Top Reasons to Go for a Hike on the “Rim Trail”

  1. It’s easy to do. If you can walk, you can hike. All you need is common sense and motivation.
  2. It’s social and fun. Hiking is a great way to bond with friends and enhance your vacation.
  3. The Lake Tahoe area has a wealth of trails. Below is information on a variety of TRT day hikes.
  4. There is no cost. One may have to put a little extra into filling up the tank that week, but otherwise hiking is completely free.
  5. The gear is minimal. Although we recommend a few extra items (see 10 Essentials list), all one truly needs for a day hike is adequate footwear and a water bottle.
  6. There are wonderful health benefits. Through hiking, one can burn calories, tone muscles, and reduce stress.

Plan Ahead

Before adventuring out in the great outdoors, it is important to spend some time preparing to ensure a safe and fun trip. 

First, check the weather and plan accordingly. It is a good idea to be aware of the forecasted temperature, if it will be cloudy, rainy, or sunny, and what time the sun rises and sets. It is no fun to get caught in the dark with a rainstorm rolling in when you are still a few miles from the trailhead.

Also, always take a map with you, and familiarize yourself with the trail you plan to hike. Be sure to always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

What To Wear and Bring

When going on a day hike, dress accordingly and be sure to bring a small backpack with supplies for your adventure.

  • Your feet are your best friend while hiking, so taking care of them with comfortable, supportive hiking boots should be a priority. To avoid blisters, break you shoes in before a long hike, and wear clean, thick wool socks.
  • Avoid cotton materials when hiking. If your clothing becomes wet, cotton can take a very long time to dry, which will cause discomfort, chafing, and could potentially lead to hypothermia.
  • Dress in layers so you can regulate your body comfort as the temperature and weather changes throughout the day.
  • Water – It is essential to keep your body well hydrated while hiking, carry 1-2 liters of water with you, more if it is a hot day or you are doing a more strenuous hike.
  • Lunch and snacks – Hiking is a physical activity, so be sure to provide your body with the fuel it needs to perform at its best.
  • Sun protection – this includes a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Rain Jacket – at high elevations, such as the Tahoe Region, rainstorms can come suddenly. Always be prepared!
  • Head Lamp – if you find yourself hiking after sunset, you will be glad you have this.
  • First Aid Kit – It is better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
  • Map and Compass – Know where you are.
  • Toilet paper and a plastic bag – When nature calls…

How to Break the Tahoe Rim Trail into 14 Day Hikes

The eight trailheads of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail create segments that range from 12 to 33 miles in length - a daunting distance for many day-hikers!  It's possible to access the TRT from a few points that aren't official trailheads and break the trail into 14 day hikes. Read More...

Leave No Trace

At the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, we strongly encourage you to practice Leave No Trace etiquette while hiking in the backcountry.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Leave What You Find
  4. Dispose of Waste Properly
  5. Minimize Campfire Impact
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Courteous to Other Visitors