Genoa Peak to Spooner Lake
Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3

Located 7.0 miles from Carson City, Nevada

4 Stars
21,538 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)

There's a trailhead at Spooner Lake on Highway 50. Keep in mind, water sources on the trail between Spooner Lake and Mt. Rose (21 miles) are unreliable. This section of the trail passes through the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park; dispersed camping is not allowed within the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park boundaries. The trail continues through the Toiyabe National Forest with Duane Bliss Peak to the west.


The Tahoe Rim Trail (Section #3) has a maximum elevation of 8,821 ft (2,689 m), a minimum elevation of 7,129 ft (2,173 m), and an elevation gain of 22,257 ft (6,784 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,53810.1 mi7,129 ft8,821 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.8 hrs0.222,257 ft26,144 ft
[ B to A ]
3.8 hrs0.326,144 ft22,257 ft

What is the length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3?

The length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,538 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3?

A person in good physical health can hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3 in 3.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Genoa Peak to Spooner Lake Topo Maps

Download free Genoa Peak to Spooner Lake topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Kings Beach, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Marlette Lake, NV
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Carson City, NV
  4. West Topo Map: Meeks Bay, CA
  5. Topo Map: Glenbrook, NV
  6. East Topo Map: Genoa, NV
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Emerald Bay, CA
  8. South Topo Map: South Lake Tahoe, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Minden, NV

Is there a Tahoe Rim Trail map for Section #3?

Yes, and they're free! The Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3 is located on the Glenbrook and Marlette Lake topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

TRT003T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #3, provided by the National Weather Service. (



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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