Fresh snow should make conditions primo for a late season high-alpine snowshoe, featuring some serious views. Should be sweet :)
NOT A BEGINNER SNOWSHOE....here are some expectations:
1---There will be no NO-SHOWS..... Please cancel if change plans!
2---planning on 6-7 miles round-trip (equivalent to about 10 miles on a dirt trail) and at LEAST 4.0 hours outside. At the MINIMUM, should be able to do 5 miles of snowshoeing (hike is an out and back, so we'll turn around and pick up anyone who can't quite do the whole thing) Please assess fitness level for this event.
3---Additionally, everyone should have enough warm clothes for cold, changeable weather at 9000 ft. Do not wish to turn the group around early, before our destination is reached.
4---All vehicles that we carpool in should have chains or all-wheel drive....highway officials LOVE to mandate chain controls even with the slightest snow.
5---PLAN ON DEPARTING BY 8:10 FROM THE PARK N RIDE----call if running late*****
--Hwy 50 approximately 76 miles to intersection with Hwy 89 South. Turn Rt.
--Take Hwy 89 til it ends at the T intersection at Hwy 88. Turn Rt (west).
--Go approximately 8.5 miles to top of pass, and Carson Pass trail-head parking is on your left (south side of Hwy 88---Elev. 8565) . If full, must travel an extra 300 yards to larger parking lot on your right and hike up the hill to the trailhead.
**WE WILL GATHER TOGETHER AT THE TRAIL-HEAD parking lot, NEXT TO THE RANGER HUT and the outhouse.
WHAT TO BRING: 1-2 liters water, waterproof pant shell, sunhat, sunscreen and lipbalm, lunch, warm clothes for layering (more is safer, as you can stick them in daypacks), warm gloves, snowcap, waterproof hiking boots or even warmer winter boots (two produce bags for each foot adds warmth and waterproofing), pain meds, snowshoes.
Optional: Gaiters, Camera, hiking poles, neck and/or head mask for very cold winds/temps.
Can be reached at 916 [masked] on this day...Alternate phone number is Andy, who is also attending this hike [masked])