Beginner Snow Shoe hIke

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
[masked];[masked]

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
Roseville Sunsplash
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
snowshoes
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.


gloves
snow shoes or leather boots well snow sealed, bring gaiters if you have them
warm, wool socks
water
snacks/lunch
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.

Directions:
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:

REI Roseville
1148 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
(916)[masked]

REI Sacramento
1790 Expo Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916)[masked]

REI Folsom
2425 Iron Pt. Rd
Folsom, CA 95630
(916)[masked]

Remember to pay your driver $3 per hour of drive time.

 

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  • Chris

    Great!

    December 30, 2012

  • Chris B.

    December 29, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    We sure had a lot of fun. Thanks for all who came. I loved it. The snacks where cool also.

    December 29, 2012

  • Julie

    Thank you for hosting this hike, Laura, it was fun!

    December 29, 2012

  • Janet P

    That was fun. I'm ready to get my own snow shoes and go again. Thanks for a great day Laura.

    December 29, 2012

  • Chris B.

    great

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Laura for grooming the trail and preparing the track, and even calling up a light snow flurry! Had a great time, good group, great weather, great scenery!

    December 29, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    Looks like we are down to one four wheel drive. He and I wil park in my driveway; plus maybe a short car.

    December 28, 2012

  • john l.

    i'll be there tomorrow but my guest will not so there may be an opening. I do have an extra set of snowshoes and gaiters.

    December 28, 2012

  • Tracy Weaver B.

    I just wanted to let you know that I will be unable to attend because of work. I hope to catch you next time. Have a super day.

    December 28, 2012

  • sue v.

    Just got back from snow shoeing, today.I will let my spots go, as I am going again, Sunday. Have fun!!

    December 28, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    The distance is 2-3 miles at the most.

    December 28, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    It is 28 degrees out there at noon time today. I am heading out to check out/plow through more of a route for tomorrow's trip, now.

    December 28, 2012

  • Janet P

    I just rented snow shoes. Will meet at park and ride. Hoping there are 4 wheel drive carpools available just in case the weather changes on us. See you tomorrow. :)

    December 28, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    The weather is looking good. Right now there is a chance for some light snow, different sites say 1-2 inches only. That is light snow.

    December 27, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    The thickness of the snow has gone from a few inches to a few feet with this storm. It is all light powder (so much easier to snow plow than thick sierra cement- wet snow), so we will be having fun!! But the beauty of snow shoes is that you don't sink down nearly as far as if you did not have them.

    December 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      more snow on way.

      December 23, 2012

    • laura in the w.

      They are talking about inches, not feet. Anyway, I just snow blow it all with my snow blower and we snow shoe on top of all the fresh white stuff.

      December 23, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    Sorry you can not come Unless people drop off and you get added to the list. I have limited parking at my place and in my cabin home.

    December 23, 2012

  • Pam L.

    Is there any chance that I can go on this trip? I'm on the waiting list. I would be happy to drive my car. I have room for 4 people.

    December 21, 2012

  • malcolm f.

    Hello Bruce, Room for one more in carpool? Thank you

    December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll have to get back to you Malcolm. I'm not sure ...

      December 20, 2012

    • sue v.

      Have room for 3. Ridge line truck is comfy. In AZ and hard to reply with iPhone.

      December 20, 2012

  • maricela

    Hello Bruce, if you still have the opening for 3 in carpool let me know. Thanks much

    December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do. You got it. room for 2 more.

      December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Maricela - Question, how many in your group? I've had other carpool requests and want to be sure i don't over book. I have room for 3, if you are by yourself, I'd have 2 spots left, if you have guests coming with you, I can accommodate you plus 2. Thanks.

      December 20, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    I figure, with everyone carpooling, you will get to the Kingvale Shell station sometime between 10:15-10:30 ish or later.

    December 19, 2012

  • SUKI

    First time in this group haven't join snowshoe how thick is the snow ..

    December 18, 2012

    • laura in the w.

      The thickness of the snow will be greatly increased after this weekend's storm, from inches to feet. But the thickness of the snow has nothing to do with snow shoeing. What matters is how hard the snow is. We could end up walking on top of hard snow or sinking down a few inches in soft snow. The snow shoes keep you from post holing (sinking down up to your knees or thighs when walking without snow shoes on- I have done both just getting into my cabin home on an unplowed driveway).

      December 19, 2012

  • laura in the w.

    I am back and finally able to hike 3 hours!

    1 · December 17, 2012

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