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Hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers several free guided hikes with opportunities to explore areas with wildflowers, bird watching and opportunity to reach the Mount Rose Summit.

Take a guided hike to Echo Lakes: Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail on the southern portion of Desolation Wilderness along Lower and Upper Echo Lakes. Climb towards Haypress Meadows to discover what wildflowers the heavy snows delivered. Dip down to Lake of the Woods for lunch before the return hike back. Space is limited, register in advance only and no dogs on this hike. Hike is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28. Total distance is 10 miles and the difficulty is moderate.

Take a guided hike to view birds: The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Lahontan Audubon Society are sponsoring this moderately difficult hike from the Mount Rose Trailhead to Galena Falls in search of late summer birds and spectacular scenery from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15. Take time to enjoy the birds and soak in views before arriving at Galena Falls and the surrounding alpine meadows. Possible avian participants are Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and MacGillivray’s Warbler. Please register in advance for this hike with a moderate difficulty level by calling the TRTA office. Space on this hike is limited.

Take a guided hike of Mount Rose Summit: Hike a ridge on the foot of Mt. Haughton to gain 200 feet in the first half mile, then cross that ridge to traverse for the next two miles with a zero elevation gain on the Aug. 29 hike to Mount Rose Summit. Along the way are great views of Lake Tahoe initially, and then the destination begins to dominate the vista. The final two and one-half miles to the summit is interrupted by only a few switch backs along the way up the more than 1,700 feet to the top of this old volcano. Please register in advance for this hike as space is limited. Please, no pets on this hike. The distance of the hike is 10.5 miles, the difficulty level is strenuous and the hike is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information about the hikes or to sign-up call the TRTA office at (775) 298-0238 or e-mail programs@tahoerimtrail.org.