On this snowshoe hike event, we will snowshoe up to 6 miles total with an overall elevation gain of about 1,000 feet in Hope Valley, which is located in Alpine County, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and surrounded by hills and high mountains.
SNOWSHOE HIKE DESCRIPTION AND ESSENTIALS
SNOWSHOE HIKE LEVEL: Intermediate due to hills.
DISTANCE: 6 miles total.
ELEVATION: Both level terrain with some gradual and steep slopes up to 1,000 feet.
SNOWSHOE HIKE TIME: About 5 hours with breaks in between.
SNOWSHOE HIKE ROUTE: We will start the snowshoe hike at the Yurt in the valley, which is operated by Hope Valley Outdoors (Not to be confused with Hope Valley Sno-Park), then snowshoe uphill with both gradual and steep inclines on the Burnside Lake Trail for up to 3 miles to the intersection of Burnside Lake and Indian Head Trails. About half way, we will have lunch on the meadow at the intersection, and bring something waterproof to sit on during lunch. After lunch, we will snowshoe back to the Yurt on the Burnside Lake Trail. Dogs are allowed, and blue diamonds posted on tree trunks help cross county skiiers and snowshoers stay on roads and single file trails snowed in.
SNOWSHOE HIKE ESSENTIALS: Bring snowshoes, ski poles, waterproof jecket and pants/gaiters, waterproof boots, warm layed clothing made out of wool or polypro (no cotton), sun protection gear, 2 litters of water, snacks, small lunch, something waterproof to sit on during lunch, electrolytes, personal first aid kit, plastic bags to put your trash in, cell phone for emergencies, and $10 for admission per person.
REFERENCE: Information about cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Hope Valley Outdoors can be found on the following links below;
INFORMATION ABOUT SAEFTY IN WINTER BACKCOUNTRY: Information about safely cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding can be found on the following links below;
TRANSPORTATION AND MEETING TIMES
Meet 8:00am at Iron Point's overflow park & ride Lot below Chili's in Folsom. Suggested carpool gas money, $4 per hour according Sacramento Sierra Club.
For those meeting at the trailhead, meet by 10:00am at the Yurt, which is a small rounded building located just south of Pickett’s Junction, at the intersection of State Route 88 and Highway 89 in Hope Valley. The Yurt is on the south side of CA HWY 88. Free parking at the tiny plowed parking lot next to the Yurt or along the side of HWY 88 or 89, but bring current season sno-park pass in case. GPS coordinates for meeting at the Yurt is[masked],[masked] or type " Hope Valley Outdoors, Markeeville, CA 96120 " for the address.
4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended due to possible icy and snowy cconditions on the roads in the high Sierras.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Iron Point park & right lot in Folsom, head eastbound on US HWY 50 toward Lake Tahoe for over 73 miles, then turn right onto CA HWY 89 and continue 11 miles, then look for parking along side of CA HWY 89, 88, or a tiny plowed parking lot next to the Yurt. Type Hope Valley Outdoors, Markeeville, CA 96120 for address.
DRIVING TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes non-stop (2 hours with a stop at a gas station/coffee shop/store along the way) from Iron Point park & ride lot to the Yurt located at the junction of CA HWY 89 and 88.
LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES: