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Backpacker Magazine – September 2001
Twenty years of hard work near Tahoe yields a 150-mile path so high, you'll breathe "angel air."
The Tahoe Rim Trail gives new meaning to the phrase "getting your money's worth." This recently completed route squeezes two states, six counties, three national forests, some state parklands, and a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail into its 150-mile length. If that's not enough, the path follows high ridges and mountaintops in a spectacularly scenic circuit of the largest alpine lake in North America.
Trail construction "was a heck of a challenge," says Glenn Hampton, a retired Forest Service recreation officer who 20 years ago proposed a loop around the lake that straddles the California-Nevada border. Some 10,000 volunteers and 200,000 work hours later, Hampton and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are celebrating the path's grand opening with 3 days of festivities beginning September 21, 2001.
The Tahoe Rim Trail offers nine different trailheads for easy access. Complete the whole trail, whether in a single thru-hike or in sections, and you can join the Association's 150-Mile Club. To get you started, here are three hikes, best taken in September or October to avoid crowds:
For more information or to order a detailed map of the trail ($10), contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at (775) 588-0686; http://www.tahoerimtrail.org