Beginner Snow Shoe Hike: Heading out behind my cabin
Dec. 29, 2012
Please realize that you will be my invited quests up at my cabin owners associaiton. The roads where I live are private roads; I do this by inviting you in as my guests. I will provide parking passes for use when up here. I ask that you do full carpools, as I only have a limted number of parking passes, and only room in my driveway for my truck and one other vehicle.
This is the first event I have posted in months, as I have been getting over knee injuries (both knees).
Contact Person: Laura Woods
THIS IS A NON-SMOKING EVENT.
SIGN UPS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
Note: You should be able to hike about 5-6 miles comfortably to do this snowshoe hike. Snow shoeing is tougher than regular hiking.
Donations of a dolllar will be accepted, to be passed on to the Donner Land Trust. This group is active in getting lands preserved for hiking and building trails on them, in the Greater Truckee area.
Bring a snack or appetizer to share if you wish, back at my cabin after the hike. I supply hot chocolate and spiced apple cider.
Meeting Time 9 AM
You will self carpool as you will meet the event organizer at the trail head- my cabin home.
Leave from the carpool location at 9:15
Event time: about three hours out snowshoeing. Eating afterwards at my cabin home.
Anything else than light snow will cancel this event. No one ever wants to come up when chains are required (based on 5 years of running snow shoe hikes).
Make sure to bring winter appropriate clothing- not all your downhill ski gear like bibs and jackets. One gets really warm snowshoeing, just like one does when hiking. Best to bring layers, so you can peal them off as needed, and some type of lightweight water resistant jacket.
Essentials to bring:
-clothing- not cotton as cotton kills
ski poles -optional, they do help a with balance on steeper slopes
hat- like a ski cap or waterproof cap with a brim
sunglasses- YOU MUST HAVE SUNGLASSES- REQUIRED!!! Snow blindness is real.
snow shoes or leather boots well snow sealed, bring gaiters if you have them
warm, wool socks
small day pack
This is going to be a different type of trip as the hike will literally be outside my back door. I live in Kingvale (which is at 6200 feet and right off of 1-80) and can snowshoe right out my back door.
Length: 3 hours. The 10-15 minutes will be getting used to the gear. Note that I got the feel of the snowshoes pretty quickly the first time I used them (about 5 minutes). The first part will be on level ground as everyone gets used to the snowshoes. The route we take will be Laura in the woods (leader) determined, depending upon snow conditions.
Take 1-80 to the (it is about 10-12 miles past Blue Canyon, if you get to the Soda Springs exit, you went too far) Kingvale exit. Park in the Shell station parking lot and have someone who has a cell phone call me at[masked] or my cell at[masked]-3096. I will come out and meet you, my house being less than half a mile away. I will be driving a white Toyota pickup. (The route to my house is hard to find- about half the people who I give directions to get lost. Also, you will also need visitor parking sticker (which I will bring out with me) if there is more than one vehicle coming up- I only have room in my drive way for my truck and one-two others depending upon snow levels.
EVEN BETTER, WHEN AT THE PARKING MEETUP, IF SOMEONE COULD VOLUNTEER TO CALL ME WHEN YOU PASS THE BLUE CANYON AREA, I WILL COME OUT TO MEET YOU AT THE KINGVALE SHELL STATION.
You can rent snowshoes at the following three locations:
1148 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
1790 Expo Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95815
2425 Iron Pt. Rd
Folsom, CA 95630
Remember to pay your driver $3 per hour of drive time.