Tahoe Rim Trail

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July 1-12, 2014

A 12-day, ~180 mile thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail with Stephanie and special guest appearances by Carlos, Alex, and Greg.

the trail
The TRT is a loop trail that traverses the mountains ringing beautiful Lake Tahoe.  The TRT Association lists the trail length as 165 miles, my map shows a total of 170 miles, and my GPS clocked in about 180 miles (give or take, depending on what app the file is viewed with). It crosses several roads, almost all of which have trailhead parking.  Based on our projected resupply needs, we decided to start the trail at the Mount Rose trailhead on the Nevada side of the lake, in the northeast corner.  From there we followed the trail clockwise through the mountains around the lake over the next 12 days and gradually made our way back to Mount Rose.

Total distance: 190.29 mi
Max elevation: 10427 ft
Min elevation: 6161 ft
Total climbing: 45492 ft

the days
Check out each segment for the details and pics of that day’s hike
Day 1: Mount Rose – Marlette Peak Camp, 14.8 miles
Day 2: Marlette Peak Camp – South Camp Peak, 16.5 miles
Day 3: South Camp Peak – Mott Canyon, 16.8 miles
Day 4: Mott Canyon – Saxon Creek, 16.5 miles
Day 5: Saxon Creek – Dardanelles Lake, 11.9 miles
Day 6: Dardanelles Lake – Ridge above Echo Summit, 13.8 miles
Day 7: Ridge above Echo Summit – Susie Lake, 15 miles
Day 8: Susie Lake – Richardson Lake, 18.6 miles
Day 9: Richardson Lake – Page Meadows, 20.2 miles
Day 10: Page Meadows – Watson Lake, 18.3 miles
Day 11: Watson Lake – Ridge near Mud Lake, 18.7 miles
Day 12: Ridge near Mud Lake – Mount Rose, 9.2 miles

the details
the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has everything you need including permit info and trail conditions.
the majority of the trail requires no permits or reservations, however a current California campfire permit and a Desolation Wilderness permit and are required.  If you’re doing a thru-hike, you won’t be counted in the quota for Desolation permit zones.
Blackwoods Press prints a great pocket atlas with elevation profiles, primitive campsite locations, and water sources.