Friday, February 9, 2018

2.9.18 ..... American River/Calcutta Falls


Hike Details:
Elevation range - about 600-700' (lots of little ups and downs but no huge elevation changes)
Location - from Eastbound I-80, take the Hwy. 49 South exit towards Placerville, follow it through Auburn and down into the American River Canyon. Parking is along the street or in a few lots that require a permit. For this trail, we parked on the right side of the road, right after you cross the bridge over the river.
Bathrooms: Yes, porta-potties
Mileage - 4-5 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 2 hours




Friday, February 2, 2018

2.2.18 ..... Flora Lake Snowshoeing


Hike Details:
Elevation range - about 7200' (lots of little ups and downs but no huge elevation changes)
Location - from Eastbound I-80, take the Boreal Ski/Donner Summit Sno-Park exit, turn left (going opposite of Boreal) and the road dead ends at the Sno-Park (fee is $5 per vehicle, passes need to be bought ahead of time at REI or other Truckee locations). You could also possibly park at the rest area at the next exit which is closer to the junction with the PCT.
Bathrooms: Yes, a pit toilet 
Mileage - 4-5 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 3+ hours (including stop for lunch)



Saturday, January 6, 2018

1.6.18 ..... Pt. Reyes


Hike Details:
Elevation range - sea level :)
Location - Limantour Beach at Pt. Reyes, we parked at the Limantour Beach Parking Lot
Bathrooms: Yes, pit toilet
Mileage - 5 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 2 hours

Friday, December 8, 2017

12.08.17 ... Stevens Trail

Hike Details:
Elevation range - from about 2300' down to 1300'
Location - from Eastbound I-80, take the Colfax exit (135), turn left at the stop sign to get on to the frontage road called North Canyon Way, drive .6 mile to the parking lot on the left.
Bathrooms: Yes, a pit toilet (better than nothing, just barely)
Mileage - 7.5 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 4 hours (including stop for lunch)


Saturday, November 18, 2017

11.18.17 ..... Codfish Falls


Hike Details:
Elevation range - about 800' (lots of little ups and downs but no huge elevation changes)
Location - from Eastbound I-80, take Exit 130, W. Paoli Lane. From the exit, turn left onto W. Paoli Lane, then continue straight on Paoli Lane (don't go back over the freeway on W. Paoli Lane). It ends at Ponderosa Road, then turn right and just keep going! It becomes a dirt road, single lane, and is SUPER bumpy! We drove my husband's truck and we were still worried about all the bumps! Definitely not a place I'd go with a sketchy vehicle as there's also no cell coverage down in the canyon. Just keep driving down the windy road until you get to the river and there's a small parking lot.
Bathrooms: Maybe? Might be a pit toilet at the trailhead, if there was we didn't use it.
Mileage - 3 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 1-2 hours



Friday, October 6, 2017

10.6.17 ... Training Hill - Auburn

Hike Details:

  • Elevation range - 600' to 1630'
  • Location - Auburn State Recreation Area at the intersection of Highway 49 and Old Foresthill Road, also known as the "Confluence" of the American Rivers - parking is free along most parts of the road, but there are also a few fee area parking lots
  • Mileage - 4.5 miles roundtrip
  • Hiking time - 2 hours 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

9.29.17 ... Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes


Hike Details:

  • Elevation - 8210' up to 9410'
  • Location - Trailhead is located off of Carson Pass Highway 88, take the turnoff to Woods Lake Campground, which is a mile or so past Caples Lake
  • Mileage - 5 miles roundtrip
  • Hiking time - 3 hours 

Friday, August 25, 2017

8.25.17 ... Frog Lake


Hike Details:
  • Elevation - 8550' up to 8875'
  • Location - Trailhead is located at the Carson Pass Ranger Station on Carson Pass Highway 88, about 5 miles East of Kirkwood Ski Resort
  • Mileage - 3 miles roundtrip
  • Hiking time - 3 hours 




Saturday, August 5, 2017

8.4.17 ... Johnson Canyon/Donner Lake Rim Trail


Hike Details:
  • Elevation - 6400' up to 7630'
  • Location - On I-80, take the Donner Lake Road exit (not to be confused with Donner Pass Road), go north of the freeway to Billy Mack Rd and the trailhead parking is just up the road on the right.
  • Mileage - 6 miles roundtrip
  • Hiking time - 3 hours



Thursday, June 29, 2017

6.29.17 ... Bassi Falls ... it's my birthday so I'll hike if I want to!


Hike Details:
  • Elevation - 5,075' - 5,575'
  • Location - From Sacramento take Hwy. 50 East. About 20 miles past Placerville take a left turn on Ice House Road. Follow this road (very windy, but beautiful) for about 18 miles. (At about 12 miles is the Crystal Basin Ranger Station on the right--nice bathrooms, worth stopping!) Continue on until you cross a bridge over a creek. Big Silver Group Campground is on the left, and the turnoff to Bassi Falls is immediately across from it on the right. Take the turn, then when you reach a fork in the road, you can go left and drive up to within about a half mile from the falls. But we drove to the right and parked in a big open area where a trail headed down to the right towards the creek. It's about 2 miles to the falls from here, see the picture below with the sign.
  • Mileage - 4.5 miles roundtrip
  • Hiking time - 3 hours
I didn't make this map but it's pretty close to what we hiked. The green arrow is the turnoff from Ice House Road.

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