TRTA Annual Thru Hike Program

Finish Line New The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is proud to announce its 15th Annual Thru Hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Two lucky groups will circle the 165+ mile rim of the Tahoe Basin on one of the most unique multi-use trails in the world. This event offers participants an experience of a lifetime, the opportunity to meet new hiking friends, disconnect from modern life and create lasting memories of traveling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northern Sierra Nevada and Carson Range.

2016 Trip Dates

August 13th - August 27th
September 10th - September 24th

Online registration will open January 13th!

With questions, contact Lindsey at or call     (775) 298-4491.

The Price
2016 Program Fee - $1,695

Funds raised from the Annual Thru Hike are used to support the organization's mission: To maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and inspire stewardship and preserve access to the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. This program fee provides participants with the following:
  • 15 day guided trek around the Tahoe Rim Trail 
  • TRTA Trail Builder Special Membership
  • 165 Mile Club membership, certificate, pin and wicking shirt
  • Binder with pre-hike preparation materials
  • Pre-trip Thru Hike Coach
  • Tim Hauserman’s "Tahoe Rim Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians"
  • Waterproof Tahoe Rim Trail Map (by Tom Harrison)
  • Breakfast and dinner each day of the hike (occasional lunches also provided)
  • Trail Angels resupply every 1-3 days
  • Permits for wilderness travel
  • Cook stove fuel
  • Back-up gear
  • Bear canisters
  • Post-hike celebration with awards
  • Trip of a lifetime with new like-minded friends
The Participants
The TRTA invites participants with prior backpacking experience to register for this event. This 15-day journey is strenuous and not for beginning backpackers. The demands of hiking a full day with a backpack cannot be underestimated. It is critical that participants are well-prepared for this expedition through proper training, nutrition and self-care.  The program binder given to registered participants will provide information to assist with this training before the hike.  
The Program
The Tahoe Rim Trail now circles more than 165 miles around the rim of the Tahoe Basin. The highest point on the TRT is Relay Peak at 10,338’. There will be other significant climbs over 9,000’. Hiking distances will range between 7 and 16 miles per day. The trail ranges from moderate to strenuous, and our elevation profile shows a total gain/loss of 24,400’ over the entire hike.
The Guides/Coaches
Your guides, who will also serve as your pre-hike coaches, consist of our highly experienced and dedicated volunteer TRTA guides and/or TRTA staff. They are certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and trained by the TRTA and/or other agencies. They love to hike and share their backcountry and trail knowledge with others. These volunteers and staff dedicate two weeks of their lives to this expedition. Our volunteers are not paid for guiding the Thru Hike, so please show them some love every day of the hike. We have deep respect for our volunteer guides and want this to be an amazing experience for them too!

Trail Angels
Trail Angels are incredibly special people. They are volunteers who take the time to support participants on this journey. They provide incredible spreads of food throughout the journey including: fresh fruits, veggies, proteins and sometimes some extra special treats. Trail Angels also haul participant's extra gear to Trail Angel stops around the trail so that participants can grab that fresh pair of socks they have been dreaming about.  

The Equipment
We invite all participants to select their own backpacking equipment for the Thru Hike. Gear recommendations will be provided to participants by their assigned coach and by TRTA Staff. Participants also have the ability to rent gear from several places including REI or from the TRTA. More information related to equipment, gear and what to pack will be sent to participants in the final registration packet.

The Tahoe Backcountry and Wilderness
The TRT should be considered a harsh mountain environment! The Thru Hike group will stick together as a team, rely on good equipment, not exceed the abilities of the reasonably weakest link, and always exercise good judgment.

Important Note
Registration does NOT confirm a place in this program. All participants will be subject to a Medical History Review and Hiking Experience Survey to ensure that this demanding program is right for them. If the TRTA determines that this program is not right for the participant, a refund for program deposit fee (minus a $50 administrative fee) will be issued.
This event is located on National Forest Land.
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