Volunteers get dirty on Mt. Rose for National Trails Day
More than 75 volunteers showed up at Tahoe Meadows Trailhead on June 5 to celebrate National Trails Day. The celebration was put on by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in partnership with the Carson Valley Trails Association and the U.S. Forest Service.
With a health theme the Tahoe Forest Hospital was represented for health screening during the day. The “Leave No Trace” representatives were there also to talk to the participants about the principles for proper stewardship of the environment while out on the trail.
Nada Vogt, one of the highest awarded volunteers for the Tahoe Rim Trail, was named the 2004 American Hiking Society Volunteer of the Year for the state of California.
“This is a wonderful surprise and an honor,” she said. “I really enjoy working with the people who volunteer time to work on the Tahoe Rim Trail. I find it very rewarding and inspiring. And I really appreciate the friendships I have been able to develop with my fellow crew leaders and others.”
Hikes were scheduled throughout the day. Tim Hauserman, author of “The Tahoe Rim Trail A Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians,” led 12 people on a spectacular hike.
As they hiked on the trail through the meadow, Hauserman taught them about the wild flowers and showed them an edible plant that tasted like mint. The group climbed through the forest and snow patches learning about five different trees including the Hemlock and the Western White Pine.
As they reached the top and saw the sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, Sam Gibson said to me, “I never realized National Trails Day would be so much fun.” Other hikes were led by Nevada State Parks Ranger Cheryl Surface, while Sara Holm led the children’s hikes.
A group of young men from China Springs worked very hard with the Forest Ranger cleaning up the parking lot, placing interpretive signs after the snow season and then concreting in a donation tube for the Tahoe Rim Trail Assocation.
Most of the volunteers went up on the trail near the Mt. Rose summit and worked very hard moving rocks (very large rocks) and dirt to establish a new trail off the existing dirt road up to Mt Rose.
The crew leaders for the TRTA said they were very happy with the turnout and impressed by the work done on National Trails Day.