|A welcome rest above Star Lake
We usually save this 21-mile portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail for our last long run prior to
the Tahoe Marathon. The mid-September run is fairly dry but snow is often still seen.
With Star Lake itself sitting at 9200 feet in elevation, you'll find the views unending
and the air thin.
This run, the very essence of the spine of the Carson Range, requires plenty of stamina, water, and food as well as a camera to
record your accomplishment. Tired smiles should await you, along with real food and a change of
shoes, at the Big Meadow trailhead.
From Stateline, take Kingsbury Grade almost to the summit, turning
Right onto Tramway Drive and take it to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort's Stagecoach Lodge
area. Look for the Tahoe Rim Trail trailhead bulletin board at the south end of the parking lot.
We need to need to leave some cars at trail's end on Luther Pass before driving up to Stagecoach.
The Big Meadow Trailhead is on the NORTH (a left if you're driving up from Myers) on
Highway 89 as you approach the Grass Lake Area.
Watch for the Rim Trail signs and be careful - this one's easy to miss as the
parking lot is out of sight from the highway.
Map of Luther Summit and Stagecoach Parking Areas