Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosting several events for National Trails Day
June 1, 2017
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is teaming up with several other groups to offer opportunities to get outside and get involved as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and TRTA are co-hosting a trails celebration at Spooner Lake State Park, located .25 miles north of U.S. 50 on Nevada Route 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will include: educational booths, talks relating to the outdoors, free gear demos, workshops, raffles and pictures with the TRTA mascot, McLeod the Marmot. Participants can sample backpacker's cuisine, perform stove demos,take a guided hike, or pack shakedowns and water sugar pine seedlings. Attendees can also test their rock shaping skills, fix a flat tire, read a map, take a guided hike and learn about trail building.
As part of the celebration, a park ranger will be leading a 2-mile guided hike around Spooner Lake. Bring water and wear sturdy boots. Entry fees to the park are waived for the event.
Near Galena Regional Park off Mount Rose Highway, TRTA will partner with the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and Biggest Little Trail Stewardship to host a maintenance day on the Thomas Creek Trail from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required and interested parties may complete registration at ntd-reno.eventbrite.com. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. Tools, hard hats, snacks and a burrito lunch with drinks will be provided.
Visit tahoerimtrail.org for more information about both events.
Farther off the hill, Carson Valley Trails Association will host its own events for National Trails Day at the Fay-Luther Trail in Gardnerville and the Bently Heritage Trail in Minden. The Fay-Luther event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, where participants can take a self-guided hike and learn about Carson's natural history from experts. The Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will provide education on the trail areas. Historians from the Douglas County Historical Society will be present to give background information on Fay-Luther Canyon. Local geologists will explain how the Carson Valley was formed. The Nevada Department of Wildlife will inform attendees about wildlife that lives in the Carson Valley and the UNR Cooperative Division will discuss plant life around the area.
The Bently Heritage trail event will be presented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and will include a 7:30 a.m. 3, 5, or 6-mile guided trail hike hosted by CVTA. Later, there will be a 9 a.m. trail reopening and renaming. A guided hike will take place after the ceremony. No advance registration is required for these events; however, participants must register on site and sign a waiver of liability. Those ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Complimentary snacks and water will be provided as well as CVTA merchandise and membership information.
National Trails Day is a national effort by the American Hiking Society to connect more people to tails. Visit to find more events near you.