TRTA Annual Thru Hike Program

Anna Lijphart August 2016 Thru Hike Participant Web

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is proud to announce its 16th 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.

2017 Trip Dates

July 22nd - August 5th
July Application

August 26th - September 9th
August Application

We start accepting online applications January 25th at 10AM PST!
For more information, contact Lindsey at or call (775) 298-4491.

2017 Program Fee - $1,745 (a deposit of $500 is due upon applying)

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 TRTA invites participants with prior backpacking experience to apply 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 overestimated. It is critical that participants are well-prepared for this expedition through proper training, nutrition and self-care.  The program binder given to 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.
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 in their duffel bag to Trail Angel stops around the trail so that participants can grab that fresh pair of socks they have been dreaming about.  

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 after the application process is complete.

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
Applying 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.


Check out this video made by a 2015 Thru Hiker

Another great video made by 2014 Thru Hiker #1659

First TRT Thru Hike article written in 2001!


"To be honest every day was very special. This hike changes you.
You learn a lot about what really matters in life and realize how little you need to be happy.
And that shower! Best in my life!”  

-2015 TRTA Thru Hike Participant


This event is located on National Forest Land.


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