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First big ride of the spring: Sierra Valley   1 comment

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By Tim Hauserman

Springtime. Time to get back in the bike saddle and go for a ride. The perfect ride around these parts for that first long ride of the year is the Sierra Valley. The start is just 25 miles north of Truckee, and the riding is spectacular with lush pasture lands, wildflowers and a ton of wildlife.

Start from Sierraville, and if you are up for it, loop your way around the entire valley. It’s 50 miles with just a few hundred feet of climbing. A short cut via Herriot Road can shave some miles, but then you would miss the cute little town of Loyalton. The key is to time it right. Not too early in the morning or you will freeze, not too late, or you will face riding into the wind.

From Sierraville, head east on Highway 49 for 13 miles to Loyalton. Look for red winged blackbirds while passing wet pasture lands. About half way there you run into the only real hill of the trip, and it ain’t much. Loyalton, once home to a now defunct lumber mill, is a charming but struggling little town. Help it out by stopping in to the market or restaurant for some grub. From Loyalton head on A-24 out of town. Pass the City Park at the edge of town, the one and only restroom and water spot on the route.

Now, enjoy a flat, across valley jaunt to Beckwourth. But not all flats are the same, wind can quickly change the dynamics. My last ride I caught a lot of sidewind heading north and struggled along in lower gears, then the road changed direction and with the wind at my back I was roaring along with little effort. In between battling the wind, I saw antelope, bald eagles, snow geese high in the air flashing back and forth in the sunlight like a school of fish, and hawks up close and personal.

 

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A-24 ends at Highway 70. Hang a left, go about a mile, and then turn left again onto A23 for the long trip back across the valley to Sattley. Just a mile in, look for Sierra Valley Farms on your left which holds Farmer’s Markets every Friday in the summer.

From Sattley, it’s four miles on the more busy Highway 89/49 back to Sierraville, where several fun, local restaurant options await. My last trip, it was a meatball sandwich and big chocolate shake at Smithneck Farms. Delicious – and I deserved it.

 

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Lake Tahoe Stateline Look Out! Hike it Now!   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman

One of the awesome things about Lake Tahoe is that even though I’ve lived here a million years, I can still find amazing places that I’ve never been to before. Such was the case this week, when I made my first short hike up to the Stateline Look Out. It sits above the North Shore casinos on the California/Nevada border and the view is absolutely stupendous. I was kicking myself for not getting there sooner.

Where to begin:
Take the first left on the Incline Village side of the North Shore casinos at Reservoir Road. In a short distance, turn right on Lakeview (where you will see a sign that says Lookout). Take a left at the first “Y”, then at the next “Y” your trail begins behind the gate on the left. It’s a residential area with just a few parking spaces near the trailhead, so try to go on a weekday. You could also park at the The Biltmore and walk up the road, which would add a pleasant mile to the hike.

 

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The route heads uphill moderately steeply on an old paved road. In about a half mile the grade moderates where a paved narrow trail heads off to your left. Several interpretative panels provide interesting information about the lake, but the views from this trail are so stunning you might not want to take your eyes away from the lake.

The ridgetop location provides two distinct views of Lake Tahoe within a short distance. First, you get a panoramic view to the east of the lake, Incline Village and the casinos, and then just a bit further, you are looking west at the shoreline of Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. As the path traverses around the ridgetop you pass several benches before a quick climb brings you to the rock walled patio area where the actual fire lookout once stood. After you’ve had your fill, follow the path back to the road and retrace your steps back to the car.

 

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In just an hour or less this short hike gives you a chance to stretch out your legs and discover one of the best views of the lake you will find anywhere.

Thanks to my friend Nina for most of these photos. Check out her images at Photos by Nina-Photography. ninaphototahoe.com

 

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Go Take A Hike, Part 6. Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

With all the rain we’ve had and the continuation of snow melt, now is the time to hike the favorite trails along the local waterfalls before they dry up for the summer.

Just off Highway 89 south at Emerald Bay is the Eagle Falls Trail head. This is a great hike to start getting your summer hiking legs back, as it isn’t a very long hike, nor too overly strenuous. It’s perfect for spring conditions and spectacular photo ops.  Dogs love it and older kids should handle it just fine too.

You’ll wander up California State Park made granite stairs that are interspersed with dirt trails as you wind your way up to Eagle Lake, following Eagle Falls the entire way. (I kept thinking of the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ the whole time we were doing it. Heaven it was…)

 

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

 

Turn your view back down the falls to the east, and you will see Emerald Bay, the rest of Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe in the distance. The narrow inlet into Emerald Bay looked so shallow, one might be able to wade across it to the other shore. We’ll have to try that when we do our next hike in the area. It can be accessed from the Rubicon Trail out of DL Bliss State Park, (Go Take A Hike, Part 3 )

… or the hike from the Emerald Bay parking lot down to Vikingsholm. (Future blog post to come on that hike!)

 

 

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

 

The Trail splits. Veer to the right and wander up another couple of hundred yards to Eagle Lake.  As I recall, the trail doesn’t continue all the way around the rest of the lake …unless you want to bushwack it. It was time for us to turn around anyway, as there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us elsewhere.

 

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn't do the lake justice!

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn’t do the lake justice!

 

Another perfect day at Lake Tahoe. Now it’s time for a tasty beverage on the deck at Sunnyside Resort on the way home.  I told you there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us!  And you sure can’t beat this view!

Have you fallen in love with Lake Tahoe yet? If so, call Lynn Richardson to find you the perfect Lake Tahoe or Truckee home!

 

The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

 

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