Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tahoe Rim Trail Offers Free Guided Summer Hikes

With Summer in full swing, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is taking advantage of the sunny weather by introducing hikers to some of the Lake Tahoe's most beautiful trails. Join TRTA as they explore the Tahoe Rim Trail on one of their many themed hikes. The hikes are great for all ages (shorter hikes being most appropriate for kids) and are an excellent way to exercise, socialize, and learn about the great outdoors in the Tahoe Basin.

The next free hike, themed "Birds, Views, and Falls," is August 3 and allows hikers to search for birds and spectacular scenery, and makes a stop at Galena Falls. Possible bird sightings include Green-tailed Towhee, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird (Nevada's state bird), and MacGillvray's Warbler. The 6.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and participants are asked to bring a lunch as it will be eaten on the trail.

On August 14, the "Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports Pack Testing Trek" allows attendees to test the latest gear. Participants can test packs of all shapes and sizes including light hydration haulers, dependable daypacks, and expedition size packs, and can test multiple packs throughout the hike. The 6-mile hike includes a pack fitting discussion and photo opportunities of Galena Falls.

August 18, families can explore the outdoors during the "Van Sickle Bi-State Hike." The 3-mile hike provides a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe and even passes by a waterfall. On the return trip, attendees can stop by Explore Tahoe to enjoy a light lunch and browse the gift shop.

To sign up for a free guided hike or to learn more about TRTA, visit

Summer Hike Schedule:

August 3: Birds, Views, and Falls Hike
August 14: Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports Pack Testing Trek
August 18: Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hike
August 20: Peak of the Rim Full Moon Hike (TRTA Members Only)
August 24 & 25: Backpacking 101 - Gray Lake
September 7: Tahoe Meadows to Lake Tahoe/Diamond Peak Vista Point
September 19: Full Moon Hike (TRTA Members Only)
September 20: Peak of the Rim Full Moon Hike (TRTA Members Only)
September 21: Mark Twain Hike

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