This trip was a blast last wknd, and w/ the snowfall - we're doing it again!
1. PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN GO IF YOU SIGN UP, AS THIS TRIP REQUIRES A LOT OF LOGISTICS.
2. PLEASE READ ALL THE INFO ON THIS PG, AS THIS WILL LIKELY ANSWER MANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT COME UP - THX!
This was shot at the entrance to the first tunnel (3 yrs ago).
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 mostly flat - I'll call it moderate because we're in snowshoes on both snow and ice. There will be just a little bit of uphill, though very, very, minor.
This will be a 1 day trip, lasting the entire day. You'll be hungry from burning calories all day so there will be an optional dinner in Old Town Auburn, for those who want to hang out afterward.
If you skip dinner you'll probably get back to Vacaville around 6:45pm +/- and if you go to dinner you'll likely get to Vacaville around 8pm +/-
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.
If you look at the pics from last wknd's trip you'll see he current conditions, and get an idea of what the hike is like - though a bunch of snow is forecast between now and this next trip.
We will meet in Vacaville and carpool/caravan to our destination. We cannot meet anyone at the destination itself, though we can meet you at the bathroom stop - Summit Restaurant (Soda Springs exit off Hwy 80).
In Vacaville we will arrange carpools to our destination, so all you have to do is get to Vacaville. We leave several cars there (in a safe lot), and take as few vehicles as possible. Post on this pg if you want to carpool to Vacaville, and please help ea other out - thx!
What To Bring:
Vino! and cups
Waterproof Boots - (I wear my hiking boots)
Daypack with snacks, food (lunch) and vino w/ cups! Food: meats, cheeses, sourdough, breads, crackers, wraps, pizza, fish, pasta, cheese cake - be creative!
Warm layered clothes & plastic tarp or blanket to sit on at lunch
Head warmer (hat, knit hat, hood, etc.)
Headlamp or flashlight
Water - 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 - approx $15/person for gas
Everyone coming from The Bay Area will meet at Round Table Pizza in Vacaville at 7:15am.
GPS [masked],[masked] PLEASE USE THESE GPS COORDINATES - BECAUSE THERE ARE 2 ROUND TABLES ON ALAMO DR!
888 Alamo Dr, Vacaville
I WILL MEET YOU THERE.
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.
Need I mention your sense of humour is required?