Snow Valley Peak via Tahoe Rim Trail

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11.0 mi
Distance
5 hrs 57 min
Time
terrain
1,822 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate to difficult out and back trail to Snow Valley Peak in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Snow Valley Peak is a mostly gentle to moderate climb until the last push to the summit. Most of the hike is in the forest until you get near the summit ridge. Once you break out of the forest you are rewarded with views of Lake Tahoe. From the summit you have excellent views of the Sierra Crest to the west and the Carson Valley and the Pine Nut Range to the east. Early summer brings high altitude flowers but also the potential for having to hike on snow near the summit. Falls colors are available on this hike but it not the best hike in the area if you are looking for changing leaves.

This trail is near Spooner Lake.

Getting Started

Parking can be problematic. This trail head is limited on parking. Parking is available across the highway or further down the highway towards Spooner Lake but does require a fee if you access through Spooner Lake State Park. Crossing Highway 50 can be dangerous and not recommended if you have children. The summit has a telecommunications site on it which does take away from the wilderness character.


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