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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
Begins: Jun 21, 2014
Date: Sun, Jul 13th, 2014
Trip Distance: 171.0
Entry Visits: 774
Journal Visits: 13,378
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Guestbook Entrys: 2
Impressions on the trail
Now that I've had 2 weeks to think about my trip, I thought I would post some of my impressions about hiking the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail. Tomorrow I'll post more about the logistics of hiking it. And for those that were wondering, I didn't catch any water related illnesses due to drinking untreated water for the 2nd half of the trail. I also would like to note that I hiked an extra 3.7 non TRT miles over the entire trip that aren't included in the mileage totals in the side column. The daily mileage is based on Blackwood Press' Tahoe Rim Trail Pocket Atlas which is a little different then the official mileage listed on the TRTA website.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is very scenic. Perhaps not as much as its more famous cousin (John Muir Trail) to the south, but more so then many trails of this length. The type of scenery is far more diverse than the JMT. In the Desolation Wilderness along the southwestern shore, you get the same exposed white granite mountains and lakes. But as you move north along the western shore, it changes to darker granite with soil and vegetation on the sheer mountains which didn't have the glaciers scrapping the soil away. Wild flowers are abundant in spring and small Aspen Groves give color in the Fall. The northern and eastern shore give frequent panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and some of the surrounding mountains of the Carson Range. The best scenery is found in the Desolation and Mt. Rose Wilderness areas on opposite sides of the lake. The worst is found along the southeastern side of the lake where the trail moves away from the lake. This isn't to say that the trail there is without views as there is still nice scenery. It's just in comparison to the rest of the trail, it seems a bit lacking. This is one of the reasons I started at Kingsbury Grade as I wanted to start with the worst scenery.
Of all long trails in the 150-250 mile range, this trail is probably the easiest trail to hike. The trail ranges between 6300-10,300ft with no large climbs at any single time (when hiked in the clockwise direction). Resupply is simple as you walk past resupply points about every 40 miles (more frequently if you don't mind hitch hiking). And you start and end at the same point so you don't need to worry about setting up a shuttle back to your car. If I had to recommend a long trail to introduce someone to long distance hiking with multiple resupplies that has a high reward and is easy to hike, I'd be hard pressed to come up with another trail to compare with the Tahoe Rim Trail.
I've posted 400 photos of my trip along the Tahoe Rim Trail HERE.
Tahoe Rim Trail - 2014
The Tahoe Rim Trail is a scenic 165-mile hiking trail that loops around Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. Join the TRTA to support this trail.
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