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Coin marks 25 years for trail

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Marshall Mint in Virginia City is producing a limited edition Tahoe Rim Trail Silver Anniversary Coin.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a limited edition Tahoe Rim Trail Silver Anniversary Coin. Marshall Mint, headquartered in Virginia City, is producing the coins (only 165), which will retail for $165 and correspond with the loop trail’s 165-mile route. Coins are available for purchase through the TRTA.

“What better way to mark the organization’s silver anniversary than with a special silver coin,” said Mark Kimbrough, TRTA executive director. “It’s the perfect way to increase awareness, as well as help preserve the legacy of this national resource as all proceeds benefit the TRTA and our trail efforts.”

Steven Andersen, a graphic designer and president of the TRTA, designed the silver coin. Andersen, a big supporter of the trail and the first to hike the entire trail in 1998, created a special 25th anniversary logo as part of the yearlong celebration of TRTA’s existence. “I was excited to be asked to create the design for the coin,” Andersen said. ” I tried to incorporate 25 years of trail building and trail use in the design.”

The two-sided coin offers a variety of design features, including the TRTA’s 25th anniversary logo, a hiker, trail-building tools, and the association’s motto: “a trail like no other.” Those purchasing the coin will receive a certificate, which marks the coin’s number in the 165 production. The coins will also be sold at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the National Forest Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, off Highway 431 (the Mt. Rose Highway), on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

During the opening ceremonies, Andersen will present a State of the Trail address. There will be a special guided hike for children. Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Pacific Crest Trail will also give short presentations.

After the formal ceremony, attendees can take part in a six-mile loop hike that features Galena Falls (the most recently built section of the trail), as well as a 1.5-mile nature hike, 14-mile hike from Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road (shuttle provided) and a photography hike. A picnic lunch will be served, free to members and $2 for non-members. Reservations are required; call (775) 298-0012 or e-mail

For those interested in an intense physical challenge, the TRTA will host the 165-Mile Anniversary Hike led by Andersen, beginning Aug. 25, where participants will hike 165 miles in 11 consecutive days, averaging 18 miles most days and a 2,700-elevation change as a fundraiser for the TRTA. The hike is limited to 20. Each participant is asked to raise and donate $1,500 to assist the TRTA in its ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail. Special “Trail Angels” will support hikers by bringing personal supplies, food and water to each trailhead. Several of the meals will be catered.

“I led a similar hike in 2001 with 20 people and we had the best time ever. No doubt I’ll be saying the same thing about this hike,” Andersen said. With only a few spots remaining for the hike, register by calling Andersen at (775) 588-2603 or go to the Web site ( and register online.

After 20 years of work, the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop trail that runs along the ridges circling Lake Tahoe, was completed in September 2001. More than 10,000 volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service built the trail. It is open to hikers, equestrians, and on 60 percent of the trail for mountain bikers. An estimated 3,000 people use the trail each week during peak summer and fall months. The Tahoe Rim Trail is considered one of the nation’s most successful volunteer trail projects. Each year, more than 1,000 volunteers give more than 10,000 hours to the organization.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a nonprofit organization that builds, promotes and maintains the Tahoe Rim Trail, providing access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe Region. The association works in partnership with the US Forest Service and Nevada State Parks. The Tahoe Rim Trail Anniversary is a six-month long celebration from June through November and includes a variety of anniversary events and festivities.

To purchase anniversary coins or for more information about the Tahoe Rim Trail, 25th Anniversary Celebration and Adopt-a-Vista program, call (775) 298-0012, visit the main office at 948 Incline Way in Incline Village, or go to the Web site.

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