FREE Guided Hikes around Lake Tahoe

Hiking season has arrived and Reno Tahoe is home to one of the most pristine trails in the world – the Tahoe Rim Trail. And there’s no better way to explore the wonders of the 165-mile route than to join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association on a FREE guided tour. With hikes ranging from 2 miles to 16-mile overnight excursions, there’s something for everybody, no matter your experience. Discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe.

runnerThursday, June 28 & Saturday, July 21 – Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports Pack Testing Trek (6.5 miles) – Are you in the market for a new pack? Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports are sponsoring this fun gear-testing trek. Demo packs of all shapes and sizes; from small, light hydration haulers to daypacks and expedition size packs. Travel from the Mt. Rose trailhead to Galena Falls where the wildflowers are in full bloom and enjoy a sponsored snack, pack fitting discussion and photo opportunities before returning to the trailhead. All participants will receive a cool piece of gear from Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports!


Friday, July 6 – Van Sickle Family Friday Hike (2.2 miles) – The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are sponsoring this fun, family friendly interpretive hike each Friday in July. Participants will enjoy interesting facts about the history, flora and fauna of Van Sickle State Park and Tahoe. This is the perfect hike for families.

Additional hikes are scheduled for:

  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27

Friday, July 6 – Tahoe Mountain Sports Leave No Trace Sunset Family Hike (3 miles) – Tahoe Mountain Sports, the Leave No Trace Center for Ethics and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are teaming up for a fun and educational hike that will include interactive Leave No Trace activities, night hike games and prizes for the entire family. Tahoe Mountain Sports will also provide a variety of headlamps to demo. Bring your dinner for a sunset picnic on a ridge overlooking lovely Lake Tahoe!

Tuesday, July 17 – Hawley Grade History Hike (6 miles) – Journey into the past and explore a portion of the original trans-Sierra emigrant route and Pony Express trail through the Sierra.  Learn a little of the history of the early settlers as you hike from the Tahoe Valley floor near Meyers and climb to the junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail just past Echo Pass.

Saturday, July 21 – Big Meadow to Echo Summit Backpack (about 8 miles/day) – Complete a beautiful segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail on this overnight backpack trip led by experienced guides. Beginning at Big Meadow trailhead, this hike will follow a scenic journey through wildflower covered meadows and past the shady shores of Round Lake. Participants will enjoy an overnight camp at picture perfect Showers Lake. Hikers must be in very good physical shape and able to carry a backpack weighing 25-35lbs plus some group supplies.

Monday, July 30 – PCT Travels the TRT (7 miles) – The Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail share more than 20 miles in Desolation Wilderness. Hike the rocky terrain of both trails to Lake Aloha from the Upper Echo Lake, where you will ride a water taxi. Lake Aloha has a unique landscape with windblown trees and small flat, rock islands. Enjoy snacks and lunch on the rocky shores of Lake Aloha before returning to the Echo Chalet. Fees: $20 cash for water taxi/person, as well as cash for ice cream and a cold drink at Echo Chalet after the hike.

Be sure to register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Jaime at

For more summer adventures on the endless trails in Reno Tahoe, check out our hiking page.

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