Notes from the Tahoe Rim Trail |

Notes from the Tahoe Rim Trail

Sierra Sun file photoAt 165 miles, the Tahoe Rim Trail is a challenging and beautiful way to see why the Tahoe Basin has been called the jewel of the Sierra.

Part of a 15-person Tahoe Rim Trail Association-led team, Sierra Sun reporter Greyson Howard will start from Brockway Summit and walk clockwise around the lake over 15 days covering 165 miles of trail ranging from 6,240 to 10,338 feet in elevation before finishing the trek at Brockway Summit again.Check out Greyson’s stories from the trail, video blog and photos from the hike below.

While hiking, Greyson kept a running video blog from the trail. Click the link below to check out each day’s video (or just see the video player below).He also took a whole lot of photos. Check out the two photo slideshows below.

As I stepped onto the Pacific Crest Trail the sun beat down and the hot air was still, but I had goose bumps. I was out to test my gear, and myself, with one week to go before starting my long walk chipping away at the 165 mile trail that will be my entire world for two weeks…

For as long as I can remember, the outdoors has been in my blood. From childhood hikes and visits to national parks, to riding with the UC Davis cycling team and scuba diving around the world, finding my way into nature is a critical part of my life…

Whether its a hiker dodging horse droppings, a mountain biker stuck behind a pack of oblivious walkers, or a rider whose horse is spooked by a speeding mountain bike, many trail users have witnessed first-hand the conflicts between these three groups…

Rounding the southern end of Lake Tahoe on the rim trail, one cant help but think of one of the most pressing issues in the area fire. After the Angora Fire destroyed more than 250 homes, and caused more than $140 million in damage starting late in June, proactive measures to reduce wildfire danger around developed areas is a given…

The Tahoe Rim Trail passes by many beautiful and illustrious places on the 165-mile loop of the Tahoe Basin, from the popular Mount Rose Wilderness to the venerable Pacific Crest Trail. But no location the trail wanders through receives as many visitors as Desolation Wilderness, a 100-square-mile, federally designated wilderness area that straddles the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eldorado National Forest on the southwestern end of the Tahoe basin…

Two weeks on the trail is difficult you walk long distances, eat bad food, sleep on hard ground, and are generally very, very dirty but it’s completely worth it…

While hiking, Greyson kept a running video blog from the trail. Use the video player below to navigate through each day’s video blog entry.He also took a whole lot of photos. Check out the two photo slideshows below.

We’d love to hear your stories of hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and your opinions on any of the subjects Greyson wrote about while on his trek. Send e-mail to and we’ll add your story to this one.

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