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Guided Snowshoe Hikes with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Discover the beauty of the Tahoe Basin this February and March on snowshoe. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) is now offering free, guided snowshoe hikes and snow camping courses. Scenic hikes will appease every level of snowshoe ability and range in theme from a Sweetheart Sunset Snowshoe hike to a trek to Martis Peak and Echo Lake. The TRTA is also offering educational family outings including a Winter Wildlife Survival program and Snow Detectives – Winter Animal Tracking.

Advance registration is required; please visit www.tahoerimtrail.org to reserve your spot. For more information or call 775-298-0012 or email Tom at tomr@tahoerimtrail.org.

TRT Assoc_0016Snowshoe to Meiss Lake

Saturday, Feb 9

(8 miles; difficult) Carson Pass North Trailhead, 8:00am

On this longer, challenging hike, snowshoers will be treated to the impressive scenery of the surrounding mountainsides and forests of the Upper Truckee River Meadows on our way to Meiss Lake. The most challenging part of our travels will be on the return trip, where we will climb a significant slope before descending to our starting point. Please be sure that you can travel up to 8 miles on snowshoe with a 10 – 15 lb day pack before registering.

Winter Wildlife Survival Snowshoe with TINS

Saturday, Feb 16

Page Meadows, 10:00am

(2-3 miles; Easy; interpretive program)

Join the TRTA and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Winter Wildlife Survival snowshoe trek. This short and scenic hike will take you through Page Meadows, a meandering patchwork of open field, bare aspen groves and white fir forests. Along the way, TINS staff will discuss winter ecology concepts and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals from the Lake Tahoe Region. This hike is perfect for the whole family!

Full Moon Snowshoe – TRTA Members Only

Saturday, Feb 23

Tahoe Meadows North, 5:30pm

(1 mile; Easy)

If you’ve never seen a mountain meadow brightened by a winter’s full moon, then this is the hike for you. Although the hike to our vista will be quite short, our vantage point offers a spectacular view of the moon as it rises over Slide Mountain above the Tahoe Meadows. We will also enjoy some hot cocoa to warm us after our evening stroll.

Martis Peak Snowshoe Trek

Saturday, March 2

Martis Peak Road, 10:00am

(8 miles; Difficult)

This challenging hike climbs significantly for the first 4 miles, gaining over 1000 feet in elevation before topping out at the Martis Peak Lookout. The rewards are spectacular views of Truckee and Donner Pass, the Sierra Buttes and Lake Tahoe to the south. We will enjoy lunch at the top, so don’t forget to bring one! Please be certain that you can hike 8 miles in snowshoes, with significant elevation gain, before attempting this hike.

Winter Wildlife Survival Snowshoe with TINS

Saturday, Feb 16

Page Meadows, 10:00am

(2-3 miles; Easy; interpretive program)

Join the TRTA and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Winter Wildlife Survival snowshoe trek. This short and scenic hike will take you through Page Meadows, a meandering patchwork of open field, bare aspen groves and white fir forests. Along the way, TINS staff will discuss winter ecology concepts and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals from the Lake Tahoe Region. This hike is perfect for the whole family!

Full Moon Snowshoe – TRTA Members Only

Saturday, Feb 23

Tahoe Meadows North, 5:30pm

(1 mile; Easy)

If you’ve never seen a mountain meadow brightened by a winter’s full moon, then this is the hike for you. Although the hike to our vista will be quite short, our vantage point offers a spectacular view of the moon as it rises over Slide Mountain above the Tahoe Meadows. We will also enjoy some hot cocoa to warm us after our evening stroll.

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