Offering incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada and Carson mountain ranges, the 165-mile long Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the most scenic trails and definitely a bucket list experience for residents and visitors.
The trail passes through Nevada and California, six counties, one state park, three national forests and three wilderness areas. Trying to cover it all on one vacation or even one summer is unimaginable to some, and that is one of the reasons the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has launched the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, a self-guided adventure featuring six stunning sites.
Ideal for friends, families, hikers, bikers, equestrians and anyone seeking easy to reach outdoor adventures, the inaugural Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge encourages everyone to enjoy the natural world and experience the trail like no other.
“The new program highlights amazing vista points, alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, unique geologic features and more. The challenge is to experience all six sites on the Tahoe Rim Trail this year,” says Kristine Mitchell, a volunteer trail guide and TRTA’s vice president of trail use. “Depending upon the trail and season, you can bike, hike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to each destination. It’s all about fun – just get out there and go.”
Each site can be reached in a half day or less (the destinations range from 2½- to 6 miles). Individuals, families and groups have already enrolled.
“NV Energy employees are always up for a good challenge, and that’s why the company signed on as one of the first Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge corporate sponsors. This challenge is a great opportunity to encourage people to get fit throughout 2013 on some of the most scenic trails in the world, enjoy the company of other like-minded individuals and support the Tahoe Rim Trail Association,” shared Karen C. Ross, community relations manager with NV Energy. Spin Games and REI are also inaugural sponsors. Ross noted that a little healthy competition is welcome and encourages businesses throughout the region to take on NV Energy’s team.
The Trail Challenge is for both current and new TRTA members.
“Once you register online, the adventure begins,” Mitchell says. “Part of the fun is connecting with others who are participating in the challenge. You will have access to a members-only Web site to share pictures, track your progress and access ways to discover the six sites.”
Challenge participants also receive a trail tech T-shirt and invitations to special event days on the trails.
Wondering which places along the Tahoe Rim Trail have been singled out for 2013? Part of the fun of joining the challenge is discovering and exploring theses stunning sites. Participants will experience an elevation gain of 700 feet during a 2½-mile jaunt through Sugar and Jeffry Pine trees that culminates with a spectacular waterfall and stunning vistas. Another site, 3½ miles roundtrip, features nature’s bright reds, yellows and blues wildflowers blooming in the lush creek side meadow. The longest hike or ride is 6.1 miles in length. Want to know more? Register online.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Established in 1981, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a membership-supported organization that maintains the Tahoe Rim Trail in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Nevada State Parks. Today, the complete trail system, including connections and extensions, consists of more than 170 miles. When users check out an elevation map or experience the trail firsthand, he or she will notice the constant elevation changes.
With more than 100 free and affordable offerings annually, the TRTA attracts high caliber and knowledgeable volunteers who help build and maintain the trail and guide extraordinary day hikes. TRTA’s small staff recruits, trains and manages about 1,500 volunteers who contribute more than 17,000 hours annually.
Today, the organization exists to practice and inspire stewardship, promote access to the beauty of the region and sustain the Tahoe Rim Trail system. TRTA’s overarching programs include trail operations and trail use. Trail operations includes the maintenance and improvement of the trail while trail use provides wilderness excursions, guided hikes, youth and family summer camps. Both programs offer in-depth trainings and rewarding volunteer opportunities.