Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail Aug-Sept

Posted on August 10, 2015
Filed Under Mountaineering

Enjoy birds, fall colors, big forests of Sugar Pine and breathtaking views during free guided hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail during August and September.

Bring your binoculars to learn more about the Mountain Bluebird, Red-Breasted Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Pine Grosbeak, as you stroll through flower-covered alpine meadows.

Aug. 11 – Who Let the Dogs Out? Hike to Big Meadow

Distance: 2-3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Join us for this fur friendly hike in scenic Big Meadow! This is a great opportunity to let your dog out and socialize with other pups and learn about a good spot on the TRT for hiking with your dog. Please be sure to practice Leave No Trace on this hike and bring sufficient water, doggy doo bags and a leash (just in case). There will be a slight elevation gain of 500’. Please Note: Only well behaved dogs that are socialized can participate on this hike

Sugar Pine Foundation hikeAug. 22 – Sugar Pine Foundation Hike to Benwood Meadow

Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Description: The TRTA and Sugar Pine Foundation are teaming up for this morning of education and fun! We will begin our trek at Echo Summit and travel south along the Tahoe Rim and Pacific Crest Trails to Benwood Meadow. We’ll discuss the rate of the magnificent Sugar Pine and what individuals are doing to help the species persevere for future generations.

Sept. 4 – Birding Hike with Naturalist Scott Dietrich

Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Description: Join us for a morning of birding in the meadows this fall and discover some of the amazing birds found on the Tahoe Rim Trail. This fairly easy hike will begin with a short climb up to a riparian area where you will see birds such as Wilson’s Warbler, MacGillivray Warbler, Wood Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Hairy Woodpecker, and others. While at Big Meadows you will enjoy other birds such as Lincoln’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dusky Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Cassin’s Finch, Rufous Hummingbird and Red-Breasted Sapsucker.

Sept. 13 – Fall Migration Hike with Tahoe Institute of Natural Sciences

Distance: 1-2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Description: The Tahoe Institute of Natural Sciences (TINS), Lahontan Audubon Society (LAS) and Tahoe Rim Trail Association are co-sponsoring this easy stroll at Spooner Lake to search for migrant birds heading south for the winter. We will search the aspen stand, willows, and the lake for any migrants and local birds, such as Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers, White-crowned Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhees, Ring-necked Ducks, and Red-breasted Sapsuckers.

Sept. 26 – Full Moon Hike to Brockway Vista

Distance: 2-3 miles

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: Experience the beauty that fall offers in Lake Tahoe on this full moon hike. We will begin our trek watching the sunset and the moon rise as we hike up to a stunning vista that will wind through a beautiful wooded forest. Expect a casually paced hike for all ages. Don’t worry; we’ll have headlamps on standby!

Oct. 3 – Fall Color Photography Hike

Mileage: 6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: Join us on an exploration of fall beauty in Lake Tahoe and don’t forget your camera! We will begin our morning trek at Mt. Rose Summit and head to the stunning Galena Falls. Once at the saddle, there will be incredible views of a nearby meadow posing those amazing fall colors. Don’t miss out!

For further details on what to bring and other dates and locations, visit the Tahoe Rim Trail Association website at

For more information about the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, call (775) 298-0012 or visit The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization, which works to maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and inspire stewardship and promote access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe Region. The Association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks.


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