• Sept. 10 – Watson Lake to Tahoe City: This hike will start at the shallow Watson Lake and then follow the TRT as it meanders through groves of fir, cedar and aspen and across open hillsides covered with manzanita and tobacco bush. Midway, the terrain flattens and a denser forest provides cool, quiet shade. The trail continues past the Lava Cliffs with a lovely overlook of Lake Tahoe, the peaks lining its north shore and the Truckee River Canyon before descending steadily to Tahoe City through a mixed forest. Meet at the Tahoe City North Trailhead and carpool to Watson Lake. The hike starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes to 3 p.m. The distance is about 12 miles. Participants must be fit and able to easily hike 12 miles. Bring three liters of water, lunch and snacks. Dress in layers: A hat, sunscreen and hiking poles are encouraged.
• Sept. 12 – Diamond Peak: The route to Diamond Peak is mostly level as it travels south through forests of western white pine, lodgepole pine, red fir and Jeffrey pine. The high point of the hike is slightly above 8,800 feet while the destination is at 8,540 feet. After reaching the destination, hikers will turn around and head back to the start. Meet at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead and parking lot. The hike starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. It is about an eleven-mile hike and takes six to seven hours. Participants must be fit and able to easily hike 11 miles. Bring two liters of water, lunch and snacks. Dress in layers: A hat and sunscreen are recommended.
• Sept. 24 – Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road/Ponderosa: Between Tahoe Meadows (8,740 feet) and Spooner Summit (7,150 feet), the TRT roams high above sparkling Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake. The route is rich in historical reminders, skirting lakes and flumes built to supply water to distant miners on the Comstock. It traverses both dense forests that sprang up after clear-cutting a century ago, and ancient red fir stands spared by the axe because of their remoteness. Between the lush grasses of Tahoe Meadows and Tunnel Creek Road, the trail winds through rolling, wooded terrain and delights trail users with magnificent views of Lake Tahoe. Meet at Old Ponderosa on Highway 28 and Tunnel Creek Road (side of road); carpool to Tahoe Meadows. The hike begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The hike is about 12 miles. Participants must be fit and able to easily hike 12 miles. Bring three liters of water, lunch and snacks. Dress in layers: A hat, sunscreen and hiking poles are encouraged.
• Sept. 24 – Yoga in the Aspens: Join Emily Williams, local yoga instructor, for a fall hike through Page Meadows with a one-hour yoga lesson in the heart of the meadow. Space is limited, register in advance only. Please leave dogs at home for this hike, and do not forget a camera. Meet at the top of Silvertip Drive outside of Tahoe City, next to Page Meadows. This event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The hike is about four miles. Participants currently must be practicing yoga, although all levels are encouraged to attend. Bring water, layered clothing, snacks and a yoga mat.
• Sept. 26 – Who Let the Dogs Out? The TRTA is calling all pooches, pups and pedigrees to come play in the Tahoe Meadows. The dogs will lead the way on a gentle hike that follows the West Tahoe Meadows Loop System. The trail runs parallel to Ophir Creek Trail for one and a half miles and then loops back to the start. This is a great opportunity to socialize your dog and meet other dog owners. Good doggies will get a special treat at the end of the hike. Meet at West Tahoe Meadows on Mt. Rose Highway one and a half miles below Mt. Rose Welcome Plaza and three-quarters of a mile below the Tahoe Rim Trailhead. The meeting place is on the highway, not in the Tahoe Meadows parking lot. This hike starts at noon and ends at 2 p.m. The hike is a three-mile loop. Leashes are required at the trailhead and each owner is responsible for his or her dog’s behavior.
Pre-registration is required for all hikes. For more information or to signup for these hikes, call the TRTA office at 298-0012, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tahoerimtrail.org.