Lake Tahoe is a recreational gem. In the Tahoe Basin and in the counties that surround it, the depth and width of outdoor wonder are stunning. El Dorado County, Placer County, Nevada County, Alpine County, and Douglas County on the Nevada side, all contribute to the vast and varied outdoor recreational possibilities that are enjoyed by all who choose to get outside.
Eldorado National Forest announces forest openings
Eldorado National Forest begins reopening developed day use recreation sites
From The Tahoe Fund
“According to the US Watermaster’s Office, Tahoe’s lake level is predicted to peak at 6,228′ on June 3rd. That is about a month earlier than average. The current lake level is at 6,227.76’ elevation. The US Watermaster’s office uses runoff, temperature, solar radiation and other factors in order to create a forecast that helps determine their predictions. Obviously, any late season snow or rain will change things, but right now it is looking like Lake Tahoe will remain about a foot below the legal maximum limit of 6,229.1′ elevation this year.”
Lakes all over are filling up and spilling over, not just in Tahoe. When we are able to get out and about, it should be a great time around the lakes. Check out Sly Park/Jenkinson lake in Pollock Pines.
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association
TAMBA has announced that the 2020 Mountain Bike Festival will, hopefully, take place July 25 to July 26. Check it out.
Forest Service shuts recreation sites in South Shore
The Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has temporarily closed all national forest recreation sites and areas in the South Shore Recreation Corridor. According to a press release from the USFS Lake Tahoe Management Unit, “In alignment with federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the sites will be closed through April 30.”
Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the Resurgence Tour to July 17, 2021. Registration will reopen in the near future. For Death Ride fans this probably isn’t news. We’ve all known that many activities across the board have been cancelled outright or postponed. We all need to stay focused on staying healthy for the duration. Ride, but ride with all the guidelines in place.
From the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce:
“Based on current health forecasts, we do not feel it is in the best interest of the cycling community nor the health of our families, friends, and neighbors, to hold the event on July 11,” the Chamber board of directors wrote on the Death Ride website. “Given the health crisis that we are in, to further task our limited local resources with an event of this magnitude could exasperate our community’s health concerns. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 40th Anniversary Ride to 2021. This is a decision that we realize impacts many: You – our loyal customers, our community nonprofits who receive a portion of our proceeds, our business members, and of course our own ability to continue to promote and support the business prosperity and well being of this Alpine community that we share with you every year.”
If riders have already entered, their registration will be locked in for 2021. From the Chamber:
Due to the recent restrictions enacted by the National Forests and California State Parks, and the shelter in place order from the Governor, visitors from outside the area, which is to say if you don’t live here, are asked to please stay home. Find a place in your area to hike, bike etc. Stay 6 feet away from others, and stay home if you are ill or think you may be. It is important to know that all the facilities in the National Forests and State Parks are closed till further notice. We all have to do our part. It’s up to us to make this work.
The snow we’ve all been waiting for blew in with gusto, finally. Unfortunately, so did the coronavirus.
The result is that all the ski resorts, downhill and cross country, are closed. It is likely they are done for this season. It’s all for the greater good, which is to stay healthy and avoid anything that will spread the virus among us.
Does this mean the cross country, Telemark, and snowshoe season is over? All that snow and you can’t be on it? That depends on a few things, all of which involve common sense.
While the Governor has issued a shelter in place order, there are exceptions to staying hunkered down in your home. Exercise is one of them. The covid-19 precautions are still extremely important to practice though. It’s common sense and common courtesy, even in the backcountry.
If you are a cross country skier, snowshoer, or Telemark enthusiast, it is very important that you go out only with your partner, spouse, or immediate family. Stay away from other people while you’re out there, which isn’t very difficult to do considering the nature of the backcountry and xc skiing and snowshoeing.
You will have to consider where you will head out into the snow. Most of the places that we would normally stop at for a coffee or lunch and a bathroom break are either closed, allow a very limited number of people to enter at any time, or have only curbside service.
Over on SR 88, Hope Valley area up to Carson pass, nothing is open. Hope Valley Cafe, Sorensen’s, Hope Valley Outdoors, Kirkwood Inn and all the rest of Kirkwood, are closed. Carson pass has parking areas on the north and south sides that have vault toilets in the SnoPark lots. I do not know if they are open though.
Up in the Crystal Basin there are no services of any kind at this time of year. The Loon Lake Chalet is the only place up there during the snow season that has facilities. I do not know if that is open at this time either.
You’ll need to bring all of your own food, water, coffee, chocolate covered peanut M&M’s, hygiene supplies, and the rest of the normal gear you take out there. As always, you’re on your own in the backcountry. In addition, you’re on your own while you’re travelling now as well.
The last storms added several feet of snow to the mountains. The Sierra Avalanche Center (https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/) keeps tabs on avalanche conditions in the high country. It is even more important now to check their advisories before you head to the backcountry. Know before you go is even more critical now due to the pandemic.
Pay attention to the advisories. There’s a lot of snow, you can always go on a different day when conditions are better. If you’re in doubt about either the conditions or your health, stay home.
It’s up to all of us to keep all of us healthy. We all need to do our part, and yes, everyone doing so is critical. Social distancing, going out only for the essentials, staying home if you are feeling sick, keeping your hands away from your face, using soap and water to constantly wash your hands, and somehow making sure your children are paying attention as well, will shorten the duration of this mess we’re in
We are in it together. We all need to take care. No one is immune to this. A lot of common sense is obviously needed.
Get your gear. Cautiously and responsibly get outside.
Places to Explore
HEAVENLY: 775-586-7000 www.skiheavenly.com
SIERRA AT TAHOE: 530-659-7475 www.sierraattahoe.com
HOPE VALLEY OUTDOORS: 530-721-2015 www.hopevalleyoutdoors.com
KIRKWOOd: 877-KIRKWOOD www.kirkwood.com
DIAMOND PEAK: 775-831-1177 www.diamondpeak.com
MT. ROSE SKI TAHOE: 800-SKIROSE www.skirose.com
NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA: 530-562-1330 www.northstarcalifornia.com
TAHOE DONNER XC: 530-587-9484 www.skitahoedonner.com
BOREAL: 530-426-3666 www.rideboreal.com
SODA SPRINGS : 530-426-3901 www.skisodasprings.com
ROYAL GORGE XC: 530-426-3871 www.royalgorge.com
SUGAR BOWL SKI RESORT: 530-426-1111 www.sugarbowl.com
DONNER SKI RANCH: 530-426-3635 www.donnerskiranch.com
HOMEWOOD: 530-525-2992. www.skihomewood.com
GRANLIBAKKEN RESORT: 530-581-7533 www.granlibakken.com
TAHOE XC CENTER: 530-583-5475 www.tahoexc.org
TAHOE CITY WINTER SPORTS PARK: 530-583-1516 www.wintersportspark.com
ALPINE MEADOWS: 530-581-8374 www.skialpine.com
SQUAW VALLEY: 530-452-4335 www.squaw.com
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN: 888-766-9778 www.mammothmountain.com
JUNE MOUNTAIN: 760-934-2224 www.junemountain.com
YOSEMITE / BADGER PASS: 209-372-1000 #5 www.yosemitepark.com/dailysnowreport.aspx
DODGE RIDGE: 209-536-5300 www.dodgeridge.com
BEAR VALLEY 209-753-2301 #2 www.bearvalley.com
BEAR VALLEY XC CENTER: 209-753-2834 www.bearvalleyxc.com
Where to explore
Resorts and Shops
Mountain Bikes in the Mountains
Mountain bikes in the mountains. What a combo! With summer in full roar, long days with more trail opening up as the snow melts, mountain bikes are riding just about everywhere possible. Here are some places to learn, to rent a bike, or just find out about local trails in and around Pollock Pines to Tahoe.
Kirkwood runs a mountain bike park in the summer. They run only on weekends. From 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday (July/August including Labor Day weekend). Rentals, lessons, lifts, thrills, and high altitude riding.
Northstar Califorina runs their bike park 7 days a week. Hours are from 10;00 am- 5:00 pm, Saturday to Thursday, and 10:00am to 7:00 pm on Fridays. Rentals, lessons, lifts, competition, group instruction.
Squaw Valley waits till the snow is gone to open the slopes up to bikes. Kinda hard to mountain bike among the skiers.
Bike shops and rental outfits that can steer you to great rides:
Wattabike, 2933 Highway 50, Meyers, CA 96150, 530.544.7700
South Shore Bikes, 871 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.544.7433
Ski and Cycle Works, 3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.541.7505
Anderson’s Bike Rental, 645 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.541.0500
Camp Richardson Outdoor Sports, 1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.542.6584
Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, 3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.541.7505
Tahoe Bike Company, 3131 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.600.0267
Over the Edge Tahoe, 3665 Tamarack Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.600.3633
Olympic Bike Shop, 620 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, 530.581.2500
Flume Trail Bikes, 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd b, Incline Village, NV 89451, 775.298.2501
Factory Bikes, 3039 CA-89, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, 530.581.3399
Rufus Cycles, 484 Main Street #1, Diamond Springs, CA, (530) 303.3158
The Other Flume Trail
What other Flume Trail? The one known as the Incline Flume Trail. Like the other one, the trail is on what used to be a flume that sent logs down to the Lake in the Comstock Era. It’s pretty family friendly, more flatish that its cousin simply known as The Flume Trail. The trail is an extensive project that involves the Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, the USFS, Friends of Incline Trails, the Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, Nevada Land Trust, Washoe County and Incline General Improvement District and others.
Read about the trail at the Tahoe Fund website. Get your gear on, pump up the tires and head over there for what is a fun ride with outrageous views of Lake Tahoe.