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RESUPPLY MADE EASY
On a thru-hike starting at Echo Lake, you’ll never have to carry more than four days of food. Rest and resupply at these three spots.
#1. Tahoe City, CA
MILES FROM START 52
SHOP Save Mart Supermarket, 100 River Rd.
INDULGE Burgers and beers at Bridge Tender (530) 583-3342; 65 West Lake Blvd.
#2. Incline Village, NV
MILES FROM START 90
SHOP Raley’s Supermarket, 930 Tahoe Blvd.
INDULGE Ceviche Taco Salad at Hacienda de la Sierra (775) 831-8300; 901 Tahoe Blvd.
#3. Zephyr Village, NV
MILES FROM START 130
SHOP Safeway, 212 Elks Point Rd.
INDULGE Waffles and banana splits at Red Hut Café (775) 588-7488; 229 Kingsbury Grade
GUIDEBOOK AND MAP
The Tahoe Rim Trail, by Tim Hauserman ($13; wildernesspress.com); Tom Harrison Maps Lake Tahoe Recreation Map ($10; tomharrisonmaps.com)
Water gets scarce starting in July. Tank up before these sections: Tahoe City
to Mt. Rose Highway (38 miles; consider a cache at Brockway Summit); Kingsbury North to Spooner Lake (20 miles); Spooner Lake to Ophir Creek (18 miles).
Required only in the Desolation Wilderness. Half kept for walk-ups ($5/
hiker/night; 530-543-2694; fs.fed.us/R5/ LTBMU/). Thru-hikers must pay fees, but aren’t subject to site quotas.
- Distance: 270.5
Location: 38.833766, -120.042377
From Lower Echo Lake trailhead), hike along the
eastern edge of four small lakes dotted with
granite islands. Also, here you’ll find the Echo Chalet Forest Service outpost.
Location: 38.847194, -120.087484
At mile 3.1, enter the wilderness where the TRT and the Pacific Crest Trail merge
Location: 38.865545, -120.130261
Stop at the boulder-strewn shores of Lake Aloha for a swim beneath Pyramid Peak and the spired crest of the
Crystal Range-watch for marmots near the pile of rocks known as Cracked Crag
Location: 38.877922, -120.1346
In spring and early summer, an outlet creek creates a snowtunnel waterfall perfect for showerin
Location: 38.879264, -120.126699
At mile nine, camp at Susie Lake with views of 9,974-foot Dick’s Peak. Push
Location: 38.904128, -120.139116
Push 1,600 feet to Dick’s Pass the next morning, where, after a few hours of climbing, you’ll have huge views of a dozen lakes and 130-mile visibility north to 10,462-foot Lassen Peak (on clear
Location: 38.921425, -120.152498
The next 2.5 miles drop 1,000 feet to Fontanillis Lake, where you can rest your dogs in crisp, clear water.
Location: 39.024358, -120.21198
Richardson Lake, a tree-lined tarn with
campsites on the northwest corner
Location: 39.049266, -120.244305
The last 6.7 miles to Barker Pass (12) traverse rolling
terrain through dense forest dotted with
meadows. End at Barker Pass trailhead.
Location: 38.876337, -120.14625
Nav tip: At the northern side of Aloha, turn east away from Mosquito Pass toward Glen Alpine; it’s a frequently missed turn.
Location: 38.878352, -120.138667
In half a mile, reach Heather Lake, encircled in
flowers and hemlocks.
Location: 38.933407, -120.149473
Pass Upper and Middle Velma Lake (10), each with nearby camping. Water up here, as the trail enters an eight-mile dry section through firs to Richardson Lake
Location: 38.832037, -119.91221
Location: 39.157551, -119.886984
BACK TO TRT
Location: 39.280206, -120.030868
BEST VIEW YET OF LAKE
Location: 38.789673, -119.999519
Location: 39.289819, -119.979406
Location: 39.257926, -120.065866
BROCKWAY ROAD CAMPSITE
Location: 38.801534, -120.036387
Location: 39.09352, -120.243631
FIRST BIG VIEW OF LAKE TAHOE
Location: 38.802183, -119.977933
GRASS LAKE TRAIL
Location: 39.313246, -119.897141
HACIENDA DE LA SIERRA MEX FOOD
Location: 39.062286, -119.899784
HUGE LAKE VIEW
Location: 39.249625, -119.95303
INCLINE VILLAGE STARBUCKS
Location: 39.16491, -119.898004
Location: 39.19097, -119.889143
MARLETTE PK CAMPGROUND
Location: 38.917527, -119.889828
Location: 39.277345, -120.001088
MT ROSE WILDERNESS
Location: 39.293815, -119.953094
Location: 39.086401, -119.887842
NEAR GENOA PK RD CAMPSITE
Location: 39.322762, -119.940292
Location: 39.108375, -120.236937
PCT TRT JUNCTION CAMPSITE
Location: 39.315434, -119.94698
Location: 39.214274, -120.158704
Location: 38.751614, -120.003585
Location: 39.00636, -119.948965
S LAKE TAHOE BEACH
Location: 38.742664, -120.034152
Location: 39.105691, -120.236654
SIERRA CREST PANORAMA
Location: 39.29163, -119.957448
SKIRTING RELAY PEAK
Location: 39.104604, -119.896963
Location: 38.960675, -119.886363
STAGECOACH SKI LIFT
Location: 38.876824, -119.889802
STAR LAKE CAMPSITE
Location: 39.174711, -120.136316
TAHOE CITY CAMPGROUND
Location: 39.307336, -119.908001
TAHOE MEADOWS TRAILHEAD
Location: 39.234605, -120.018442
THE CHAR PIT KINGS BEACH
Location: 39.16236, -120.152341
Location: 39.219262, -119.9043
TUNNELL CREEK ROAD
Location: 39.140484, -120.191759
Location: 39.26875, -119.898722
WASHOE LAKE VIEW
Location: 39.224628, -120.13658
Location: 39.249517, -119.955639
Location: 39.005878, -119.947456
ZEPHYR COVE RESORT