Tahoe is not just a city that people love to live in, it is a place that people travel from far distances to visit at least once in their life. With that special kind of attraction, the town needs the ability to show visitors everything it has to offer. The Tahoe Rim Trail is just one of the many amazing attractions that people come back to. To read the full article click here, the highlights are included below.
Started as an Idea
Originally the trail was built in the early 80s to include 150 miles of trail but has now grown to over 200 miles of trails. The trail, which would take a total of 10 to 12 days to hike in total, is broken up into nine major segments. The segments are divided where the highways cross through the trailheads. This allows hikers to trek an individual trail in a day or spend multiple days completing the entire loop.
“By providing a path around the trail, we have given people a place they can experience nature, and everyone can be on the same path and use that same sacrifice to the wilderness.”- Veronica Long, Tahoe Rim Trails Development Director
Community of Volunteers
The first trailhead was completed in 1990 at Big Meadow in California and then 17 years later, the entire loop was completed at Stateline on the north shore. The work was done by volunteers, amounting to over 200,000 hours dedicated by members of the community (Source).
Even though there is a small team at the top of the association to organize, volunteer work on the trail is what truly allows it to keep functioning. Volunteers spend countless hours on the trail, clearing brush, rebuilding drainage areas, removing logs, taking care of erosion, and many other things.
More Visitors Hit the Trail
Due to the pandemic and many things shutting down in 2020, the trails have seen a huge increase in the number of people on the trails.
“We found a lot heavier use impacts from all those people. We realized we need to educate the public on the proper way to sustainably recreate on the trail.” – Veronica Long
Due to the increase in the number of people on the trial a program called Taskforce Trailhead was launched in 2021. Volunteers were trained to go to trailheads on busy weekends and educate people about the “Leave No Trace” slogan in the basin. The volunteers are equipped with wilderness ethics which include reminding visitors to pick up their trash, carry water, and the prohibition of campfires in the basin. (Source)
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Source: Jacobson, Miranda. “Take a Hike: The Continuing Evolution of the Tahoe Rim Trail.” TahoeDailyTribune.com, TahoeDailyTribune.com, 5 July 2022, https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/take-a-hike-the-continuing-evolution-of-the-tahoe-rim-trail/.