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 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.
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More Stats for TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner mountain bike trail
Altitude change-25 ft
Altitude min7,114 ft
Altitude max8,815 ft
Altitude start7,139 ft
Altitude end7,114 ft
Distance climb6 miles
Distance down6 miles
Distance flat3 miles
Avg reverse time01:50:16
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
TRT: Kingsbury... Trail Reports
Sep 5, 2018 @ 6:21amSep 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 @ 9:01amJun 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 @ 8:49pmJun 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 @ 4:44pmMay 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 @ 6:40amMay 14, 2018
|Rode about 4 miles from spooner to kingsbury and there was too much snow. Note: This was last weekend|
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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