Hike-a-thon for rim set
Traipsing under the volcanic buttes of Meiss Country on Sept. 16 will be more than just a walk in the park if you sign up for the Tahoe Rim Trail’s Hike-a-thon.
This year the trek takes participants on an 11-mile jaunt along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail between Carson Pass and Luther Pass. The event also serves as one of the nonprofit organization’s more significant fund-raising events.
“In the past, we’ve raised between $4,000 and $8,000,” said Rim Trail Associate Director Shannon Raborn. “It helps with all of the costs associated with the trail such as tool purchasing and tool repair. We also spend money on brochures for the trailhead, the newsletter and costs associated with organizing volunteers to do trail work.”
The event usually draws around 50 to 60 hikers, Raborn said. Each hiker must raise $110.
“There’s a variety of ways they can raise the money,” Raborn said. “They can write a check and sponsor themselves or they can get sponsors from the community who will give them a flat rate for participating or give them a certain amount of money for each mile they walk.”
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association began building the 150-mile loop that tours the tops of Tahoe’s peaks in 1984. About seven miles of trail need to be finished along the Lake Tahoe Basin’s North Shore before the ends are connected into a continuous loop of sprawling scenic views of Lake Tahoe and sweeping vistas of the Nevada desert. When it finally makes a circle, the Association’s work will be far from finished as maintenance on the rugged path will be never-ending.
For some of the organization’s members, September’s fund-raising hike is a way to be active without swinging a pick axe.
“I’ve always been interested in the Tahoe Rim Trail but they do pretty hard work – they move boulders and use chainsaws, that’s why I don’t go,” Zephyr Cove resident Ginny Thornton said. “But I try to contribute by participating in the hike-a-thon and fund raising. Whatever I can do.”
A member since 1992, Thornton, 62, said this is her third hike-a-thon. Each one has taken her to a different portion of the 143-miles of trail that encircle the basin’s crest.
“It’s a lot of fun – you meet new people and they take you to a different part of the Rim Trail each year,” she said.
Sept. 11 is the deadline to sign up for the hike-a-thon, which includes lunch at Dardanelles Lake and a shuttle ride to the trailhead. Call the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at (775) 588-0686.
Who: Tahoe Rim Trail Association
What: Hike-a-thon fund-raiser
When: Sept. 16, sign up deadline Sept. 11
Where: Carson Pass to Big Meadows Trailhead
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Post Office Box 4647
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