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Truckee River bike trail in Tahoe City

Truckee River bike trail in Tahoe City

 

Even though the recent snow storms have given a late season boost to the ski season, the lower elevations of the Sierra are still either devoid of snow, or down to a pittance. So is there a good side to the mild winter we had?

 

This year, we’ve been given the opportunity to get out there and do our favorite outdoor activities earlier then ever. In fact, some great mountain biking and hiking trails will soon be ready for us to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions for places to go:

 

Bliss to Emerald Bay

Bliss to Emerald Bay

 

Truckee Trails-All those wide open spaces north of Truckee are beginning to open up for mountain biking, hiking and running. The Emigrant Trail should be snow free soon, as well as the dirt roads between Prosser, Boca and Stampede Reservoirs. The Donner Rim trail is another sunny place to trek with views of the Sierra Crest and Donner Lake.  If you haven’t tried one yet, this might be a good time to try a Fat Bike. These bruisers with super big tires, can roll right over any remaining packed down snow and mud.

photo Donner Rim

Donner Lake Rim Trail

 

Emerald Bay-The trail to the Vikingsholm and along the south facing side of the bay is ready for hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles and ospreys, and enjoy the quiet trails without the throngs of folks you will find there mid-summer.

 

Get on the lake-If you are treated to a warm day with no wind, grab your paddleboard or kayak and head to Donner Lake or Lake Tahoe. It’s beautiful, and probably free of boat wakes. But stay on your board and out of the water, because while the air temperature might be cozy, the water will be cold.

Donner Lake

Donner Lake

 

Hit the TRT-The Tahoe Rim Trail section which heads north out of Tahoe City (from Fairway Drive) is south facing at a low elevation, the perfect combination for an early snowmelt. Climb for about a mile to a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River canyon, and feel the joy of boots on dirt.

 

Walk the river-The Truckee River Bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley is mostly free of snow. Take a relaxing stroll along the river.

 

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Move in, and leave most of your money at home!   Leave a comment

Snowpeak Condo at Tahoe Donner

Snowpeak Condo at Tahoe Donner

  11589 Snowpeak Way, Tahoe Donner – $73,900

There are many alternatives available when you are thinking of finding a place in the Sierra to make your own. A wide range of large and spectacularly beautiful homes are on the market. But what if you just want a charming little place that will meet your needs, but at an incredibly low price? And by needs, we are not only talking about a place to live, but a place where you can golf, cross-country ski, downhill ski, play tennis, go sledding, work out in a recreational center, hit the trails for hiking and biking, and go for a swim in a pool or out from a sandy beach into Donner Lake? For you, this might be that place.

Studio unit with one bath

By the way, that price of $73,900 is not a typo. You really can get your own place to stay in Tahoe Donner for that price. In fact, you get a remodeled studio unit right at the base of the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, and just a short distance from the Tahoe Donner Cross-Country Ski Area,  one of the best cross-country ski resorts in the United States. And if skiing is your gig, this place even comes with it’s own ski tuning room and personal lockers.

Nicely remodeled

Access is quick and easy into this first level unit, where you will find upgrades such as new kitchen cabinets, Silestone counters, slate floors,  and a new tile shower in the bathroom. After sleeping, the charming Amish Style Murphy Bed, lifts up to become a wall decoration, creating more space in the living area.

Cozy lobby

If you’ve always wanted your place in the pines with a great amenity package, but were not interested in shelling out the big bucks, this is your place. Enjoy.

Your Tahoe-Truckee Top Five for 2014.   Leave a comment

Yes, it’s that time of year again. When we take stock of 2013, and make plans for the steps we want to take in 2014. Let’s not call them resolutions, because we know those usually don’t work. What if instead, we just look at doing a few things in 2014 that will make us feel good, while maybe doing good for the community as well:

1) Find a local organization to support: While giving is an important part of what makes the winter holidays special, how about continuing that spirit of giving all year round? In fact the organizations that do good around these parts probably need our help even more once the soft glow of Christmas giving has flittered away. Whether it’s a financial donation or a gift of your time, it will be greatly appreciated and will brighten up the lives of those in need.  Hands on Tahoe is a wonderful organization that connects volunteers to the community.

Community Christmas Food Drive

Community Christmas Food Drive

2) Try a new sport: Have you paddleboarded, kayaked, road biked, cross-country skied or snowshoed? Or thought about trying something a little more daring like snow kiting or rock climbing? The Sierra is loaded with different ways to enjoy what nature has given us, and there are lots of folks who can rent you the equipment and teach you how to do your new sport right. Who knows, perhaps it will become your new favorite.

Hiking in January above Donner Lake

Hiking in January above Donner Lake

3) Find a new trail: If you’ve hiked or biked much of the Tahoe Rim Trail or the Donner Lake Rim Trail, how about finding a new and different trail to explore. There is nothing quite as cool as that first time on a lovely ribbon of single track.

4) Seek out a new business. There are many small businesses that show off the work of local artists, or put out a delicious cup of joe. Go out there and experience something new. In the process you will help a few Tahoe/Truckee folks bring in some money, which they will then turn around and spend to support other businesses and our little towns.

5) Still want to make a resolution to lose ten pounds? What if instead you call it a “get outside every day and do something active in our beautiful place” resolution? It’s amazing how being outside in the wilderness where there are no refrigerators just makes the pounds drop off.

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Have a very Happy New Year, and go have some fun!

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Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

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