Category Archives: North Tahoe

hikes in the North Lake Tahoe area

Wildflower hunting: Donner Pass Rd; Steamboat, NV; and the Hunter Lake trailhead

This post describes three brief wildflower explorations in the North Tahoe / Reno area.  I didn’t get out of sight of my car during any of the explorations, but I found interesting wildflowers in each location.  I was experimenting with … Continue reading

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Winter colors: Lake Tahoe area

As I have noted previously, the West and East coasts experience seasons differently. In the San Francisco Bay Area it is a once-in-twenty-year experience for snow to reach the ground, except on the tops of the highest peaks, where a … Continue reading

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Cross-country skiing at Tahoe Donner XC to Drifter Hut

Recently I went cross-country skiing at the Tahoe Donner cross-country (TDXC) ski area in Truckee, California, for the first time in three years. Usually I get out at least a few times per season, but the last few years have … Continue reading

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Hole in the Ground Trail

Hole in the Ground Trail (HIGT on some signs) is a popular mountain biking trail near Donner Summit. This was a group hike on the same trail. On a weekday in late October, we only encountered two solo mountain bikers; … Continue reading

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PCT from Ward Peak to Tevis Trail

Prior to the 2015 hiking season there was a gap in the immediate Lake Tahoe area of my hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail. During the 2015 hiking season I was able to fill in most of the gap, which … Continue reading

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Granite Chief Trail and Pacific Crest Trail almost to Granite Chief

For a couple of years I have been thinking about hiking up the Granite Chief Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail or to Granite Chief itself. I have hesitated, since the elevation gain up to the peak is 3000 feet: … Continue reading

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Five Lakes Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail

This was kind of an exploratory hike. I tend to use the “exploratory” designation when I don’t quite complete what I hoped to on my hike, or I know I’ll plan to return later for a more extensive hike. In … Continue reading

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