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Tahoe Rim Trail to celebrate

The Tahoe Rim Trail will celebrate summer with its “Beginning of the Season Work Day” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 at a soon-to-be-completed portion of the trail off North Lake Tahoe’s State Route 267.

This season’s volunteers will be part of history as they help complete the final four miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 150-mile loop trail that runs along the ridges and mountaintops circling Lake Tahoe.

Participants should dress appropriately for trail building and wear work gloves, long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes. Volunteers also are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and clothing for changeable weather. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will provide hard hats and trail tools as well as a hearty barbecue lunch.

Through the summer and fall Tahoe Rim Trail Association trail crew leaders will guide volunteer crews in developing and maintaining the trail. The association also provides special workdays for businesses and organizations.

In addition, volunteers may attend a free two-day workshop to learn more about the process and technique of trail building and become a certified Tahoe Rim Trail builder. The session will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 and 24 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. On the first day participants will learn Tahoe Rim Trail construction specifications, trail water feature designs, safe tool use, USDA Forest Service trail requirements and crew leadership responsibilities. On the second day they will learn hands-on construction and maintenance techniques such as staking the route and finishing the surface on a portion of the loop trail. Building safety skills, first aid and emergency procedures also will be discussed.

After 20 years of work the Tahoe Rim Trail will officially open this fall. To celebrate the association will host an event titled “The 150-mile Celebration” Sept. 21, 22 and 23, which will include hiking, mountain biking and equestrian outings, evening reception, cocktail cruise and more.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is truly a trail like no other. Built by volunteers and a USDA Forest Service crew, the trail winds through states, six counties, three national forests, state parkland and three wilderness areas. It is open to hikers, equestrians, and in most areas, mountain bikers. An estimated 3,000 people use the trail each week during peak summer and fall months.

Founded in 1981, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a nonprofit organization that builds, promotes and maintains a rim trail system providing access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe Region. The association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and National State Parks.

To sign up for the workshop or for information regarding Work Day contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at (775) 588-0686 or visit tahoerimtrail@aol.com.

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