Thru-Hike - Tahoe Rim Trail (Dates Finalized)

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UPDATE 2/8/19:
The dates and itinerary have been finalized for this hike. If you’re considering this hike and want to get detailed information on our itinerary, resupply points, gear/packing lists, permits, hotels and more, please send me a direct message with your email address. I'll invite you to download Trello, the app I’m using to plan this hike. You will have access to all the information. Thanks!

The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is arguably one of the most scenic and accessible thru-hikes in the country. From volcanic rock formations and glacially carved valleys, to lush meadows packed with wildflowers and dense forests of hemlock, not to mention beautiful alpine lakes, the sheer number of landscapes and microclimates makes the trail one of the most stunning in Northern California—and the West, for that matter. Source:

The trail loops around Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness, Granite Chief Wilderness, Mt. Rose Wilderness). Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and 2nd deepest after Crater Lake. Trail elevation ranges from a low point of 6,300 ft (Tahoe City) to a high point of 10,330 ft (Relay Peak). Total elevation gain and loss is 30,000 ft. The PCT and TRT share the same path for about 50 miles. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Source: TRT Association

DISTANCE: 171 miles (loop); join us for a section if you can't do the whole loop!

MAX GROUP SIZE on the trail (according to the Tahoe Rim Association) is 12 but if there's a lot of interest, we can break up into groups!

FINALIZED HIKING DATES: 7/20/19 (start) - 8/1/19 (finish)

Shannon's Personal Itinerary:
• 7/18 - drive up/arrive/stay in hotel
• 7/19 - relax/acclimate/pack
• 7/20 - 8/1 - hike for 13 days (7/26 is a zero miles day; can stay in hotel)
• 8/1-7 - relax/stay in hotel/SUP on lake
• 8/7 - drive home


• Tahoe Rim Trail, The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians, 3rd Edition by Tim Hauserman
• Walking in Circles, Backpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail by Jim Rahtz