Monday, August 7, 2017

Brockway Summit hike to Scenic Overlook

This scenic hike is among the most popular hikes in North Lake Tahoe. The trailhead is on Highway 267 near the top of Brockway Summit. Brockway Summit is a 10 minute drive from Truckee or Kings Beach.

The hike is 3 miles round trip with moderate climbing. This is the ideal hike if you don't have much time to spend. The view from the rock overlook is spectacular. Start the hike before 10:00am on busy weekends to avoid the crowds and for parking. Bring water and of course your camera.

Most of the parking is on the south side of Highway 267, just 1/4 South of the summit. The trail starts on the North side of Highway 267 on a fire road. This is where the Tahoe Rim Trail crosses Highway 267. There is a kiosk with signage 100 yards up the fire road which indicates the single track trail that is the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).

Follow the TRT uphill for approximately 1 mile where a trail cuts off to the left. The TRT continues straight, but the scenic overlook is to the left. There should be a trail marking the "Spur Trail View".

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Prevent slip and falls with chains for your boots

Walking on snow and ice can sometimes land you on your keister. Even the best rubber soled hiking boots provide poor traction on slippery surfaces. The best solution is to attach temporary traction devices on the soles of your shoe or boot.  You can keep the traction devices in your pocket when you are’t using them.

The best solution I have found are the products from ICEtrekkers. ICEtrekkers has three traction solutions that are easy to install and remove. The rubber elastic sling appears durable and is designed to stay flexible in cold temperatures. My wife and I have the “Chains” product which works well in packed snow and ice.  The case hardened square links are strong and securely attached to the rubber sling.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plenty of snow for the Great Ski Race in March

All the cross country trails are filled with snow this year.
The popular Great Ski Race for cross country skiers will take place March 6, 2016 without fear of the course melting away.  The race has been plagued with cancellations over the past few years due to lack of snow. This year won't be a problem because the snowpack is at 130% of normal.

The Great Ski Race begins in Tahoe City and ends at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Skiers begin at 6,600 feet and reach a peak altitude of 7,700 in the first half of the race. The second half features some steep uphill portions with a net elevation loss to just under  6,000 feet at the finish line.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Girl injured in fall from Squaw Valley Chairlift

 An 8-year-old girl fell from the Big Blue Express chairlift on January 2. According to Lake Tahoe News, the girl fell from nearly 40 feet. A witness said the girl fell when the chair restarted after a stoppage.

She was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in stable condition with broken bones.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Recent storm brings relief to skiers and water lovers

Beautiful Lake Tahoe.
The water level at Lake Tahoe is on the rise again thanks to all the recent precipitation. The latest storm brought  33-36" to Heavenly, Kirkwood 27-37", Mt. Rose 20-24", and Squaw/Alpine 36". All of this snow, combined with recent rain in the area, has brought the lake level up by nearly 2 inches.

This lake level rise represents 6.39 billion gallons of water, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. The current lake level sits at 6221.61feet. The level for the same day in 2014 was 6222.56, and 6223.63 in 2013.

After 4 years of drought, the latest weather pattern has brought welcome relief. Skiers and boarders are loving it. Expect great skiing/riding for the upcoming holidays.

Check the lake level in real time: