14 miles
Distance
3,074 ft
Climb
-3,100 ft
Descent
02:37:18
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    Kingsbury Grade
    My City, Nevada
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May-Nov (depending on snow)
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #8409

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
    -470.301%
  • Grade min
    260.777%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    02:37:18
  • Avg reverse time
    01:50:16
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Status:
on Jun 20, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.85 (6 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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TRT: Kingsbury... Trail Reports

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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
Nov 17, 2017 @ 8:17am
Nov 17, 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
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Oct 21, 2017 @ 2:11pm
Oct 21, 2017
TRT: Kingsbury to Spooner

Routes with this trail

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Spooner to Stateline
20 miles
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62 miles
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