Tahoe Rim Trail (Section #4)

Spooner Lake to Twin Lakes
Located 3.6 miles from Incline Village, Nevada (NV)
4 Stars
21,535 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Tahoe Rim Trail: [ #01 - #18 ]

When you reach the beginning of this section of trail, you're no longer in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, which means you can camp anywhere within 300 feet of the trail and 200 feet from water, until you enter the State Park. Nevada provides a free campground (North Canyon Campground) near the beginning of this trail, to the west in the State Park. The campground has a toilet and four or five camp sites with picnic tables, fire rings and bear resistant food and trash storage boxes. Herlan's Peak and Christopher's Loop is ahead; this is one of the most photographed places on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Also, keep in mind, you can't rely on the Twin Lakes as a water source; it's a seasonal lake.


The Tahoe Rim Trail (Section #4) has a maximum elevation of 9,005 ft (2,745 m), a minimum elevation of 7,893 ft (2,406 m), and an elevation range of 1,112 ft (339 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,53510.1 mi7,893 ft9,005 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.8 hrs70.9851 ft1,263 ft
[ B to A ]
3.8 hrs105.21,263 ft851 ft

What is the length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4?

The length of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,535 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4?

A person in good physical health can hike the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4 in 3.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4 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 Spooner Lake to Twin Lakes 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: Martis Peak, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Rose, NV
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Washoe City, NV
  4. West Topo Map: Kings Beach, CA
  5. Topo Map: Marlette Lake, NV
  6. East Topo Map: Carson City, NV
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Meeks Bay, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Glenbrook, NV
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Genoa, NV

Is there a Tahoe Rim Trail map for Section #4?

Yes, and it's free! The Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4 is located on the Marlette Lake topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

TRT004T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Tahoe Rim Trail Section #4 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.