Paige Meadows Hike Tahoe City

An easy quick hike is Paige Meadows near Tahoe City.  It’s an easy trail that winds around a series of five connected meadows.  It’s a good hike in the Summer for Aspens at Paige meadowsthe lush grasses and wildflowers, or in the fall with the changing foliage. There will be an occasional bear so be sure to keep a lookout if you hike with your dog(s). There’s a single track so be on the lookout for mountain bikers as this trail is enjoyed by all.

There are a few ways from there to get to the trail head: South on 89 Take 89 South (West Lake Blvd) out of Tahoe City, turn right on Chinquapin and follow to Ward Canyon Road (Courchevel). Go right at Chamonix.  Trail head and parking are at the end of street .

 

Or Off 89 South  (West Lake Blvd) turn right on Granlibakken, then left on Rawhide and park at the end of the street. See my other favorite Fall hikes with Kids and dogs here.

Granite Chief Trail Hike

The Granite Chief trail is one of my favorite hikes in Squaw Valley. I can make it up to the Pacific Crest Trail in about an Hour and a half. 3 hours round trip. It is a moderate to advanced hiking level. Great work out!   The trail climbs up the canyon following the creek, and then intensifies as it moves away from the creek and up the mountain. After about 3.5 miles the trail converges with the Pacific Crest Trail.  You can enjoy the general mountain splendor including pine and fir trees or wildflowers in the spring; or the impressive granite rock outcroppings that makes this hike live up to it’s name.

Granite Chief Trail

 

Getting there:  From Interstate 80 take Hwy 89 South and turn right on Squaw Valley Road.  Follow a little over two miles to the main fire station (before Squaw Valley Road makes a hard left towards the tram building)  and the trail head is on the right side of the station.

Alpineglow Festival Continues this week – Event without the snow!

snowshoe hikeThe 10 day Alpineglow Festival continues this week with some great activities if you’re around this week and continues until March 1st.  Although the snow is minimal currently and the weather warm, they still have some great activities that it’s still a good time to try.

Here’s a few activities on the list:

Guided Back Country Ski Tour
Learn How to Skate Ski
Get some Avalanche Beacon Practice
Check out the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
Natural History Snowshoe Tour

Check out the schedule here

Tahoe Rim Trail Association – REI Winter Trails Day Jan.10th

snowshoe hikeIf you missed the stargazing hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail, another snow bound opportunity is at the  Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area where the TRTA and REI are hosting a Winter Trails day.  On January 10th activities are geared towards the fun of winter snow sports, and trying things for free if you’re new to them. You can register for a guided 1-2 mile snowshoe hike, or for the main event which includes whole family fun and activities.  Make sure you register beforehand for the snowshoe hike here with the TRTA or here with REI for the Family portion from 11am-3pm.

Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon – Oct. 4th

View of South Lake TahoeIf you love running around Lake Taho. You will love this Marathon. Put on your running shoes at this years Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Fall Classic Half Marathon October 4th, 2014.   Mountain bikers step aside as runners take over the trails for this half marathon enjoying spectacular views along the historical Flume Trail.  Originally built by a lumber company to transport raw lumber, this trail is now one of the most scenic trails in Tahoe.  Pre-registration is $75 ($85 at the event) here.

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