I just completed a hike today from Brockway Summit on the Tahoe Rim Trail to the “viewpoint“, which is about ½ way up to Martis Peak Road. This is a 3 mile round trip hike with moderate climbing. This is a great little hike if you don’t have much time to spend. The view from the viewpoint is spectacular.
Park on the South side of Hwy. 267 ¼ mile South of Brockway Summit. The trail starts on the North side of 267 on a gated fire road. There is plenty of signage 100 yards up the fire road where the trail begins.
There is snow on the ground the entire way. The snow is very hard so no snowshoes are required. You might want to bring ski poles because the hard snow is quite slippery in places. After about a mile of hiking the tail starts to go down hill slightly. It is here that you will see a split in the tail with a sign that says “Spur Trail View”. This is where you go left and go up to the viewpoint.
On our hike today, 2/4/2012, we saw one other hiker as we were getting back to our car. Two weeks ago before the last big storm, the trails were as crowded as a shopping mall on Black Friday. Dress warm, carry a picnic lunch, hang-out a while and enjoy the views all to yourself. Cell phone (ATT) coverage is perfect on this hike.
The parking lot is at 7,000 feet and the viewpoint is at 7,785 feet. The GPS coordinates for the parking lot are: N39.15.306 W120.03.523
The Tahoe Rim Tail Map for this section is: http://tahoerimtrail.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=173&Itemid=206