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Snowshoe event at Donner Memorial State Park

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  • Description of the park:

    A great shoe shoe event for a novice/beginner.

    Suggest all wheel drive and it is also suggested to carry snow chains while in the mountains in winter

    Essentials to bring:

    -clothing- (not cotton as cotton kills): Bring layers! If it is cold/snowing/blowing it can get really cold out!!

    snow shoes ski poles, they do help a little with balance on steeper slopes

    hat- like a ski cap or waterproof cap with a brim, sun screen,sunglasses,Gloves

    snow boots or leather boots well snow sealed, bring gaiters if you have them warm, wool socks: 2+ liters of water, snacks and a lunch, along with a small day pack

    Park fees apply.

    Description: This snowshoe hike is basically flat; with a couple of small ups on the second half of the trial; and is estimated at 6-6 ½ miles. The route will leave from the Museum parking lot, follow the Lake shore/China Cove loop trail, that goes along Donner Lake for some great views of the lake, then heads inland past Split Rock, ending near the campground. Those in the easy group will head back on an extremely easy to spot trail back to the parking area. At this point, the intermediate group will catch the Cold stream Valley trail, which is a loop trail that heads through Cold stream Canyon. Then we will hike up to the Lost Cabin Lodge, returning via the Lost Cabin Lodge road and Cold stream Canyon trail. Then we will catch the final part of the Lake shore/China Cove trail which takes us back to the museum parking area. For those who would like, we can take a tour of the museum to learn more about the ill fated Donner Party, after the snow shoe trip. The group will be following groomed ski trails. We will snow shoe on the side of the groomed trails; these groomed trails are for cross country skiers.

    We will be sahring this event with the Foot Hill hikers from Meetup

    Note that dogs are not allowed on these groomed trails, by park regulations.

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  • Bob D.

    Just love snowshoeing! So peaceful when you are out there moving along.

    6 days ago

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