Back to index TRT - Segment 4 - Spooner Summit to Kingsbury North
Trip Date:  06/16/2015

Distance
: 13.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2200'

Group Size: 3

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard    Strenuous
TRT Segment 4 Trip
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TRT Segment 4 Trail Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 39 06.224, W 119 53.718     End Coordinates:   N 38 59.779, W 119 53.794

Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   For parking at Spooner Summit, take Highway 50 east from South Lake Tahoe.  Park on the south side of the highway at the parking area provided for the Tahoe Rim Trail hike.  There are restrooms and a large parking area for 20+ cars in this location.  
For parking at Kingsbury North, take Highway 207 east from Lake Tahoe Blvd for a couple miles, and then turn left on N. Benjamin Dr.  Follow this road around (it turns into Andria Dr at one point) until you reach then end of the pavement and the parking area for the Tahoe Rim Trail hike.
Hazards of Note:   The first half of the trip is a continual uphill climb through the forest, with viewpoints scattered along the way. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This is a mixed used trail popular mountain biking area so keep an eye out for quickly approaching bicyclists.  
General Notes:
From the parking at Spooner Summit head south along the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT.)  The first mile and a half is a very steady uphill, rising about 800 feet before levelling off just a little bit for a short way.  About a mile further you will come to a junction with a dirt road.  Continue straight on, heading toward the signed "Lake View" in 2 miles.  This viewpoint has great vistas of most of Lake Tahoe, and there is even a Kiwanis placed bench nearby that serves as a nice spot to rest.  From here, you can choose to extend the trek for the day with a side trip to the top of Genoa Peak, the mountain top on your left with the equipment at the summit.  This is a worthwhile diversion, but will add about 2 1/2 to 3 miles to your day.  As you continue past the base of Genoa Peak and the amazing viewpoints there, the trail will begin to gradually descend toward Kingsbury over the next four miles, passing through forest for most of the way with some open views to the south of Freel Peak and Heavenly Valley Ski Area.
Genoa Panorama
Sweeping view of Lake Tahoe from the bench halfway along this hike near Genoa Peak.

Some historical information signs at the Spooner Summit parking area. Spooner Summit parking area
Trailhead sign with the mileage for Ridgetop and Kingsbury the key destinations for the day.
Trailhead sign 
A typical section of the first part of the trip, climbing gradually through the forest on nice, soft dirt trail. Heading on up 
One of the first views along the trail, before it gets high enough to see the lake a couple thousand feet below. A first view
Leaving the forest for a brief moment the view to the north looks across Spooner Pass toward Snow Valley Peak in the distance.  The previous section trail passed right along the western face of this close to the top. North to Snow Valley Peak 
The reward for the continual ascent over the first few miles are the views of the lake which soon come into sight. Tahoe in view
Looking across the lake you can see Mt. Tallac on the left and Dick's Peak on the right. Freel
Much of this side of the trail is very well marked with the distinctive TRT markers, including the one in the first picture that was about twice the size of any others we've seen so far. Trail markers Trail markers
Looking far south to the Carson Pass area, which the southern end of the TRT actually travels along the ridge of.  That's a long way off, but fortunately a couple of sections further from this one. Carson Pass 
Looking across Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake, higher in elevation due to the glacial moraine at the end of it which keeps it from being a bay like Emerald to the north. Fallen Leaf Lake
Looking across at the aforementioned Emerald Bay with Fanette Island in the middle. emerald bay
Taking in the views that are a distraction along this entire section of trail. Taking in the views 
The awesome lunch spot at the base of Genoa Peak on a Kiwanis Bench that has been placed in memory of a longtime member. Lunch Spot Lunch Spot
This guy was interested in our lunch but we just let him watch us.Lunch overseer 
Looking ahead to the south and the mountains that will be traversed on the next section south of Kingsbury. To the South
One last look at Lake Tahoe before ducking into the trees for the last mile of the trek. One last view of Tahoe 
From this point it is just a mile to the Kingsbury N parking area, or you can extend the day up to six miles heading to Kingsbury S from this direction.   Decisions...
You can find a third (new) option from the two listed in the previous picture at the Kingsbury N parking area.  Take the Daggett Loop to the Tahoe Rim Trail junction and shave three miles off the extended trail shown above. Third option
The trailhead information booth at Kingsbury North which has a lot of good information and segment maps on this particular area. TRT Trail information
Two thirds of today's hiking group sporting our "don't shoot at us, hunters" colors for out on the trail. 2/3 of the group
GPS track of the hike starting in the upper left and heading down to the bottom right. The small spur near the top is where you find the Kiwanis bench near the base of Genoa Peak. GPS Track of the hike