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!

Each year, The Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosts several Backcountry Camps on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Backcountry Camps in 2015 will be held near Armstrong Pass on the southern end of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  


Do you like to cook? WE NEED YOU! Help fill our most important role this August and volunteer for our kitchen crew. Click here for more information!

2015 Camp Dates:

Armstrong Pass:
August 14th - 16th & August 28th - 30th 

New in 2015  - Mini Backcountry Camps!
Join the TRTA for an overnight near Susie Lake in Desolation Wilderness to help us remove brush off the trail on September 10th - 11th or join our technical team at Snow Valley Peak July 14th - 16th or 21st - 23rd

 Camp out with us!
Registration opens in May 

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

Typical Camp Schedule: 

  • 7:00 to 8:00am: Wake up, eat a freshly prepared breafast 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.  This year's project will be a short hike around the corner from the Marlette Campground to the Marlette Campgroud.
  • 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 East Shore, Lake Tahoe, and Marlette Lake.
  • 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 what ever suits your fancy for the evening before turning in to do it all over again!



We need volunteers! 
For our Backcountry Camps to be a success we
need trail builders/maintainers. For this year's
camp at Marlette Lake we'll be doing some
heavy lifitng!  We have an exciting project lined
out that will invovle plenty of cool tools, big
rocks, and some hard work. 

The TRTA’s Backcountry Camps are enjoyable and family friendly. No experience is necessary!

We need kitchen volunteers to keep everyone happy! 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 please make a note on your registration in the comments section or contact Morgan Fessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..