Tahoe Rim Trail
the Rim Trail past Freel Peak, the highest peak in the basin (10,881').
Take Highway 89 south from Meyers to the Big Meadow parking lot. The trail
starts at the north end of the parking area. A longer trip is possible by taking two
cars and parking one car at the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort's Stagecoach parking lot.
The trailhead begins 1/8 mile up Stagecoach Run.
Mountain bikes are not allowed on the trail from Armstrong Pass north to Fountain
Place nor from Star Lake north to High Meadows (Private Property).
After 20 years of work, the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 150-mile loop that runs along the
ridges and mountaintops circling Lake Tahoe, officially opened in September.
Built and maintained by volunteers, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service
and Nevada State Parks, the trail winds through two states, six counties,
three national forests, state parkland and three wilderness areas.
This single-track, backcountry trail is open to runners, equestrians, hikers, and in most areas, mountain bikers.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is considered one of the largest volunteer projects in the
country with more than 10,000 volunteers working nearly 200,000 hours to make the trail a reality.
The Tahoe Rim Trail was the concept of Glenn Hampton, who is now retired and lives in Whitehall, N.Y.
In 1977, Hampton was assigned as the US Forest Service recreation staff officer of
the Lake Tahoe Basin.
An avid hiker, Hampton envisioned a 150 mile loop trail following the
ridge tops surrounding Lake Tahoe.
Over the years, Hampton raised donations and solicited help from conservation organizations,
equestrian groups and community clubs to assist in the development of the trail.
Today, the Tahoe Rim Trail is heralded as one of the most successful volunteer projects in the
United States, with more than 10,000 volunteers giving over 200,000 hours.
In 1999, the Tahoe Rim Trail was named the Millennium Legacy Trail of Nevada, one of only 50 trails in the nation to receive this distinction.
In 2000 it was voted as one of the "Best Places to Hike in Nevada" by Nevada Magazine.
Glenn Hampton, a retired recreation officer with the U.S. Forest Service, is considered the founder of the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop trail circling the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Trail winds through two states, six counties, four national forests, state parkland and three wilderness areas.
The Trail is open to hikers, runners, equestrians, and, in most areas, mountain bikers. An estimated 3,000 people use the trail each week during peak summer and fall months.
The Trail is considered moderate in difficulty with an average 10% grade. Trail elevation ranges from 6,300 feet to 10,333 feet.
The Trail is open after the snow melts in the spring (mid-June) until the first snowfall (mid-October). The public is welcome on the trail at other times, however the path may be obscured.
The Trail is accessible by nine official Tahoe Rim Trail trailheads located at a variety of locations around Lake Tahoe.
The Trail is marked with special light blue, triangular Tahoe Rim Trail markers. Trail maps are available.
Camping is allowed but subject to restriction in wilderness areas and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Water on the Trail is limited and must be treated before consumption.
The Tahoe Rim Trail reflects the rich history of the Tahoe Basin. The Trail follows early Washoe Indian and pioneer routes and the pathways of Basque shepherds.
Volunteer crews of trail builders, supervised by trained leaders in conjunction with USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks, build and repair trail throughout summer and fall months each year. Trail work ranges from light raking and pruning to strenuous digging and boulder removal.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is considered one of the largest volunteer projects of its kind in the country. More than 10,000 volunteers have worked nearly 200,000 hours to make the trail a reality.