The event is open to anyone who wants to challenge themselves to see the lake from all angles. And while the kickoff for the 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge begins on Saturday, June 6, anyone can enter over the course of the upcoming year.
Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers are all allowed on the trail, and they're welcome to complete the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge with these three modes of transport over the course of one year.
The Tahoe Rim Trail has some of the best views of the lake — Photo courtesy of Tahoe Rim Trail Association
The Tahoe Rim Trail encompasses the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties and two states. The Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps with approximately 50 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge features six sections and highlights like amazing views of Tahoe, access to alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower meadows, lush waterfalls, geology and history. The sections give participants access to views of areas like Emerald Bay, Meiss Meadows, the Brockway Summit, Spooner Lake and Echo Summit near beautiful Echo Lakes.
The challenge can be completed over the course of a year in any type of order. Some participants may choose to backpack the entire trail over the course of two weeks. Others may spread out several horse rides over the course of several months.
Each participant who completes a section will receive a digital badge for bragging rights.
The Tahoe Rim Trail covers 165 miles and crosses two states — Photo courtesy of Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Members of the challenge will receive challenge hike maps and trail descriptions, online tracking, a T-shirt, guided hikes, a one-year membership to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and invites to special events, including the Where's McLeod? Giveaway Days.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mascot (a stuffed marmot) will also be taking on the trail, and he'll make a special appearance during the giveaway days. Participants will have to find where he’s hiding.
Challenge participants are also encouraged to join several of the trail work crews that care for and maintain the trail. A special badge will be awarded to anyone who volunteers for a trail crew.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that was established in 1981 to plan, construct and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. The organization offers trail talks and tours, backcountry guiding and trips, medical training courses and orienteering courses.
The organization sells maps and books about the Tahoe area and its trails as well as hiking patches and pins, clothing and stickers – proudly displayed on various vehicles and sports racks around the lake.
The Tahoe Rim Trail can be covered by horseback — Photo courtesy of Tahoe Rim Trail Association