panoramic vistas. The views of the lake from the plateau and the "bench" are unparalleled and serve as a well-earned reward for the grueling climb.
Feedback from cyclists is overwhelmingly positive. Words like "fantastic views," "great singletrack," and "fun descent" are often used. For those with the stamina, extending the ride all the way to Kingsbury and back is highly recommended.
If you're looking for a ride that challenges your climbing abilities while rewarding you with some of the best views that Nevada has to offer, the Tahoe Rim Trail should be on your bucket list.