Backcountry Trail 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!

samandjackiecook2015 Camp Dates:

Snow Valley Peak: July 14th - 16th & July 21st - 23rd
Armstrong Pass: August 14th - 16th & August 28th - 30th 
Desolation Wilderness: September 10th - 11th 

This year's camps are generously supported in part by a grant from the American Hiking Society's National Trails Fund! They are awesome and are providing the funding for food, transportation and tools for our camps.  Thanks AHS!!!


We need volunteers! 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! Please read below for details on our three different 2015 Backcountry Camps and how you can get involved!


 Snow Valley Peak Backcountry Trail Camp

Camps at Snow Valley Peak will be based out of the Spooner Backcountry State Park and will be a mini version of our full backcountry camps.  These camps will be smaller with 10-15 folks maximum and will be focused on repairing the trail below Snow Valley Peak doing technical rock work.  Volunteers should be ready for heavy lifting and be over 18 years of age.  The camp set up will be somewhat simpler than our traditional backcountry camps.  We are currently not planning on having camp kitchen volunteers so the crew will be on there own to prepare and clean up meals.  We'll have prep your own breakfasts with a variety of instant breakfast options such as oatmeal, bagels, and cereal.  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 14-16 SVP Camp                                            July 21-23 SVP Camp


 Armstrong Pass Backcountry Trail Camp

Star Lake Outlet Michael

Our gold star, deluxe edition of backcountry camps, the Armstrong Pass Backcountry Camp is our traditional TRTA campout.  We'll have a full camp set up at the base of the Willow Creek Trail off USFS road 051 which can be accessed from highway 89 South of South Lake Tahoe, CA.  We will be hosting between 25 and 35 folks for this camp and will be serving three meals a day.  Volunteers will be working on trail maintenance work on the TRT between Armstrong Pass and Star Lake.  No experience in trail building is necessary.  Participants will be required to hike into worksites each day from camp totaling a minimum of a 2.5 mile round trip journey.  Volunteers feeling more adventurous will be sent to project sites further from the main camp.  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:

August 14 - 16 Armstrong Pass Camp                         August 28 - 30 Armstrong Pass Camp 


Desolation Wilderness Overnight

Susie LakeNew for 2015, we're backpacking!  This overnight project will address trail maintenance issues near Susie Lake and will require a six mile backpack into and out of the project site.  Participants should have experience backpacking as this is NOT an introductory backpacking course.  Volunteers will be required to carry their individual backpacking gear along with some group food and at least one hand tool.  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 two 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 10 Desolation Overnight


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 Armstrong Pass Backcountry Camps.  For more information about joining the camp kitchen team, contact Morgan Fessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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!