|Crossing Tahoe Meadows from the Mt Rose Trailhead
This portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail starts with a crossing of Tahoe Meadows, a
beautiful high alpine montane with Ophir Creek running across it. A series of switchbacks
takes you up to spectacular views of the north portion of the lake. If you stay on the Rim
Trail to Spooner, including Snow Valley Peak, then the one-way distance is 21 miles. The
run can be shortened to approximately 18 miles by heading down to Marlette Lake from
Hobart Creek and taking North Canyon Back to Spooner Lake.
Of course, you can make it an out and back of any distance and avoid having to leave
a car at Spooner. See Ophir Creek for the quickest access to the best part
of the Rim Trail in the area.
Dog friendly except for the first quarter mile or so while the trail is close to Mt Rose Highway.
Toilets at the trailhead but after that nature provides the only cover.
Take SR 28 towards Incline Village, NV. Turn Right onto Country Club Drive
in Incline (shortly after the Ponderosa Ranch). Take Country Club Drive until it
ends at Mt Rose Highway. Turn right and drive up Mt Rose Highway for about 6 miles to
the Tahoe Rim Trail (Tahoe Meadows trailhead) parking on your right.
If you're coming from the Galena side of Mt Rose Highway then you'll come to the
Tahoe Meadows about 1/2 mile west of the summit.
We usually carpool from Round Hill Safeway.
Map of Mt Rose runs