Nestled in the heart of Reno, Nevada, the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a testament to nature's magnificence and a cyclist's haven. While Reno boasts various trails, this specific section of TRT stands out, presenting riders with challenging terrains, captivating panoramas, and memories to cherish.
Embarking from Tahoe Meadows, which begins at an elevation of approximately 8,750 feet, riders will encounter a gradual ascent to about 9,000 feet within the first 1.5 miles. The path then meanders through valleys, skims ridges, and boasts sparse yet strategic technical areas.There's no denying the complexity of this trail, replete with rock steps and occasional switchbacks across a span of 7 miles. The ride, while challenging even for seasoned cyclists, offers compensating visuals. Sweeping views of Lake Tahoe alternate with vistas of the Washoe Valley and Carson City. After 9 miles, a clear-marked intersection with Tunnel Cr road emerges, heralding a plethora of options to conclude the ride.
Gleaning insights from several riders:
The trailhead is conveniently located a mile south of the summit on Mt. Rose highway (431). For those accessing from Reno, 395 is the preferred route, while from Incline Village (Tahoe), one can take route 28. An interesting option for many remains parking at the Spooner Lk park on highway 28, just north of 50, and then availing the morning shuttle services. For more details regarding the shuttle, interested riders can contact 775-749-5349.
For the thrill-seekers and those with an insatiable appetite for unparalleled nature views, the TRT section beckons. While the ride might test physical limits, the rewards - in views, experiences, and satisfaction - are immeasurable. Remember to be prepared, stay safe, and as always, enjoy the ride!