"The completion of the Tahoe Rim Trail has provided hikers, backpackers, equestrians and mountain bikers with a treasure so precious that it's hard to imagine that they?ve gotten along without the TRT for so long. The section described here, running through Nevada along the east and north edges of Lake Tahoe, offers an abundance of some of the most magnificent views anywhere around the lake. No other section of the TRT stays so close to the crest for so long, allowing numerous bird's-eye views of both the Tahoe basin on one side and the Great Basin on the other. Early to midsummer wildflower displays provide an added bonus. You?re apt to encounter a lot fewer people on this section of the TRT as well, especially in comparison to the extremely popular backcountry across the lake. The Carson Range, being east of the Sierra crest, receives half the amount of annual precipitation that falls on the west side of Lake Tahoe, a mere 15 miles away. Combined with the porous volcanic soils common to the range, the lack of groundwater contributes in part to the sparse forest that allows all those views. Trail users along this stretch of the TRT will face long, dry stretches where water may be hard to obtain, especially as the warm season progresses. An overall lack of water isn?t the only concern for backpackers, as decent campsites are also at a premium. These problems aside, a backpack along the Nevada section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is a worthwhile undertaking. With two major highways traversing the range, shortening the route or completing it in sections are viable alternatives. The incomparable views, vibrant wildflower displays, and high potential for solitude provide the necessary ingredients for a fine adventure."