Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association!
Posted: July 27, 2021
The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the most iconic and beautiful long-distance recreation trails in the world. The 165+ mile single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail circumnavigates the ridge lines of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, four National Forests, three wilderness areas, two states and one state park. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association also manages approximately 30 miles of side and connector trails. The entire Tahoe Rim Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail (aside from approximately 50 miles that are co-located with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) and is therefore part of the National Trails System.
The Trail and Association exist because of the dreams and dedicated efforts of thousands of volunteers planning, building, and maintaining a trail around Lake Tahoe. Starting in 1984, volunteers broke ground and began constructing the trail, an effort which took until 2001 and over 200,000 hours to complete the initial 165-mile loop. The TRTA is grateful for decades of support from a diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts who continue to support the Association with thousands of volunteer hours annually. Volunteers lead and partake in trail maintenance and construction, guide groups on the trail, cook at our backcountry camps, assist with events, perform administrative tasks, and are involved in outreach in the communities we serve.