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Announcing a mew meetup: Intermdiate Snow Shoe hike next Wed. Lower Lola Montez

From: laura in the w.
Sent on: Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:46 PM


Intermediate Snow Shoe  Trip: Lower Lola Montez Lake: Feburary 21, 2012

Note that snow shoeing is more challenging that normal hiking. You need to be able to hike around 10 miles with about a 1000 feet elevation gain to do this trip.  

THIS IS A SMOKE FREE EVENT ( i.e. non smoking).  


Make a copy of the driving directions.

10: 15 at the Roseville Park and Ride, I will meet everyone at 12 noon at the trail head. I live 3 miles from the trail head and will be down hill skiing that morning; only 3 miles away. I will head over to the trail head at 11:30 from the ski resort.  Note that I will be in my white snowball (white Toyota Truck with white shell) and a Sacramento Hiking Meetup sign in the window.

Donation of $1 per person with go to Ski for Light, a group that I work with guiding partially sighted or blind people snow shoeing.

Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail
Summit Area
Mileage: 3.0 miles one way
Elevation:[masked] feet: 560 foot elevation change
Difficulty: Intermediate +
What to Bring:

-snow shoes

-winter boots or waterproof hiking shoes

- hiking poles with big baskets on them and gaiters are optional (I never use gaiters unless there is deep powder- the powder now is only inches deep- I was out snow shoeing up here two days ago, after work.

-Plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch

-sunglasses REQUIRED! Sunscreen, hat, and gloves.

-layers of clothes, none cotton, (Cotton kills, especially in the winter). (Polyester, fleece, synthetic).

-Daypack to hold everything

-flashlight or head lamp just in case some one ends up going slow!!

-an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet. Note that wool socks are the best for use in winter. Fleece socks also work.

 Trail Head: Take the Soda Springs exit off Interstate 80 and turn left, heading over the freeway. Turn right just past the on ramp after the bridge, follow the paved road east past the fire station for three tenths mile to the parking area.
Trail Description: Since much of the trail is over private property, hikers are requested to stay on the trail and observe the property rights of the landowner. From the trail head follow the trail north for 1/4 mile to a road. The road will take you to the Lower Castle Creek crossing (Lower Castle Creek causes some wet feet in early season). By the way, this is winter so the creek crossing will be minimal, and there are rocks to cross on. I did this trip at X-Mas and was able to cross on the rocks easily. But be aware that you might need ( a small chance of this) to take your shoe snows off to cross the creek and water proof boots are recommended).  The trail veers to the right 1/4 mile after the creek crossing, and then climbs for another 1/4 mile, where it ties in with the road again. For the next mile, under a canopy of beautiful forest, the road gently ascends. At the end of the road, which is also the beginning of the Motor Vehicle Restricted Area, the trail leads to an open, flat meadow. From there it is 1/4 mile to
Lower Lola Montez Lake. Since I did hike this in Dec with some snow on  the trail, I will be able to get us up the trail snowshoeing.


 Limit 8 people.

Medium to Heavy snow cancels—With the winter we have had, I would love any type of snow. The odds of this happening are very slim to non-existent.

You can rent snowshoes at the following three locations:
REI Roseville
1148 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
REI Sacramento
1790 Expo Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95815
REI Folsom
2425 Iron Pt. Rd
Folsom, CA 95630


Remember to pay your driver $3.50 per hour of drive time.

 Hike organizer: Laura Woods
Email: [address removed]
Phone:[masked] or cell (only the day of the hike)[masked]

Any questions, contact the hike organizer.


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