Experience the Unparalleled Beauty of Lake Tahoe and Its Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world's premier trails-for good reason. It winds completely around spectacular Lake Tahoe, the highest and largest alpine lake in North America. Along the way, the trail takes you through wilderness areas, national forests, and state parks. The combination of pristine lake and mountain vistas creates breathtaking scenery unlike anywhere else on the planet. This area along the border of California and Nevada is truly an outdoors-adventure paradise.
Whether you're traveling on foot, mountain bike, or horseback, the most important part of your trip is planning it. Put Tahoe resident Tim Hauserman's experience as a longtime hiker and outdoors guide to use. With this book, you can hike, bike, or ride along the peaks and valleys of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Safely traverse a landscape that's rich in history, and enjoy the incredible diversity of geology, flora, and fauna.
Tahoe Rim Trail presents the entire 165-mile trail (and dozens of side trips), divided into 8 sections. Each entry includes information on difficulty, trail highlights, driving directions, and more. The in-depth descriptions help you know what to expect, while the trail maps ensure that you know where you are and where you're going. You'll appreciate the hundreds of tips for planning your excursion, whether it's a day hike or a backpacking adventure. Plus, there's plenty of specific details for mountain bikers, equestrians, and anglers. This is the guide you need to plan your next outing; it's endorsed by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
Tim Hauserman wrote Tahoe Rim Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians; as well as Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children; Cross-Country Skiing in the Sierra Nevada; and the children's book Gertrude's Tahoe Adventures in Time. For most of the year, his focus is on writing articles on travel, recreation, and inspiring people for a variety of publications-and, of course, hiking, road and mountain biking, and kayaking. Once the snow flies, he teaches cross-country skiing and runs the Strider Glider after-school program at Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in his hometown of Tahoe City, California.
Foreword (by Mary Bennington, Tahoe Rim Trail Association)
1. Introduction to the Tahoe Area and the Tahoe Rim
2. Animals and Plants, Great and Small
3. Let's All Get Along: A Trail for Everyone
4. Weather, Water, and When to Go
5. Fun for All and All for Fun: A User's Guide to the Tahoe Rim Trail
6. Trail Description
- Map Legend
- Section 1: Tahoe City to Brockway Summit
- Section 2: Brockway Summit to Mount Rose Trailhead
- Section 3: Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit
- Section 4: Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade
- Section 5: Kingsbury Grade to Big Meadow
- Section 6: Big Meadow Trailhead to Echo Summit and Echo Lake
- Section 7: Echo Summit and Echo Lake to Barker Pass
- Section 8: Barker Pass to Tahoe City
7. Other Tahoe Area Attractions and Activities
Appendix A: Resources and Amenities
Appendix B: Mileages for the Tahoe Rim Trail
Appendix C: Tim's Top 5 Places on the Trail
Appendix D: Ways to Save Lake Tahoe
About the Author