Dogs get their own special day on the Tahoe Rim Trail
“Who Let the Dogs Out” is an unforgettable song, even if you want to forget it.
An event with the same name and offered by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association will prove to be an unforgettable experience for hikers and their canine companions this Saturday.
This is the second year the organization has celebrated fall’s arrival by bringing dogs and their owners together.
Beginning at the Tahoe Meadows Ophir Creek trailhead just north of Incline Village, the hike will be 2.1 miles.
“It is set to be fun without any pushing to go fast,” said Teresa Crimmens, TRTA’s director of trail operations.
While the pace will be leisurely and path is flat, Crimmens did point out the hike will start at an elevation of almost 9,000 feet.
Dogs must be leashed during the first mile while on land governed by the United States Forest Service.
Owners are also asked to bring a water bowl and water so dogs can remain hydrated.
Another important items are bags to handle the animals’ excrement.
Nothing is left as evidence of use says Crimmens of the 165-mile single-track multi-use trail that circles Lake Tahoe in both California and Nevada.
The trail is maintained by a mostly volunteer staff that routinely clears, builds and guides others during yearlong hikes. People interested in assisting the organization, in a variety of ways, are urged to contact them.
Some might worry about close encounters with wildlife, namely bears, whose natural environs cross the trail.
“This is a well-traveled trail, and with so many people using it seeing a bear is rare,” Crimmens said.
She said bears have been observed running in the opposite direction from a barking dog. She advised in order to maintain safety that the hikers and their animals should not venture off the trail.
Another perk about hitting the trails with Fido during this free event is the doggie swag being given to them by Natural Paws of Reno. It will contain items like snacks to keep energy levels high.
Participants are allowed to bring a maximum of two dogs each and registration must occur online at the TRTA’s website.
Hiking with a favorite four-legged friend is a treat anytime. Hiking along the TRTA makes it a sweet treat without the calories.