Petra Keller and her horse Red, a Nevada Mustang, ride a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail during the June 2014 Historic Pony Express Re-Ride. Credit: Tahoe Rim Trail Association
NC is a proud 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge Sponsor!
We join a phenomenal group of sponsors including NV Energy, CA Technologies, REI, Desert Research Institute, KPS3, KOLO8 News Now, Wells Fargo, Hometown Health, Sunshine Tahoe, Squeeze In, Tahoe Trail Bar, Coffeebar, North American Embroidery, YESCO Outdoor Media, Spin Games and Tahoe Mountain Sports.
TAHOE RIM TRAIL CHALLENGE
Did you know that every year the National Pony Express Association conducts a re-ride of the historic 1,800 mile Pony Express Trail? It's true! More than 600 equestrians ride the original route carrying mail along the trail.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Grass Lake trail head (off of Hwy 89 in Meyers, CA near Big Meadow visitors) residents and Tahoe Rim Trail Challengers are invited to join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a fun trail event centered around the Pony Express and the trail’s historic claim to the Sierra and the Tahoe Rim Trail.
“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Tahoe Rim Trail and the historic Pony Express Trail," shares Petra Keller, a member of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Board of Directors. Ranked among the most remarkable feats of the American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to Nov. 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, MO and San Francisco, CA. Telegrams and letters were carried in a “mochila,” the Spanish word for knapsack. Re-riders from the National Pony Express Association will have a mochila on the trail for viewing as it represents the heart of the Pony Express. While other riders carried mail by horseback, it was the mochila, easily transferrable from one horse to another, that made the Pony Express unique. Since the riders had just two minutes to exchange horses, the mochila design allowed for easy and quick removal and placement on a fresh horse at Remount Stations.
Tahoe Rim Trail Association board, staff and volunteers will be stationed at the Grass Lake trail head from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ready to meet the public. This event runs in conjunction with the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, “Where’s McLeod? Summer Giveaway Series.” Participants of the challenge who come to the event wearing their Trail Challenge T-shirt are eligible to receive a free gift certificate from Coffeebar and photo opps with trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot.