14 miles
3,074 ft
-3,100 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner Trail


  • Riding area
    Kingsbury Grade
    Kingsbury Grade, Nevada
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -25 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,114 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,815 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,139 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,114 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
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on Nov 17, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
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

Nov 17, 2017 @ 8:17am
Nov 17, 2017
Aug 26, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Aug 26, 2017
All clear and spectacular from Spooner to the Bench. Downed trees have been cleared.
Jul 5, 2017 @ 3:15pm
Jul 5, 2017
From Spooner, first 4.5 miles clear with great conditions, 1 large downed tree. Last 1/4 mile before lakeview ridge, several dismounts for snow,...
Jun 25, 2017 @ 3:05pm
Jun 25, 2017
There's still large snow patches about 5 miles from North Benjamin trailhead, near the Sierra Canyon junction. Multiple trees are down before...
Mar 22, 2017 @ 4:55pm
Mar 22, 2017
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Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:13pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
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Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:12pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
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Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:12pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner
10 |
Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:11pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner

Routes with this trail

Spooner to Stateline
20 miles
Tahoe Rim Trail Bike Packing Trip
62 miles
pass to pints
17 miles

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