Into the Wild - Page 7
MY GEAR LIST
- Plain, old ball cap
- Smith Pivlock V90 sunglasses
- The North Face wicking t-shirt
- Opedix CORE-Tec shorts
- Injinji Trail 2.0 Midweight Micro socks
- Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes
- Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles
In my backpack
- Osprey Talon 33 backpack
- Integral Designs Siltarp2 tarp
- Montbell U.L. Super Spiral Down
- Hugger #5 sleeping bag
- The North Face RDT rain jacket
- Mountain Hardwear ultralight down jacket
- Under Armour tights
- Spare pair of Injinji socks
- Jetboil Flash stove and one fuel canister
- Light My Fire spork
- BearVault BV500 bear can
- Water bottles from a gas station
- Aquamira water-purification chemicals
- Ultralight headlamp
- Tom Harrison Lake Tahoe & Tahoe
- Rim Trail Recreation Map
- Roughly 15,000 calories of food
- Bag of toiletries and medical supplies
Trailhead - Tahoe Rim Trail, CA
The nearest airport is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. You can get to Truckee, within about 15 miles of the TRT, by Greyhound bus or Amtrak train.
The TRT crosses eight paved roads. Any of them makes a great starting/ending point. Study the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s website (tahoerimtrail.org) as well as The Tahoe Rim Trail: A Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians, by Tim Hauserman, to plan a trip. On the trail, use the Tom Harrison Lake Tahoe & Tahoe Rim Trail Recreation Map.
Water is plentiful on the west and south sides of the lake, and sparse on the east and north sides. Do your research and bring enough water-carrying capacity to get you through the dry stretches. Filter or purify all water.
You’ll need a permit from the Eldorado National Forest for travel through its Desolation Wilderness. There’s a quota for entry, but TRT thru-hikers are not subject to it. The cost is $5 per person for one night, and $10 per person for two to 14 nights. You’ll also need a California Campfire Permit from the Eldorado National Forest to use a camp stove. Campfires are never permitted in the Desolation Wilderness, and they are banned on the rest of the TRT for much of the summer during high fire danger.
While you can hypothetically hitch to a town from any road crossing, you’ll pass convenient restocking opportunities. Tahoe City has restaurants, grocery stores and a post office. The Echo Chalet, located on the east end of Echo Lake, has a post office, a teensy grocery store and a café with sandwiches and ice cream. About a mile away from the South Kingsbury Trailhead is a convenience store and bar/grill called the Fox & Hound.
This story originally appeared in our January 2014 issue.