Work where you hike: Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s trail work days set to reroute section near Mott Canyon |

Work where you hike: Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s trail work days set to reroute section near Mott Canyon

Anthony Gentile
Volunteers work at Tahoe Meadows on the North Shore during Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s Frontcountry Camp in late July. Work days are scheduled throughout August on the South Shore to reroute sections of the trail near Mott Canyon.
Courtesy / Tahoe Rim Trail Association |

Those that enjoy hiking, riding and biking the Tahoe Rim Trail can give back to the 165-mile singletrack and help build it as summer comes to a close. Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s trail work days are scheduled three times a week in August, all dedicated to rerouting the South Shore section near Mott Canyon.

“It’s totally possible for people to be a part of the solution,” said Maggie Brandenburg, TRTA’s outdoor and youth programs manager. “We always have projects going on and we love to see people giving back to the trail that they hike on all the time, know and love.”

The Mott Canyon reroute began Thursday, Aug. 4, and is scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Tuesday, Aug. 30, with additional work days scheduled Sept. 8 and 10. The capacity for each session is 10 people, and those interested can sign up on the Rim Trail Association’s website — volunteers head out from Kingsbury South near Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Stagecoach parking lot.

“We’re taking the trail off of this crazy dirt road that goes straight up the mountain, and making this really nice singletrack, gradual grade,” Brandenburg said. “It’s a really cool opportunity to give back and see what’s going on on the Rim Trail.”

“It’s totally possible for people to be a part of the solution.”Maggie BrandenburgTahoe Rim Trail Association

For the sessions that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., TRTA provides crew leaders and a safety briefing along with hard hats, tools and extra gloves. Volunteers will be turned away if they aren’t wearing a long-sleeve shirt and pants, and are asked to bring water, food, substantial closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses or eye protection and work gloves.

“We’d love to see people coming out and volunteering with us — helping build and maintain trails,” Brandenburg said.


As far as hiking goes, it’s possible to complete the 165-mile trail that loops around Lake Tahoe in one shot — but most prefer to break it up. The Rim Trail Association has broken the trail into 14 day hikes around the lake, ranging in distance from 5-20 miles — and Brandenburg said each segment is easy to get into and out of.

“The nice thing about [Tahoe Rim Trail] being a loop around the lake is that you’re never really that far from civilization — from where you’re driving to, where you live, medical help or resupplying,” Brandenburg said.

The association’s Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is one way to explore the uniqueness of the trail during spring, summer and fall. In its fourth year, the 2016 edition features self-guided hikes from six TRT trailheads that lead to distinct destinations and range from 2-12 miles.

“They all have cool views and you’re always seeing the lake from different angles,” Brandenburg said. “If you know that you’re capable of going for it, then go for it.”

For more information about the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the trail itself, visit

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