A Tahoe Rim Trail Tradition

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a Backcountry Camp and experience the fun, food, and satisfaction that keep our volunteers coming back year after year. We’ve been hosting BCCs for over 25 years and have a blast every time. It’s tradition here at the TRTA and a great way to meet new people, work up a sweat, enjoy a few nights out under the stars, and show your appreciation and support for the Tahoe Rim Trail. Take a mini volunteer vacation with us!

 

Interested in cooking for a backcountry trail crew?

See our Backcountry Camp Chef volunteer page for more information.

 

What To Expect

This year volunteers will arrive the first night for an orientation to the work camp, dinner and a chance to get to know the Crew Leaders and other volunteers. For the next three mornings we’ll wake up around 7:00 AM and enjoy a delicious, hot, freshly prepared breakfast before getting our gear together before a morning briefing and departing for the work site. We’ll work from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a big break for lunch and plenty of water breaks to beat the heat. A prepared snack will await us on our return to camp followed by dinner, great company, games, or whatever else suits your fancy before turning in. On the final day of camp we’ll break down tents before work in the morning and knock off early in the afternoon to give everyone plenty of time to get home.

What To Bring

All volunteers will need to dress properly for each day of work including long sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. You should also bring containers for at least 3 liters of water, sunglasses or other eye protection, sunscreen, any medications, camping gear, and other equipment to be comfortable in camp. Don’t have the all the fancy stuff? Just let us know, we have gear to loan out. The TRTA provides the rest, including cooking and kitchen gear, chefs, safety equipment such as hard hats and gloves, tools and experienced crew leaders.

Who To Bring

The whole family is welcome! Children can participate in volunteer workdays so long as they are able to understand and abide by TRTA safety precautions. Adults that bring youth participants are responsible for their supervision at all times. In addition, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Any volunteer under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign a Parent/Guardian Permission Form
  • Responsible volunteers age 16 and older can participate in trailwork without an adult chaperone
  • For volunteers over 12 years of age, there should be at least one adult for every 4-5 youth participants
  • For volunteers under 12 years of age, there should be one adult for every youth participant

2017 Backcountry Camps

We need volunteers for 2017!

We have a job for everyone at our Backcountry Camps.

Mott Canyon August 17th – 20th

Join the TRTA as we construct a key reroute at Mott Canyon where the trail crosses through Heavenly Mountain Resort. We’ll meet in the evening of August 17 to park our vehicles at the Stagecoach Lot at the Kingsbury South Trailhead and caravan in 4x4s  to access our camp location. Starting the next morning the trailbuilding work begins and will run the gamut from simple side-hill benching in soft soil to technical rock construction. There will be a short car shuttle and up to a mile of hiking required to reach the work site each day. We will work full days Friday August 18, Saturday August 19, and most of the day Sunday August 20. We will be hosting between 20 and 30 volunteers and will be serving square (and delicious) meals from dinner on the 17th through lunch on the 20th. Enjoy fantastic views of the Carson Valley during lunch breaks and while on the job.

Please note! Our camp and work site are at high elevation, approximately 8500 feet. If you will be traveling from low elevations or are not accustomed to strenuous activity at high elevation we recommend you arrive in the Tahoe area several days in advance to acclimate to local conditions.

Mott Canyon September 1st – 4th

Join the TRTA for Labor Day weekend as we construct a key reroute at Mott Canyon where the trail crosses through Heavenly Mountain Resort. We’ll meet in the evening of September 1 to park our vehicles at the Stagecoach Lot at the Kingsbury South Trailhead and caravan in 4x4s  to access our camp location. Starting the next morning the trailbuilding work begins and will run the gamut from simple side-hill benching in soft soil to technical rock construction. There will be a short car shuttle and up to a mile of hiking required to reach the work site each day. We will work full days Saturday September 2, Sunday September 3, and most of the day Monday September 4. We will be hosting between 20 and 30 volunteers and will be serving square (and delicious) meals from dinner on the 1st through lunch on the 4th. Enjoy fantastic views of the Carson Valley during lunch breaks and while on the job.

Please note! Our camp and work site are at high elevation, approximately 8500 feet. If you will be traveling from low elevations or are not accustomed to strenuous activity at high elevation we recommend you arrive in the Tahoe area several days in advance to acclimate to local conditions.

Thank you to our generous project sponsors!

Questions? Please call us at 775.298.4485.