As snow periodically continues to grace us in Tahoe this spring we cling to winter, but realize the goods will be gone sooner than later. While it may be depressing, it’s not the end of the world. After all we live in one of the greatest places God created. As the seasons change so do the activities. Thanks to this lovely location in the Tahoe Basin, we have many to choose from. It’s great to play in the mountains in the winter, but in the summer you really get to know them. Whether mountain biking, trail running or hiking, each bump, creek or canyon comes alive. Out in the hills after the snow melts, you notice many things look different and new. That is everything but one…which one am I talking about? Lake Tahoe of course.
Best way to see Lake Tahoe
It is the largest sub alpine lake in North America, measuring 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. Although the water is crystal clear it appears deep blue from a distance due to it’s depth of 1,645 ft.! When standing on the shores it’s almost as if you are staring out over the ocean, but if you really want a view of the lake check it out at elevation. Only then can you truly appreciate this natural wonder. Unlike most alpine lakes this is relatively simple to do, thanks to the creation of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).
Tahoe Rim Trail – How it came to be
In the late 70’s a Recreation Officer with the U.S. Forest Service, named Glen Hampton, came up with an idea to build a trail all the way around the rim. He was determined, so he set out on many expeditions to collect information and locate possible routes. Much of the data collected was old routes used by pioneers, sheep herders and Indians. The idea was to use mainly volunteers along with partnerships with Nevada State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service to complete the project.
Who is the Tahoe Rim Trail Association?
The volunteers were made up of a group known as the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, which was founded in 1981. By 1984 a plan was decided upon and development began. In 2001 roughly 100 miles were completed. As part of the approved design it was decided to connect the TRT to the existing Pacific Crest Trail on the west shore. Once completed the total distance was calculated to be over 165 miles.
The TRT – Accessible to all
Unlike many other alpine trails the TRT is highly accessible and offers something for everyone. From weekend visitors to extreme outdoor enthusiasts all will find it fulfilling. There are many access points and it has been segmented to allow trips of any duration from one day to multiple weeks.