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Trail Fest set for Saturday, July 19 at Commons Beach

On Saturday July 19, 2008 the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting Lake Tahoe’s annual Trail Fest event, celebrating all of the beautiful trails of Tahoe. The event will be at the heart of Tahoe City at Commons Beach, and will start at 9 a.m. with guided hikes, cycles and paddles and will continue to 4 p.m. with live music by The Saddle Tramps, beer tasting and an outdoor BBQ.

Throughout the day there will be a an outdoor equipment expo with more than 20 vendors featuring merchandise such as Mountain Hardware, Jet Boil, Salomon, MSR, Chaco, Lowe Alpine and many more. Most outdoor vendors will offer demonstrations and free demo rentals of their products. Options include kid carrier backpacks from Sherpani, Salomon XT Wings shoes for trail runners to try, Dueter will have day packs and demonstrations on water purification, backcountry stove use, and even tasters of dehydrated food.

Other local organizations and businesses will be at the event tabling and handing out information, and taking part in the festivities. Trail Fest is promoting and celebrating the hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling and paddling trails in and around Tahoe City, and providing a chance for folks to get outdoors and have fun. Below is a list of FREE guided programs, participants should sign up early as space will most definitely fill up.

Alpenglow Sports will also be sponsoring a 7-mile trail run from Tahoe City through Page Meadows; lead by one of the stores athletes. Trail Fest will conclude with a raffle that will include great prizes such as tents, stoves, and other outdoor gear. To find out more information on the event, guided events, and the trail run go to http://www.tahoerimtrail.org or contact Allison at 775-298-0238 or allisonb@tahoerimtrail.org.

– Family Hike from Common’s Beach towards Page Meadows

– Page Meadows Wildflower Hike (8 miles)

– Tahoe City towards Brockway Summit (8-10 miles) moderate to strenuous

– Galena Falls Waterfall Hike near Mt. Rose

– Brockway Summit Vista Hike (4-5 miles)

To sign up, please call (775) 298-0012 or visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org

Enjoy the rolling cross-country biking at Burton Creek State Park. This is a moderately challenging ride through miles of single tracked pine and high sierra meadows. Mountain bike experience is required; you must have your own helmet and bike. Demo rentals will be available. This is a 2 hour ride. To sign up, call or visit Tahoe City Bike Rental @ (530) 581-5861.

Tahoe City Kayaks will lead an amazing tour of Tahoe’s magical west shore. Learn about the rich history of the area while paddling this water trail. This tour is geared towards the novice kayaker. All kayaking gear is provided. To sign up, call or visit Tahoe City Kayaks @ (530) 581-4336.

Join seasoned riders from Olympic Bike Shop for a challenging ride with big rewards. Be ready for a climb with lake views and the ending location at beautiful Page Meadows. This tour is for experienced mountain bikers, you must also have your own helmet and bike. Demo rentals are available. To sign up, please call or visit Olympic Bike Shop at (530) 581-2500.

Join athletes from Alpenglow Sports for a fun and exhilarating 7-mile run from Tahoe City to Page Meadows. Open to all levels and abilities. To sign up, please call or visit Alpenglow Sports at (530) 583-6917.