Backcountry Trail Camps

We have wrapped up our fifth and final 2015 Backcountry camp. 2015 Backcountry camps were a resounding success! Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer and all of the great support we received from the American Hiking Society, NV Energy Foundation, and Vail EpicPromise! We couldn't have done it without you. 

2016 Backcountry Camps

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association has been hosting Backcountry Camps for over 25 years. It's tradition here at the TRTA and a great way to meet new people, work up a sweat, enjoy a few nights out under the stars, and show your appreciation and support for the Tahoe Rim Trail. Take a mini volunteer vacation with us! 

We need volunteers for 2016! We have a job for everyone at our Backcountry Camps. For these camps to be a success we need trail builders/maintainers as well as camp kitchen volunteers! Below is a list of our 2016 camps. Registration will open April 1st!

 Tahoe Meadows South Frontcountry Trail Camp

Join the TRTA as we address critical maintenance issues south of the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead on the north side of Lake Tahoe. For this camp we will be car camping in luxury at the Mt. Rose Summit Campground. These camps will be smaller with 10-15 folks maximum and will be focused on repairing switchbacks and steps above the Diamond Peak Ski Area. Volunteers for the first session will be shuttled 30 minutes and will have a 1 mile hike to the work sit. Volunteers for the second session should be ready for a moderate hike at elevation to and from the worksite each day and a full day of work. The camp set up will be somewhat smaller than our traditional backcountry camps. Meals will be simple and the crew will be pitching in to help with some preparation and clean up. We'll have prep your own breakfasts with a variety of instant breakfast options such as oatmeal, bagels, and cereal as well as eggs, fruit, etc. Lunches will also be of the help yourself variety! Dinners will be provided and will require minimal cooking and clean up.

To register click on the links below: 
July 19 - 21 Tahoe Meadows S. Camp                                     July 25 - 27 Tahoe Meadows S. Camp

 Mott Canyon Backcountry(ish) Trail Camp

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Our gold star, deluxe edition of backcountry camps, the Mott Canyon Backcountry Camp is our traditional TRTA campout. We'll have a full camp set up at Mott Canyon which will be accessed from the Kingsbury South Trailhead at Heavenly's Stagecoach Lodge. We will be hosting between 25 and 35 folks for this camp and will be serving three square meals a day. Volunteers will be working on rerouting the Tahoe Rim Trail off the Mott Canyon Access Road to new single track trail with incredible views of the Carson Valley. No experience in trail building is necessary. Trail building and camp kitchen volunteers are needed for this camp. See below for more information about our Camp Kitchen Volunteer Opportunities!  

For more information or to register click on the links below:

September 2 - 5 Mott Canyon Camp

Fontanillis Lake Overnight

vista photo fontanillis lake webBack by popular demand, the TRTA is hosting another true backcountry trail camp in 2016. This two night project will address trail maintenance issues at Fontanillis Lake, one of our favorite spots on the TRT! The project will require some hardy folks for a 5 1/2 mile hike into camp. Participants will need to carry their own camping gear and assist with carrying some group food and gear. Participants should have experience backpacking as this is NOT an introductory backpacking course. All meals will be provided for this trip and will be of the backpackers freeze dried variety. In addition to providing all of the food for the three day event, the TRTA will also provide group cooking stoves, fuel, backcountry permits, transportation from Stateline, NV and an awesome time camping out at one of the beautiful alpine lakes on the TRT!

For more information or to register click below:

September 14-16 Fontanillis Lake Backcountry Camp

Camp out with us!

Join us for Backcountry Camp - There is something for everyone! 

Love to cook? Fill the ranks of our most important Backcountry Camp volunteer position and be a camp cook. Hungry trail workers are kept happy with delicious food prepared by our fabulous camp cooks. Camp cooks are the first folks up in the morning to start coffee, prepare breakfast, and put out lunch. Once the work crew leaves camp for their worksite, the kitchen crew has the morning to relax and explore. In the afternoon, camp cooks return and start prepping snacks and dinner. Cook volunteers can sign up to help during the 2-3 day camps or can get more involved and help with meal planning, food purchasing, and packing before camps start! 

So you're not exactly the next Emeril Lagasse? Not a problem, we'll provide plenty of instruction and help. As with all of our trail work opportunities, no experience is necessary! If you are interested in joining the kitchen team you can indicate your interest on the registration page for our Mott Canyon and Tahoe Meadows Backcountry Camps.  For more information about joining the camp kitchen team, contact Chris Binder at  

Typical Camp Schedule: 100 0811

  • 7:00 to 8:00am: Wake up, eat a freshly prepared breakfast by our kitchen crew, and get ready to head out to the field for the day.
  • 8:00 to 8:30am: Pack up lunch, fill up water bottles and lace up your boots.
  • 8:45am: Morning briefing.  Crew leaders will fill us in on our project for the day and pertain info to be prepared for the day in the field.
  • 9:00am: Depart for our worksite. 
  • 9:00 to 4:00pm: Field work. We'll break up in crews and rotate around different project sites throughout the day.  We'll eat lunch in the field overlooking the Tahoe Rim Trail!
  • 4:00pm: Return to camp.  Get your snack on and refuel!  Enjoy relaxing at camp or join others on a hike or adventure in the area.
  • 6:00pm: Dinner served
  • 7:00pm: Enjoy great company, board games, cards, a good book, or whatever suits your fancy for the evening before turning in to do it all over again!