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Snowshoeing Through Tunnels & Sheds w/ Potluck Overlooking Donner Lake

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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OK Guys, Let's hope for some snow!

PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN GO IF YOU SIGN UP, AS THIS TRIP REQUIRES A LOT OF LOGISTICS.

This was shot at the entrance to the first tunnel.

Not sure the scenery gets much better than what you'll take in on this hike!

Never snowshoed before?  Then you definitely don't want to miss this one.

The tunnels are frozen inside w/ beautiful ice formations like you haven't seen before.  Some tunnels are lit w/ shafts of light, while others are lit only by our headlamps and flashlights.  The floors of the tunnels are like icefields which make this one exciting hike!  The views outside the tunnels are just incredible.  You'll see the mighty Sierras and eventually Donner Lake, where we'll have lunch.

 

This is our view at lunch.

This is not your typical hike, nor are the views at all typical.  I can assure you this will be an amazing adventure you will never forget.

The hike is about 6 miles and is flat  -  I'll call it moderate because we're in snowshoes on both snow and ice.  This will be an all day trip, and you'll be hungry from burning calories all day so For those who want to, we'll have dinner in Old Town Auburn.

You can reserve your snowshoes w/ poles at any REI  for $27 to pick up the day before (Friday).  Equipment is due back in at REI on Monday - perfect deal.  I don't use poles, though most people like them.



What To Bring:

Vino! and cups

Ski gloves

Waterproof Boots - (I wear my hiking boots)

Daypack with snacks, food (lunch) and vino w/ cups!

Warm layered clothes &  plastic tarp or blanket to sit on at lunch

Head warmer (hat, knit hat, hood, etc.)

Headlamp or flashlight

Water at least 1 liter

Camera - You'll have many, many, unique pictures to show your friends

Sense of Adventure and Merriment!

$5 activity fee

Cash for gas and parking - aprox $15/person for gas

Everyone coming from The Bay Area will meet at Round Table Pizza in Vacaville at 7:00am.

888 Alamo Dr, Vacaville

I WILL MEET YOU THERE.

DIRECTIONS:
Exit I 80 at Alamo/Merchant - as the ramp splits continue straight and you'll go up and over the hwy.  Getting into the left lane (before coming down the other side) you'll turn left on Merchant (as if you were getting back on I 80 heading west), you'll immediately see Round Table on your right.  Turn into the parking lot and we'll meet there.


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Need I mention your sense of humour is required?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Been looking forward to this event. Thinking there should be snow in the area after our recent weather but just want to may sure this meet up is still on before we go and rent our snowshoes. Also what are the plans for driving to the hike site ? We would prefer to drive our own vehicle, or even make a weekend of it and stay in the area. Thanks

    February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might catch a ride with someone going from the meet up point (Pizza Hut) to the hike start point, since my car has no snow driving capability. We'll see. I can of course get to the Pizza Hut location no problem. I'm staying over Friday night at the Hampton Inn in Vacaville, since I'll be driving up from Burlingame.

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meant to say Round Table.

      February 19, 2014

  • Chas

    I've received questions about whether or not this trip is happening because some of the sites have very few signups. There are currently 70+ people signed up, so no worries. If you check my vino grp I've posted a weather update. See you Sat.

    February 17, 2014

    • A former member
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      February 17, 2014

    • Chas

      Here you go, Kim.. http://www.meetup.com...­

      February 17, 2014

  • Chas

    Yes the hike is still on. I'm getting shoes from REI also.
    See everyone in Vacaville!

    February 15, 2014

  • Christy

    So excited to go snowshoeing again. It's been a long time. I'm also looking forward to meeting new people.

    February 2, 2014

  • Ben

    What time are we expecting to return to Vacaville?

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Chas, Will access to this site require any special "snow chains" or something like that for my car? I drive a "normal" car, not a truck or SUV, and I have no sort of snow tires or equipment for my car. Matt

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an adventure! Great idea for a meetup. I'll bring my emergency flask of klondike brandy. :)

    January 16, 2014

    • Chas

      Right on, dude!

      January 16, 2014

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