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Spring road ride: Verdi   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

After all the rain last week, spring is forecast to once again be sprung in the mountains, leading many folks to get a hankering to be out on their bike. With the morning temps still nippy and a bit of mud around, now is a perfect time to head to Verdi for a ride. Its only 20 miles east of Truckee, the grass is green, the horses and llamas are out enjoying the sunshine, and the temperature is usually 10-15 degrees warmer bringing it right into the Goldilocks zone.



Ranch outside of Verdi


Start your ride from Crystal Peak Park, just off Business 80, a short distance from Gold Ranch. The park sits next to the Truckee River and there is plenty of parking, picnic tables and restrooms. From here you have several options:

-Head east from Verdi, following the Truckee River to the edge of the Sommersett development. Here you can climb on nicely maintained bike lane through the extensive residential community enjoying views of Reno and the surrounding desert. Turn around wherever you wish and return to the bottom, where a bike path leads you east to 4th Street. Take 4th to Mayberry, then follow Mayberry for a mile, to a left turn into the Edgewater Park development. Cruise through the neighborhood to a bike path, and now follow the bike paths and roads along the Truckee past a series of riverside parks. Before you know it, you are in downtown Reno, at the Reno Whitewater Park.


Bike trail at Dorostkar Park  along Mayberry road in Reno.

Bike trail at Dorostkar Park along Mayberry road in Reno.


-Want to add some distance? Before heading east on Business 80 from your starting point, ride South Verdi Drive to Boomtown. Cross over I-80 and circle through the lovely neighborhood to the south, adding an extra half hour of riding.

-Ready to make a day of it? Just after you turn onto Mayberry take a sharp uphill turn onto Plateau, and then wind your way all the way across Reno to the Mt. Rose Highway and back for about a 45 mile trip. Check out the link below for the Reno Area bike map, and be sure to take a copy with you on your ride.  The purple line is the ride I just described.

Quick tip: Don’t forget to fill up your tank at Gold Ranch before returning to California. The gas prices are usually at least 60 cents a gallon less then Truckee.


Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.

Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.



It’s Spring…get out there!   Leave a comment

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.


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