14 miles
3,066 ft
-3,107 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner Trail


  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    May-Nov (depending on snow)
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail can be thought of as two distinctly different trails due primarily to the geology. The southern section starts at SR-207 (Kingsbury Grade) and follows an undulating climb through granite soils, large rounded rocks, and mature pine forests. This section is technical and rewards good bike handling skills.

The northern section starts at Spooner Summit on US-50 and steadily climbs through angular talus and smaller pine trees to an expansive meadow that encompass the highest elevations of the trail. The meadow affords nearly perfect views of the entire lake and the surrounding mountains. This section of trail is not technical, but the climb is relentless. The transition between the two sections of trail is fairly distinct about a quarter mile south of the meadow.

At the highest point of the trail is a bench...like a park bench, except that it was handmade from local timber and placed facing Lake Tahoe in honor of an individual who frequented the area. As a result, these sections of trail are often called "Kingsbury bench" for the section from Kingsbury to the bench or "Spooner Bench" for the section from Spooner Summit to the bench.

Access Info

Access for the northern trailhead is a couple hundred feet east of Spooner Summit in a parking area on the south side of US-50.

Access to the southern trailhead is more complicated. The trailhead is on the north side of the TRT crossing of Kingsbury Grade (SR-207), however, there is no parking immediately available to start the trail from that point. One option is to park on Buchanan Rd just west of the TRT intersection and ride the few hundred feet to the trailhead. However most riders skip the first 1.5 miles of the TRT and drive to the parking area at the end of the pavement on North Benjamin Dr. (which technically morphs into Andria Dr.). There a USFS/TRTA kiosk and trail map are available at a TRT spur on the west side of the road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -41 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,106 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,822 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,148 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,106 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,968 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 5, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.85 (6 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to trt-kingsbury-to-spooner trailhead (39.103530, -119.895510)
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TRT: Kingsbury... Trail Reports

Sep 5, 2018 @ 6:21am
Sep 5, 2018
Rode between the north and south Daggett Loop intersections. Dry and sandy conditions, but in good shape. No other traffic encounter, very quiet.
Jun 20, 2018 @ 9:01am
Jun 20, 2018
Only 1 or 2 small patches of snow North of The Bench, but very easy to ride over. Other than that, from Spooner to Kingsbury Stinger, pretty dry,...
Jun 1, 2018 @ 8:49pm
Jun 1, 2018
TRT crew was out cutting the downed trees today! The only snow is on the North side of the Bench just as you get back into the trees. It’s was...
May 24, 2018 @ 4:44pm
May 24, 2018
I would say 80% rideable! Couple snow patches to post hole through. Clear to right before Sierra canyon, then clear after until the bench. Then...
May 14, 2018 @ 6:40am
May 14, 2018
Rode about 4 miles from spooner to kingsbury and there was too much snow. Note: This was last weekend
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Aug 15, 2018 @ 9:59am
Aug 15, 2018
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
73 |
Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:13pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
62 |
Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:12pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner

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