Tahoe Rim Trail (Section #15)

Echo Lake to Meiss Lake
Located 14.5 miles from South Lake Tahoe, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,733 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Tahoe Rim Trail: [ #01 - #18 ]


The Tahoe Rim Trail (Section #15) has a maximum elevation of 8,998 ft (2,743 m), a minimum elevation of 7,256 ft (2,212 m), and an elevation range of 1,742 ft (531 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,73310.1 mi7,256 ft8,998 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.2 hrs138.61,663 ft586 ft
[ B to A ]
3.9 hrs48.8586 ft1,663 ft

What is the length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15?

The length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,733 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15?

A person in good physical health can hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15 in 4.2 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Echo Lake to Meiss Lake topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Rockbound Valley, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Emerald Bay, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: South Lake Tahoe, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Pyramid Peak, CA
  5. Topo Map: Echo Lake, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Freel Peak, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tragedy Spring, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Caples Lake, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Carson Pass, CA

Is there a Tahoe Rim Trail map for Section #15?

Yes, and they're free! The Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15 is located on the Echo Lake and Caples Lake topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

TRT015T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #15 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.