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Special event at Echo Summit on August 25 celebrates National Trails and U.S. Olympic Training Site

Contact(s): Jennifer Chapman, 530 957-9660

Photo of forested hill side

The public is invited to Get Outdoors at Echo Summit, a special event on August 25 to celebrate the National Trails System and a high-elevation Olympic training center which were both established in 1968. The event will be held at Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, information displays and guided hiking opportunities. Registration is required for this FREE event. Space is limited to 150 participants. No food will be provided. For event details and to register online, visit: 


Echo Summit, a mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada, is a California Historical Landmark where the 1968 U.S. Olympic men's track and field trials broke four world records.The three national trails that cross Echo Summit have also involved extraordinary tests of physical endurance -- the California Emigrant Trail, the Pony Express Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. 

"The National Trail System was part of Lyndon B. Johnson's conservation vision," said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "President Johnson recognized the need for equal access to the outdoors and the benefits of physical fitness by calling for a cooperative program to build up thousands of miles of trails in our National Forests and Parks. We are very fortunate to have dedicated partners and volunteers who help maintain these trails and educate others about their importance." 

Representatives from the Oregon-California Trail Association, the Pony Express Association, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association will highlight the history of the trails with guest speakers and information displays. There will also be a reading from "The Track in the Forest" by Sacramento author Bob Burns about the 1968 Olympic training that took place at Echo Summit.

The Eldorado National Forest Interpretive Association, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the El Dorado Backcountry Ski Patrol, and the Eldorado National Forest will also have information displays at the Get Outdoors Echo Summit event.

Participants who plan to hike after the presentation should bring food, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and sturdy shoes. 


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