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Below is a listing of some hikes that the Club or one of its volunteers has previously hiked.  The descriptions are provided to assist you in finding/selecting a hike. All of the hikes can be done as day trips from Tahoe Donner, so they are generally within a 90-minute drive.  Click on a hike title  to go to its description.

A few caveats: The descriptions are not intended to be comprehensive and should not be exclusively relied upon for navigation purposes.  The Tahoe Donner Hiking Club is not responsible for the completeness or accuracy of the descriptions.  Trail conditions can change over time, and navigational trail markers disappear.  The difficulty designation may not apply to your capabilities.

Safety concerns: You are always responsible for your own safety–whether you hike with the Club or on your own.  It is recommended to hike with a buddy and to carry a map and GPS  (see Guidelines for Hikers).   Before leaving home for a hike, you are encouraged to check the link or other on-line resources for a more complete description.  For regular Club hikes, the hike leader has the ultimate authority to decide whether a hiker is fit for the hike.

Enjoy-happy trails!

Hike List


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              HIKE: Barker Pass to Twin Peeks
              DISTANCE:
              10.2 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  
              +2300’
              DIFFICULTY:
              Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION
              Climb to the east summit of Twin Peaks for an awe-inspiring 360 degree view.
              TRAILHEAD
              PCT trailhead at Barker Pass (top of Blackwood Canyon Road off Hwy. 89 ) is approximately 35 minutes from NW Clubhouse.
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS:
              OK
              TYPE: Black
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              HIKE: Barker Pass to Ward Creek
              DISTANCE: 10.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1400’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: A beautiful hike along the PCT and TRT. Point to point – either a car shuttle or significant other drop-off
              TRAILHEAD:  PCT trailhead at Barker Pass approximately 6 miles up Blackwood Canyon Road from Hwy 89 on west shore of Lake Tahoe.
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS: OK
              TYPE: Black
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              HIKE: Bayview to Velma Lakes
              DISTANCE: 9 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +2200 feet
              DIFFICULTY:  Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  The first part of the hike is steadily upwards, climbing 1,400 feet in two miles. Total vertical up (and down) will be 2,000+ feet.   It climbs from the Bayview Campground at Emerald Bay into the heart of the Desolation Wilderness, with its picturesque granite terrain and cirque-bound lakes.  ​A loop option is visiting nearby Fontanillis and Dick’s Lakes, which add about 1.5 miles.   With the drive and hike, this will be an all day outing.  Plan to leave early and, if going with a group, carpool.
              TRAILHEAD: Far end of Bayview Campground​.
              LINKS: AllTrails 
              DOGS: Leashed
              TYPE: Black
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              HIKE: Big Meadow to Dardanelles
              DISTANCE: 7.3 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1358 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.
              TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Go south on 89 to the Big Meadows parking lot on the right. Follow the trail at the lower end of the parking lot approximately 200 yards, where it intersects with the highway. Cross the highway cautiously and look for the trailhead signboard.
              LINKS: Big Meadow to Dardanelles
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Boca Hill From Prosser Dam
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1000 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a relatively short hike for Blue hikers but ascends 1,000 feet for a memorable view. We climb from the car park to the summit of Boca Hill where we will stop for a snack, then descend via a slightly different trail ending up walking along above Prosser Reservoir.
              TRAILHEAD: The parking area on the left, just across Prosser Dam (east side) Access via Prosser Dam Road (approx. 20 mins from Northwoods Clubhouse)
              LINKS:none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Boca Hill 
              DISTANCE: approx 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1000′
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Boca Hill is the minor mountain that sits between Boca and Prosser reservoirs and directly North of  I-80 across from Glenshire.  It is accessed via the Hirschdale exit on I-80.  The described hike starts from the parking lot on the East side of the dam, which is about a mile North of I-80 on the Stampede Meadows Road.
              The hike will be a lasso loop as we hike across the northern shoulder of the hill, around the western side and up to the summit from the south.  We’ll take a break at the summit rock pile for a quick snack where there are great views of both lakes, the Martis Valley, and the Truckee River corridor. The descent will go down the northeast side of the mountain to return to our trail across the northern shoulder.  Expect some moderately steep sections, loose rocks and muddy spots.  Afterwards, lunch at the RV Park Deli at Hirschdale and I-80, a 5 minute drive away, is always a good way to end the hike.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at parking lot on East side of Boca Dam on Stampede Meadows Road.  Drive east on Interstate 80  and take the Hirschdale exit. Turn left and  pass under the freeway and drive across the railroad tracks .  Continue on that road for less then 1/2 mile.  The dam and parking area are on your left.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Boyington Mill Trail
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,500′
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate++
              DESCRIPTION:  Starting at Boyington Mill Campsite (5,700 ft.) hike Forest Service road 72 02 approximately 3-1/2 miles enjoying views of Boca and Stampede Reservoirs ending with views of Veridi and Granite Peaks (7,250 ft.). Since it is out/back there are opportunities for shorter routes.  Possible to have a snack at the top and on the way down and lunch along the Little Truckee River at the campground after returning.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 25 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  From Route 80 east bound take Hirschdale Road exit. Turn left toward Boca Reservoir and drive 4.9 miles to Boyington Campsite on left.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Burton Creek Park
              DISTANCE: 6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 900′
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a hidden jewel of a park  of forests, meadows, woodlands and fields of wildflowers.  The trail climbs to a beautiful scenic overlook onto the lake.   Quite a lovely place with lots of wildflowers and seemingly not well known.
              Optional Add-on: There is a 2.5 additional loop through the the Antone Meadows Natural Preserve that can be added on for those who would like to do more distnace.
              TRAILHEAD: TH in Burton Creek State Park is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take 89 to Tahoe City and continue straight onto 28E/N Lake Blvd. for 1.6 miles.  Turn left onto an unmarked road which also services Tamarack Lodge and which is directly across the street from Star Harbor.  Keep left at the split and the road turns into a dirt road.  Continue to the gate where you can park your car.
              LINKSBurton Creek Map 
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Carnelian Bay to Watson Lake
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1200 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  We will use a local neighborhood trail to reach Watson Lake. If hikers want to go further in a loop we can go partly up to Mt Watson. Lovely wildflowers, interesting rock formations and Lake Tahoe views
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 40 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take highway 267 over Brockway Summit to Kings Beach (12 miles from Hwy 80). Turn right on Hwy 28 (North Lake Blvd) heading towards Tahoe City.  At approximately 5.2 miles turn right on Lardin Way. Bear left on High Street, turn right onto Nightingale Rd, right on North Ridge, and bear left to stay on North Ridge Rd, then right on Woodchuck Dr and left on Wildcherry Lane. Park in front of 4525 Wildcherry Lane, Carnelian Bay 96140.  NOTE:  The homeowners would prefer that we NOT park at what looks like the TH parking.

            • LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Carnelian Bay Watson Lake Loop
              DISTANCE: 11.34 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,759
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Start on Dirks Trail. Turn right at fork and climb. Turn left on Hanes-Flat and right on Sawmill-Flat to TRT. Turn left on TRT and continue past Watson Lake. Turn left off the TRT onto Cedar-Flat. Turn right onto the Shale Trail. Turn left on Sawmill-Flat. Turn right on Dirks back to TH.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 40 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take highway 267 over Brockway Summit to Kings Beach (12 miles from Hwy 80). Turn right on Hwy 28 (North Lake Blvd) heading towards Tahoe City.  In Carnelian Bay, turn right on Center Street. Use street parking near the end of the street or turn right on Olive Street and find street parking.
               LINKS:
               DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Carpenter Valley
              DISTANCE: 5 miles round trip
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 750’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Come discover Lower Carpenter Valley, the newest land acquisition of the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT).  It is one of the best examples of a properly functioning meadow in our area. Willow forests abound on the valley floor, and the North Fork of Prosser Creek  meanders through the valley and vegetation grows right up to the water’s edge.  The wildflowers in Spring are not to be missed.

              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  The trailhead is on Carpenter Valley Road just off of Alder Creek Road a short distance east of the Tahoe Donner campground.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Carpenter Valley from USFS Gate
              DISTANCE: 10 miles round trip
              ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The trail starts at the gate on Carpenter Valley Rd just off of Alder Creek and proceeds west along Prosser Creek to the Carpenter Valley loop trail. This trail was constructed by the Land Trust and offers great views of the meadow. After hiking the loop we return by the same route.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  The trailhead is on Carpenter Valley Road just off of Alder Creek Road a short distance east of the Tahoe Donner campground.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Carpenter Valley from ACAC
              DISTANCE: 10-13  miles round trip depending how far into Valley we hike.
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 750’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  We make our way to Carpenter Valley by the Tahoe Donner trails that lead thru Euer Valley, touching on Crabtree.  Lower Carpenter Valley, the newest land acquisition of the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) is one of the best examples of a properly functioning meadow in our area. Willow forests abound on the valley floor, and the North Fork of Prosser Creek  meanders through the valley and vegetation grows right up to the water’s edge.  The wildflowers in Spring are not to be missed.
              Note Carpenter Valley tour is only available when hike  and hike leader is a pre-approved by TDLT
              TRAILHEAD: Alder Creek Adventure Center (ACAC).
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: No
              TYPE: Black
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              HIKE: Carson City Kings Canyon
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike is a special opportunity to learn about Carson City and Kings Canyon. We will see waterfalls and views of Carson City.  The hike begins with an 8 minute hike up to a waterfall. From there we will walk uphill on a single track, and then onto a long uphill dirt and rock road for a mile or so. This section is in the full sun so it will be more difficult. The trail then crosses on to rolling hillsides, crossing another creek. Crossing the mountainside there will be views of Carson City. It is all level or gentle downhill all the way back to complete the loop.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 1.5 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Drive through Incline all the way to Spooner Summit (Hwy 50). Turn left down the Mt. to Carson City. Turn left at the bottom and go through town until you see the Capitol Building coming up. (about 3 1/2 miles)  Just before that, turn left on 5th Street. There is a stop light there.  Go 3 blocks to first stop sign. That is Division. Turn right.  Go 3 blocks to King Street. (church on corner) Turn left.  Continue all the way up until it dead ends. Watch posted speed signs and look out for deer. The street turns into Kings Canyon 1/2 way up. Just go straight until you run out of pavement.  Park at the end of the road in the parking lot or on dirt area off of the road. There are trail signs there.
              LINKS:
              DOGS: Leashed; be aware of rattlesnakes
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              HIKE: Castle Peak
              DISTANCE:  6.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1823’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate+
              DESCRIPTION:  The first part is moderate but the last 1 ½ miles are strenuous. Poles are recommended. The views are spectacular from the top and depending on the season, the wildflowers can be wonderful.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take the Castle Peak exit from I 80 West, approximately 0.4 miles up a paved, then dirt road
              LINKS:Castle Peak
              DOGS: Yes-Leashed
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              HIKE: Castle Peak and Basin Peak
              DISTANCE: 10+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1900’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Follow trail to Castle Peak, then across the saddle to Basin Peak, down the far side to the PCT and Peter Grub Hut. A short uphill will connect to the road that leads to the cars.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15-20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   I 80 to Castle Peak/Boreal Exit 176. Park on the right at the end of the exit.
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Clear Creek Hike
              DISTANCE: 10+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1250’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: This is a great early season hike that starts near Carson City and ends halfway up Rt 50. This will be a one way hike with a car shuttle although it could be done as an out an back. The trail is very smooth (decomposed granite/dirt) with a moderate pitch that starts in high desert (no shade for first few miles), goes past some cool rock formations and enters pine forests for most of the hike. Generally considered easy to moderate, the trail gradually climbs and descends along its length at a comfortable 5% grade with some flat sections. The elevation ranges between 4,950 feet at Jacks Valley Trailhead adjacent to the school, to a high point of 6,200 feet at the south fork crossing of Clear Creek, then down to 5,900 feet at the end of the trail.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 60-70 minutes from NW Clubhouse. The trailhead at a small dirt parking area on the right and is a short distance beyond Jack’s Valley School on Jack’s Valley Road. To get there you can either drive to Reno and take 395 south to Jack’s Valley Road (a mile or so after 50 West intersection) or take 267 to 28 down the east side of the Lake to Spooner summit and Rt 50 to 395 south. Take Jake’s Valley road about a mile and you will see the Jack’s Valley School (on the left). The parking area (and trailhead) is another 1/4 mile on the right (you will see an information kiosk). At least one car will need to be left at the end of the hike (on Rt 50) to take drivers back to the trailhead.
              LINKS: Clear Creek
              DOGS: OK
              TYPE: Black
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              HIKE: Christopher’s Loop (Herlan Peak) Spur Trail
              DISTANCE: (3 Options)  1. 12.4 Miles; 2. 12.4 Miles or 3. 18.4 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1. +2200’
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Option 1 (out and back) starts at Tunnel Creek Road to TRT (3.2 miles up), TRT to Christopher’s Loop (2.4 miles); Loop is 1.2 miles. Option 2 starts at Tahoe Meadows and finishes at the Ponderosa via Tunnel Creek Road 12.4 miles; Option 3 starts at Tahoe Meadows, continues to Christopher’s Loop, and then backtracks to Tunnel Creek Road and finishes at the Ponderosa 18.4 miles)
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 45 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Ponderosa or Tahoe Meadows
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Coldstream to Lost Trails Lodge
              DISTANCE:  8 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/-500 feet
              DIFFICULTY: easy – mostly flat just one hill at the very beginning/short scramble up to and over the railroad track
              DESCRIPTION:  We will walk up the trail overlooking Coldstream passing the gravel pits on the left side.  At the end of the furthest pond (Merrill’s Pond) we will walk 2 more miles to the Lost Trails Lodge crossing over the railroad tracks at Horseshoe Bend.   There is a new walking bridge to cross over the stream, much more substantial than in years past.   We will return on the other side of the ponds on the road.
              TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 10 – 15  minutes from NW Clubhouse.  From Donner Pass Road,  turn on to Coldstream passing the gas station at the I-80 freeway ramp.  Drive past the Truckee Donner Lodge and park at the end of the paved road, where the road splits into the gravel pits.  There is usually plenty of parking along the State Park but please carpool so we do not take all of the parking.
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS: Yes-Leashed
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              HIKE:  Crows Nest
              DISTANCE: 5-6 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +900-1,100 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate, 200 foot scramble to peak (optional) is strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Approximately 3 hour hike.  Crows Nest is the knobby peak just west of Mt. Disney.  The Sugar Bowl Crows Nest chair ends just below the peak.  Some of the trail uses Royal Gorge ski trails, some is single track trail, and the peak involves a scramble up dirt and rock.  The trail starts on Royal Gorge ski trails, diverts to trail over Rowton Peak and along Razorback Ridge, then to the base of the Crows Nest volcanic outcrop which is steep.  Return back down (meet those who chose not to climb) and come back through the forest on another trail to Soda Springs Road, and a 5-10 minute walk back to the cars.  Great views of Serene Lakes, Castle Peak, and the Royal Gorge to the west
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is 15 miles (20 minutes) from Northwoods Clubhouse.  1111 Soda Springs Road (end of paved road across from Ice Lakes Lodge).  
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS:  Yes but  restricted from scramble up Crows Nest until any hikers without dogs have made it

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              HIKE:  Devil’s Oven Lake Loop
              DISTANCE:  12 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +/-1450’
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Hike begins at Donner Summit and follows the Warren Lake trail past the Frog’s Lake overlook, then along the Devil’s Lake trail cutoff to the PCT and back over Castle Pass to Donner Summit rest stop
              TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Westbound Donner Summit rest stop on Hwy 80
              LINKS:  The Tahoe Sierra, pg 166
              DOGS:  Yes
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              HIKE:  Dick’s Lake & Upper Velma Lake and Return
              DISTANCE:  10.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +/- 2750’
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  A partial loop through the heart of Desolation Wilderness with cirque bound lakes amid the Sierra granite that makes the area so picturesque and provide fine swimming
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 50 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Bayview trailhead on Highway 89 south at Emerald Bay
              LINKS:
              DOGS:  Yes
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              HIKE: Donner Lake Rim Trail – Bermgarten to Drifter Hut
              DISTANCE: 11 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 1200 (estimate)
              DIFFICULTY: Easy (black).
              DESCRIPTION: Hike follows the Donner Lake Rim Trail from the Bermgarten trailhead in Tahoe Donner to the Drifter Hut and back. This trail was recently completed by the Land Trust and Tahoe Donner and is a gentle climb with panoramic views of Donner Lake.
              MEETING PLACE/TIME: Bermgarten Trailhead
              TRAILHEAD:TH is approximately 5-10 minutes from NW Clubhouse. The hike starts at the Bermgarten trailhead in Tahoe Donner. Coming up Northwoods Blvd. from Truckee, turn left at the light, then left onto Skislope Way in about .5 mile, then left onto Bermgarten Road. The trailhead is at the end of Bermgarten.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Donner CampGround Loop
              DISTANCE: 13 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: unknown
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: We will start on the Emigrant Trail, cross over Hwy. 89 and take the Prosser Creek Trail into the Carpenter Valley, eventually crossing Prosser Creek, and then follow the Drunken Deer Trail that parallels Alder Creek Road back to the Donner Campground. Those wanting a shorter hike can arrange to leave a car in the Carpenter Valley.
              MEETING PLACE/TIME: Northwoods Clubhouse
              TRAILHEAD:TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Donner Camp Picnic Area off of highway 89. From Truckee, take 80 east to Highway 89 North. Take 89 N 2.5 miles. Look for Donner Camp Picnic Site on the right.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Donner Lake to Coldstream
              DISTANCE:
              ELEVATION CHANGE:
              DIFFICULTY:
              DESCRIPTIONAWAITING HIKE LEADER’S INPUT
              MEETING PLACE/TIME: Northwoods Clubhouse 8 am OR  XX  at Trailhead
              TRAILHEAD:
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes – must be on lead when we come down to the lake
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              HIKE: Donner State Park
              DISTANCE: ~5-6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: negligible
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  We will enter Donner State Park from Cold Stream Road and head up to the SouthWest end of the park using back paths where possible – fallen trees are limiting us somewhat. We will then walk along along the footpath and beaches to the Tahoe Donner Beach (ice-cream anyone?) and back to the cars winding thru the beautiful forested area of the park.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10-15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at Cold Stream Rd at the open gate just beyond the “Gate Closed” sign.  From Donner Pass Rd going west, turn left at the intersection just after crossing over I80 (right would take you onto 80) and proceed down past the gas stations. Continue on Cold Stream Road, you will come to a parking area with a ‘No Entry’ sign at the far end, to the left of this signed gate continue up the road, past the ‘Gate Closed’ sign to the parking area just before the gate. This is our trailhead. (the gate is open so don’t continue up past it…)
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes – must be on lead when we come down to the lake
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              HIKE: Donner Summit Canyon
              DISTANCE: 6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1000 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The trail up the canyon follows much of the old Dutch Flat/Donner Lake Wagon Road, which later served as the Lincoln Highway. Some of the historic features visible from the upper part of the trail include Native American petroglyphs, the China Wall, and the world’s first automobile underpass (1913). Look for the abandoned Turkey Truck that careened off the road in 1955, scattering 30,000 pounds of frozen turkeys down the 175’ drop and delaying Thanksgiving dinner for hungry Nevadans!
              The trail loosely follows the original Lincoln Highway route. The route traverses Donner Summit Creek and offers spectacular views of Donner Lake, Donner Peak, and Schallenberger Ridge as it climbs to Donner Summit.
              For a green hike, stop at the Kathy Polucha Kessler Memorial Picnic Area with an amazing view of Donner Lake.
              TRAILHEAD: From Truckee, proceed West on Donner Pass Road along the North Shore of Donner Lake. As you approach the West end of Donner Lake, go past South Shore Drive and continue up along Old Highway 40 towards Donner Summit. The trail head and parking area is on the left, roughly 1/3 of a mile from South Shore Drive (If you reach the winter closure gate, you have gone too far).   Please carpool with whomever you are comfortable with as parking is limited at trailhead.
              LINKS: Johnson Canyon
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE:  Donner Summit to Frog Lake to ACAC (BLACK)
              DISTANCE:  12 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1,400/- 2,000’
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike is a great opportunity to visit the Frog Lake camp which was recently acquired and improved by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. Hike follows the PCT from the trailhead near Boreal, crosses under I80 then follows the Warren Lake trail to the Frog Lake overlook. Just beyond the overlook the trail descends to Frog Lake and the Euer Valley then returns to the ACAC.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  The starting point for this hike is the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail near Boreal. West of Donner Summit take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge Road exit from I80. Drive to the frontage road on the south side of the freeway and proceed east 0.3 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area.
              This hike requires a shuttle so meeting place will be at Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner. Do not meet at PCT trailhead.
              LINKS:  Lake Tahoe by Mike White, page 45
              DOGS:  Yes
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              HIKE: Donner Summit to Johnson Canyon (1-way hike, car shuttle required)
              DISTANCE: 8 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: Minor elevation gain during initial part of hike, then downhill to Johnson Canyon
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  A one-way trip, starting at the Castle Valley Trailhead, turning onto the PCT and Donner Rim Trail, passing Summit Lake, then down to the Wendin Way Trail.  Fall colors are beginning to show on many of the bushes.  We will park half of the cars at each end of the hike, so lots of volunteers will be needed for driving.  Please be advised that you will be able to hear the freeway traffic during most of the hike.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15-20 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Take the Donner Lake Exit on Interstate 80, about halfway between Donner Summit and Truckee. At the bottom of the off ramp, head north (uphill) about 300 yards to the trailhead where there is a large parking area and kiosks with a map of the area and background information.
              LINKS: Johnson Canyon
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE:   Donner Summit to Squaw Valley
              DISTANCE:  15 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +3000’/-3800’
              DIFFICULTY:  Strenuous, only for accomplished hikers who have hiked with the TD hiking club previously
              DESCRIPTION: An annual favorite! There are incredible views along this trail. With significant elevation changes, it is important to carry enough water. The hike follows the PCT from the trailhead off Highway 40 near Sugarbowl past Tinker’s Knob to the Granite Chief Trail. Turn left and descend to the valley or turn right and climb to the monument at the top of Squaw Valley ski area and take the tram down to the valley. Meet at the Auld Dubliner in the village for liquid refreshments. Requires car shuttle or drop off/pick up.
              TRAILHEAD:  PCT trailhead off Highway 40 at Donner Summit.  This is a one way hike. It is important to coordinate pick up at end of hike.  Hikers may be dropped off at the TH, but are asked not to leave a car there unless they have arranged their own transportation to retrieve it at the end of the hike.

              LINKS:  Donner Summit to Squaw Valley
              DOGS:  None unless you make your own transportation arrangements
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              HIKE: Dry Pond Loop
              DISTANCE: ~5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 450 ft
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a moderate hike through mostly forested areas.  It begins at Thomas Creek, goes about 1 1/2 miles and turns left, uphill toward Dry Pond.  At the opposite end of the pond, the trail starts downhill and joins the Whites Creek trail.  All junctions are well marked.  In the more open areas, there are views of Washoe Valley, Slide Mt. And Mt Rose.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at Whites Creeks trailhead to plan shuttle.  This trailhead is off Timberline Rd. off the Mt Rose Highway.  From Incline, Timberline is a left turn past the Galena Visitor’s Center.  From Reno it is a right turn past the Thomas Creek stop light.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: East Shore Beaches – Whale and Chimney
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +150′ -350′
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  Hike about 2.3 miles south on dirt road to Whale beach. Whale Beach owes its name to the fact that several rocks located just offshore look hauntingly similar to whales coming up for a breath. This beach is small and most secluded. Then loop back along lakeside trail to Chimney Beach for lunch but be prepared for the possibility of encountering nude sunbathers. Then back to starting parking lot
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Highway 28 National Forest parking lot on right –2.5 miles south of Sand Harbor St. Park.  Drive on highway 28 to a signed Forest Service parking lot on the west side of the highway, approximately 2.5 miles south of Sand Harbor. Parking can be limited so car pooling is recommended. The trailhead has vault toilets
              LINKS:
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Echo Summit to Big Meadow (TRT)
              DISTANCE: 17.3 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Between Echo Summit and Big Meadow on the Tahoe Rim Trail, the trail wanders through dense stands of pine, fir and aspen to lakes, creeks and meadows. Beautiful wild flowers.
              TRAILHEAD: Leave cars at Big Meadow: On Hwy 89, 5.3 mi. south of the US 50/ Hwy 89 junction in Meyers. Vault toilets. Start Hwy 50 at Echo Summit. Parking lot on the south side of the road. Vault toilets.
              LINKS:
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Ella Lake, formerly Dry Lake
              DISTANCE: ~6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 800 ft
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Short hike to a new lake that was dammed recently behind Juniper Hills. First mile is along paved road to Martis Dam, nice chance to visit since it’s wide and open.  Next we head uphill for about 1.5 miles and then the trail levels out for a half mile to the lake.  There is a picnic table and swimming option.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at end of Martis Dam Rd at gate by entrance to Gliderport.  Take Hwy 267 from Truckee towards Northstar, left turn at Martis Dam Rd.  Drive to end.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes but leashed in Waddle Ranch Preserve
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              HIKE: Ellis Peak and Ellis lake
              DISTANCE: 8.6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1575/-425 ft
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Ellis Lake and Ellis Peak occupy a ridgetop between Blackwood and McKinney canyons. Although the first 0.7 miles are steep this out and back hike offers a scenic mountaintop vista of Lake Tahoe and west shore peaks. .
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  End of pavement on Barker Pass Road on Tahoe west shore, 4.3 miles south of Tahoe City..
              LINKS: Lake Tahoe Top Trails, Mike White
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Emigrant Trail Stage 1
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  You will hike through gentle rolling hills, meadows, and cross some small streams.   We will start at the Captain Roberts overflow boat parking lot and finish when we reach Old Reno Road.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Donner Party Picnic Area off of highway 89.  From Truckee, take 80 east to Highway 89 North.  Take 89 N 2.5 miles.  Look for Donner Camp Picnic Site on the right.
              LINKSEmigrant Trail
              DOGS: Yes – Leashed only
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              HIKE: Emigrant Trail Stage 2
              DISTANCE: ~8 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  We will travel through the woods and cross a beautiful meadow.  At Prosser Creek we will have to hike around the crossing using the 89 Bridge unless water levels have dropped substantially.   We will decide whether to do a key exchange or shuttle depending on number of participants.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Donner Party Picnic Area off of highway 89.   From Truckee, take 80 east to Highway 89 North.  Take 89 N 2.5 miles.  Look for Donner Camp Picnic Site on the right.
              LINKSEmigrant Trail
              DOGS: Yes –Leashed
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              • HIKE: Emigrant Trail Stage 3
                DISTANCE: ~6 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
                DIFFICULTY: Easy
                DESCRIPTION:  We will travel west through the woods parallel to Alder Creek Drive ending at the TD Campground.  It is a pleasant partially shady 3 mile walk along single track.    Please keep an eye out for mountain bikers.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Turn right off Schussing Way and Drive east on Alder Creek Road  to the small parking lot on the right.  If you get to Stoney Creek Ct or 89 you have got too far.
                LINKSEmigrant Trail
                DOGS: Yes –but not recommended – this is single track with  multiple mountain bikers.
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              HIKE: Euer Valley
              DISTANCE: ~6.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 600 ft
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  Our easy hike into the Euer Valley provides beautiful views.
              TRAILHEAD:  Alder Creek Adventure Center
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Euer Valley to Crabtree Canyon and back by East Mustang Sally trail
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1000′
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Crabtree Canyon is the new TD property.  We will return back on single track with a view at the top of the Euer Valley.  Weather depending, we can see the aspen changing colors.
              TRAILHEAD: Alder Creek Adventure Center
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Feather Falls
              DISTANCE: 9 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 900’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Long drive (we may go down the night before), but worth it. Follow the Feather Falls Trail on a loop (upper and lower trails) through the Feather Falls scenic area to an overlook of 410-foot Feather Falls. There is interesting flora as well as boulders with Native American grinding mortars. A write-up for the CA Native Plant Society magazine calls the trail challenging, but rewarding. The trailhead is about 25 miles outside of Oroville.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 2.5 hour drive from NW Clubhouse.  Follow directions from your location to the Feather Falls Trailhead using Google maps
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: Not recommended due to proliferation of poison oak off trail
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              HIKE: Five Lakes Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail and Alpine Meadows
              DISTANCE: 8-9 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1800′
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  The Five Lakes Trail winds its way up the north side of the Alpine Meadows valley to the beautiful Five Lakes basin. The trail climbs along a ridge overlooking a rocky canyon into the Granite Chief Wilderness with spectacular granite formations and sheer cliffs.   The lakes particularly the second one is a short distance off of the trail and is very swimable.  Return back to the trail after  your swim
              The hike starts at the Five Lakes trailhead and continues up the trail to the junction with the PCT. Turn left (south) on the PCT, climbing the ridge behind Alpine Meadows.  The trail has quite a few switchbacks, mostly in the forest. The last part of the climb is on an open west facing ridge, with great views out to the wilderness. Look over the ridge down to Estelle Lake, which is located in one of the Alpine Meadows bowls (this makes it a 6 lakes trail!).  Go off the PCT briefly to go over the ridge just before Ward Peak and come down on cat track trails through the Alpine Meadows Ski area.  The cat track road has loose rock and is slippery in places .
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Five Lakes trailhead.  We will drive cars to Alpine Meadows parking lot near the lodge, beyond the green barricade and shuttling back a minimum number of cars with all the drivers eliminating a 1.3 mile walk back down the road to the trailhead.
              LINKSFive Lakes Trail
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Five Lakes O&B from Alpine Meadows Road
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1118′
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Five Lakes Trail hike is a moderate 5-mile out and back hike, starting from the trailhead on Alpine Meadows Road. It rises quickly to stunning granite walls and boulders to a grouping of five lakes at the top. Rated as moderate. Best hiking from June until October, without needing snow gear (snowshoes or yaktrax). Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Parking is on both sides of the road near trailhead or find legal spaces up and down the road.
              TRAILHEAD:  Meet at Trailhead.  Alpine Meadows Road, across from Deer Park Drive
              LINKSFive Lakes Trail
              DOGS: On lease only
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              HIKE: Five Lakes to Squaw Valley
              DISTANCE: 13.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Take the Five Lakes Trail to the PCT. Head north 6.5 miles to the Granite Chief Trail and down to Squaw Valley. (Shorter option is to take a social trail from the PCT to the monument, hike down to the tram building and take the Tram down to Squaw Valley).
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse Or Squaw Valley Granite Chief Trail (trail’s end) approximately 40 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Five Lakes TH, 2.1 miles from Hwy. 89 on the Alpine Meadows Road
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Flora Lake Hike
              DISTANCE: ~7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 200 ft
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate with some rocky sections
              DESCRIPTION:  Pacific Crest Trail from the Sugar Bowl Academy parking lot to Flora Lake. The PCT will take us Azalea Lake where we will backtrack to Flora Lake returning the same route. There is an opportunity to swim in Flora Lake. A shorter option is to return when we arrive at the cutoff for Azalea Lake.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at at Sugar Bowl Academy.  Drive Donner Pass Road to Summit, parking lot is 50 feet past the summit on the left.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes – leashed
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              HIKE:  Floriston to Verdi
              DISTANCE: 11.1 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1141 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This trail is part of the  Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway. It features a variety of conditions from single track trail to pavement, gravel, dirt roads and rocky flats. There are bits of strenuous climbing on the route going in either direction.  Much of the way will include highway noise, but the chance to walk along the route that most of us drive will give you vantage points of the Truckee River few others see.  We should be able to take most of the route at a good clip. This is a one way hike and a car shuttle will be organized before the hike begins.
              TRAILHEAD:    TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Floriston west end of trail: Exit at Floriston, which is about 10  miles east of 267 on ramp in Truckee.  Keep right to come around under the highway and a little ways up the hill, turning right at the tiny, tiny Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway sign to find parking along the roadway before the big boulder pictured.
              Shuttle Directions  (to be organized by hike leader)  to parking at  end of the trail at Verdi:  About 10 more miles east of the Floriston exit, take the Verdi, Gold Ranch Road, exit, which takes you under the highway to a stop sign. The trailhead will be 3.1 miles from this point, following this route:. Turn right. Then right at Crystal Park Road. Right at Quilici Ranch Road.  Drive 1.6 miles to parking area at end. Park. Walk over tracks (sign says “Private RR Crossing”) to find trail head with the tiny, tiny Tahoe Pyramid Trail sign.
              LINKS: AllTrails Information
              DOGS: Leashed

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              HIKE: Frog Lake Black
              DISTANCE: 10 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 1100′ or +/-1400′ with Red Mountain option
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous/Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Hike starts from the Tahoe Donner Alder Creek Adventure Center and proceeds through the Euer Valley, up Crabtree Ridge to the Frog Lake road which leads to the Land Trust property at Frog Lake. Hikers can return by the same route or by way of Red Mountain.
              TRAILHEAD: Tahoe Donner Alder Creek Adventure Center (ACAC)
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Frog Lake Overlook
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1500 ft.
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The hike to Frog Lake Overlook is a fine jaunt for hikers who can manage a steady 2 mile climb. The effort is well rewarded by the incredible views from the overlook, where you can gaze straight down the sheer, 1000-foot cliff to Frog Lake and take in the surrounding peaks and ridges of the northern Sierra.  In addition, you can see Euer Valley and Tahoe Donner.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  West of Donner Summit, take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge exit from I-80 and drive to the frontage road to the south side of the freeway.  Head East on this road .3 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE:  Hunter Creek Trail
              DISTANCE: 6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: approximate 1000 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: This trail is mostly exposed and uphill for the first two miles, with some rocky trail sections and 3 stream crossings.  We will move from high desert into an alpine forest environment.  Don’t be discouraged as our uphill work is rewarded with a lovely waterfall at the end!
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 35 minutes from Truckee Rec Center.  Take 80 towards Reno.   Take the West 4th street exit.  Turn right at the second street, Mayberry Drive.  Turn right at the second street, Plateau Road.  Continue up Plateau and where the climb begins to level out, turn right onto Woodchuck Circle which dead ends at the trailhead.   There are restroom facilities at the trailhead.
              LINKSHunter Creek Trail
              DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Fuller Lake Loop
                DISTANCE:~ 10 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 2,000 ft.
                DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
                DESCRIPTION:  This is a new hike in an area we have not previously explored. It is very pretty; we start off along the Truckee River then head up into the hills thru pine groves, areas of deciduous trees and open grassland. We return down a steep path – poles recommended.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Quilici Ranch Rd., Verdi – park just before the road crosses the railway line.
                LINKS: none
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Glacier Lake
                DISTANCE: 11 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 600′
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate (black)
                DESCRIPTION: Hike starts at the Grouse Ridge TH and takes us on a loop to the Five Lakes Basin and Glacier Lake. Provides beautiful panoramic views of the Five Lakes Basin.
                TRAILHEAD: Take Hwy 80 west to Hwy 20. Follow Hwy 20 for about 4 miles and turn right on Bowman Lake Road. Continue 8 miles to Grouse Ridge Road which continues unpaved to Grouse Ridge Trailhead. It is recommended that we carpool in high clearance vehicles from Bowman Lake Road/Hwy 20 junction.
                LINKS: n/a
                DOGS: OK
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                HIKE: Glacier Way to Donner Ski Ranch
                DISTANCE: 11 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
                DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate
                DESCRIPTION: Glacier Way TH to the Donner Lake Rim Trail, across Johnson Canyon to Summit Lake. Continue to the PCT and turn south. Turn west past Azalea, Flora and Angela Lakes, past catfish pond and finish at Donner Ski Ranch.
                TRAILHEAD: Glacier Way
                LINKS: n/a
                DOGS: OK
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                HIKE: Glacier Way to Warming Hut via Donner Ridge
                DISTANCE: 5 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: 800 feet
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  This out and back hike starts from the Glacier Way parking lot and heads west from the iron gate on the fire road and down to the Donner Lake overlook marked by a viewing bench. There are fantastic views of the Carson Range, Sierra Crest and Castle Peak. The path climbs back to the main trail and then there is a second overlook with a picnic table that has a view of the west end of Donner Lake. Continue north on the single track as it climbs over the ridge and leads to the warming hut which is the turnaround point.
                TRAILHEAD: Glacier Way
                LINKS: n/a
                DOGS: OK but leashed
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                HIKE: Glen Alpine Loop
                DISTANCE: 13.5 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: 2,290
                DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
                DESCRIPTION:  Glen Alpine Loop is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features lakes and is rated as difficult. It starts at the end of Fallen Leaf Lake, intersects with the PCT and travels past Susie Lake, Heather Lake, and Lake Aloha. One views Echo Lake before turning left on the Tamarack Trail back to Fallen Leaf Road.
                TRAILHEAD:  From Truckee, take Hwy. 89 south. Turn right on Fallen Leaf Road and follow it straight past the firehouse to the parking lot for Desolation Wilderness. Restroom available.
                 LINKS: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/glen-alpine-loop
                 DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Glen Alpine to Susie Lake
                DISTANCE: 9 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +1400′
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:   This hike provides a fine example of the Desolation Wilderness experience, visiting the granite country for which the area is noted. An easy section of the hike will take us to Glen Alpine Springs, before a moderate climb to Susie Lake.  John Muir’s endorsement of the area reads, “The Glen Alpine Springs tourist resort seems to me one of the delightful places in all the famous Tahoe region. From no other valley, as far as I know, may excursions be made in a single day to so many peaks, wild gardens, glacier lakes, glacier meadows and alpine groves, cascades, etc.” There is very little water running in Glen Alpine Creek but Susie Lake is full and will be a great place for lunch and/or a swim. The entire hike will take approximately 4-5 hours.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1.5  hours from NW Clubhouse.  Carpool to the trailhead–past Emerald Bay to the enchanting Fallen Leaf Lake. From Truckee, follow 89 south and turn right on Fallen Leaf Road.  Proceed 4.6 miles to the far end of Fallen Leaf Lake through empty pine/aspen woodland, past a USFS campground and then along the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, where the road narrows and is bordered by big trees close to the edge. Turn left at the signed junction for Glen Alpine and proceed on a very narrow paved road for a half mile to the trailhead parking area just past a bridge over Glen Alpine Creek. The trailhead has vault toilets for your convenience.
                LINKSGlen Alpine to Susie Lake
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Hawks Peak At Ski Slope
                DISTANCE: 3.8 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: 761 feet
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  Hawk’s Peak is a 3.8 moderate trail that features beautiful wildflowers and views of Tahoe Donner and Tahoe mountains.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  From Northwoods Blvd. in Truckee, take Fjord Rd. Turn left on Alder Creek Rd. Take the first left onto Skislope Way. Go for just 1 mile to the trail head on the right. Street parking only (do not block the fire road exit).
                LINKS: none
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Hawks Peak Loop
                DISTANCE: 10 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,450
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  We will walk from the Skislope trail head (#30) to Glacier Way to Drifter Hut to Hawks Peak and loop back to the trail head. We will have wonderful views and some wild flowers.There is a large snow field by the Drifter Hut and we HIGHLY recommend walking poles for this part of the hike.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  #30 at the junction of Skislope and Copenhagen. See Tahoe Donner hiking map on TD website.
                LINKS: none
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: High Sierra Lakes -4 lakes
                DISTANCE:  6 Mile loop
                ELEVATION CHANGE: ~300’
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  We will visit 4 hidden alpine lakes between the Old Hwy 40 and Boreal; Catfish Lake, and Lakes Angela, Flora, and Azalea.   We will begin on the PCT, take a detour to the lakes, and return on the PCT.   This trail has excellent views of Donner Lake and the historical summit.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Sugar Bowl Academy at the summit of Old Hwy 40 at 8:30a.m.  Take Old 40 to the former Sugar Bowl Academy at the summit of Old 40 and park.  The trail begins across the road and is marked with the PCT sign.
                LINKSHigh Sierra Lakes
                DOGS: Yes- Leashed
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                HIKE: High Sierra Lakes- 3 lakes
                DISTANCE: ~5.5 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: 200-300 ft
                DIFFICULTY: Easy – Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  We will visit three hidden alpine lakes between Interstate 80 and Old Highway 40:  Azalea, Flora and Lake Angela.   We will begin at the PCT trailhead near Boreal, and take a side trip off the PCT to the lakes.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at Pacific Crest Trailhead.  From Truckee, take I-80 West to the Castle Peak / Boreal Ridge Rd. Exit (#176).  Go Left under the Freeway, then Left again at the T-intersection to the Pacific Crest Trailhead parking lot.
                LINKSHigh Sierra Lakes
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Hole in the Ground
                DISTANCE: 12 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 2000’
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  Starts at trailhead on Castle Pass road.  Climbs to Andesite Peak, continues past Sand Ridge and Lower Lola Montez lakes to Soda Springs fire station.  Shuttle required.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from Northwoods Clubhouse.
                Approximately 1 mile in on Castle Pass road off of I80 (first exit after Donner Summit westbound).  Finishes at Soda Springs fire station at Soda Springs exit from I80.
                LINKS: none
                DOGS: Yes
                Hike Type: BLACK
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              HIKE:  Hunter Creek Trail
              DISTANCE: 6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: approximate 1000 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: This trail is mostly exposed and uphill for the first two miles, with some rocky trail sections and 3 stream crossings.  We will move from high desert into an alpine forest environment.  Don’t be discouraged as our uphill work is rewarded with a lovely waterfall at the end!
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 35 minutes from Truckee Rec Center.  Take 80 towards Reno.   Take the West 4th street exit.  Turn right at the second street, Mayberry Drive.  Turn right at the second street, Plateau Road.  Continue up Plateau and where the climb begins to level out, turn right onto Woodchuck Circle which dead ends at the trailhead.   There are restroom facilities at the trailhead.
              LINKSHunter Creek Trail
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Incline Lake/Gray Lake Semi-Loop
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Take the Incline Lake Trail to the TRT. Hike west on the TRT to the 2nd trail leading to Gray Lake. Return to TRT, Incline lake Trail and the cars.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 50 minutes from NW Clubhouse Or approximately 30 minus from Crystal Bay Covered Parking Garage . Trailhead SR 431 (the Mt. Rose Highway) app. 6 miles from the Hwy. 28 junction
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Independence Lake
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +300′
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  Independence Lake is one of the most pristine alpine lakes west of the Rockies. The lake and surrounding alpine forests offer exceptional recreation, including hiking, fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Independence Lake’s beauty and rustic nature are matched only by the amazing biodiversity that it supports. Independence Lake is home to one of only two wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the world – a fish that has been lost from 99% of its historic range.  We will hike along the north shore of the lake about 5 miles roundtrip.  The hike is rated easy with less than 300 feet of elevation gain. We cannot circle the lake because of spawning trout.
              If you want to kayak, you will need to sign waivers at the range stations. Kayaks cannot be reserved.   No outside kayaks are allowed
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Donner Camp Historical Site Parking Lot off of Highway 89.  From there, we will caravan about 17 miles northbound on Highway 89. Turn left on Forest Road 07 signed Jackson Meadow Lake and Independence Lake.  The last 4.5 miles are on a bumpy dirt road, which should not be a problem for most vehicles.  Carpool only with others planning on the same level of activity as you.
              LINKSIndependence Lake
              DOGS: Leashed
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              HIKE: Independence Lake II Meadow Loop
              DISTANCE: 6.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +300′
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  Independence Lake is under the auspices of the Nature Conservancy and is a nature preserve. The lake is one of the most pristine alpine lakes in the west and along with the surrounding alpine forests offers exceptional recreation, including hiking, fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Independence Lake is home to one of only two wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the world – a fish that has been lost from 99% of its historic range. We will begin our hike on the newly constructed “Meadow Trail” and then join the North Shore trail. The hike is about 6.5 miles and is rated easy with less than 300 feet of elevation gain. The North Shore portion is out-and-back.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  We will meet at the Donner Camp Historical Site parking lot off of Highway 89. From there, we will caravan about 17 miles northbound on Highway 89. Turn left on Forest Road 07 signed Jackson Meadow Lake and Independence Lake. The last 4.5 miles are on a bumpy dirt road, (Road 350) which should not be a problem for vehicles with some clearance (not advisable for Teslas, Prius, or low clearance cars).
              LINKSIndependence Lake
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Independence Lake to Mt Lola (BLUE)
              DISTANCE: 8+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1600′
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Begin at Independence Lake and head west then north approaching Mt. Lola from the southeast. Considerable elevation gain. Return by the same route. This is a new hike and the exact route will be scouted before the hike date.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Donner Camp Historical Site Parking Lot off of Highway 89.  From there, we will caravan about 17 miles northbound on Highway 89. Turn left on Forest Road 07 signed Jackson Meadow Lake and Independence Lake.  The last 4.5 miles are on a bumpy dirt road, which should not be a problem for most vehicles.  Carpool only with others planning on the same level of activity as you.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: NO
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              HIKE: Jones Whites Creek Loop
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 2525’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Leads from low elevation forest, up to high, open terrain with grand views of the east flank of the Carson Range, particularly Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain. The loop visits two tumbling creeks, Jones and Whites, where prolific aspen groves douse the canyons with brilliant gold in autumn.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 50 minutes from NW Clubhouse Or approximately 30 minus from Crystal Bay Covered Parking Garage .    Trailhead: ½ mile off SR 431 in Galena Creek County Park.
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK

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              HIKE: Frog Lake Overlook

              DISTANCE: 8 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1500 ft.
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The hike to Frog Lake Overlook is a fine jaunt for hikers who can manage a steady 2 mile climb. The effort is well rewarded by the incredible views from the overlook, where you can gaze straight down the sheer, 1000-foot cliff to Frog Lake and take in the surrounding peaks and ridges of the northern Sierra.  In addition, you can see Euer Valley and Tahoe Donner.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  West of Donner Summit, take the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge exit from I-80 and drive to the frontage road to the south side of the freeway.  Head East on this road .3 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: TRT – Kingsbury North to Van Sickle Bi-State Park (Black)
              DISTANCE:  9.6 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Car shuttle. Moderate hike with great views of Lake Tahoe. Start on the eastern portion of the Daggett Loop, cross Benjamin to the TRT and follow it south to the Van Sickle Connector. End in Van Sickle Bi-State Park (behind Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe).
              MEETING PLACE: Northwoods Clubhouse; Crystal Bay: Van Sickle Bi-State Park.
              TRAILHEAD: From Truckee, Hwy. 267 to Hwy. 28 to Hwy. 50 to Hwy 207 (Kingsbury Grade).  Turn left on Benjamin toward Brautovitch Park and follow the paved road all the way to the end. (Note:car shuttle – no one meets at TH).
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Lacy Meadows/Webber Lake
              DISTANCE: 6+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: mostly flat
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:   The Lacey Valley Trail, about six miles roundtrip, offers an easy and memorable hike. The meadows offer spectacular wildflowers in spring and summer and are host to over one hundred species of birds, including rare and endangered species. The trail begins at trailhead at the west end of the lake. (Signs will direct you.) There is not a bridge across Lacey Creek and for most of the summer your feet will get wet. The trail is wide and mostly flat with an uphill section between Lower and Lacey Meadows. The hike ends where the trail meets the Meadow Lake Road. Return the same way you came. A picnic lunch at Webber Lake, 5 minute drive from the trailhead, is a lovely way to end this hike.
              TRAILHEAD: Second meeting place is  Donner Party Picnic Area 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  (There is a sign noting the picnic area).  TH:  From Hwy 89, about 17 miles north of Truckee, take Jackson Meadows Road west about 8 miles to the sign for Webber Lake. Turn left and proceed down a dirt road for about a quarter mile. At a closed gate, the road forks to the right and in about another quarter of a mile is a dirt road to the left and a sign pointing to the TDLT Lacey Meadows parking area. Follow this road for about 0.6 mile to the parking area, interpretive kiosks, and maps of the area
              LINKSLacey Meadows
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Lake Aloha
              DISTANCE: 12+ miles hike (see water taxi alternative)
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,300’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Gorgeous 12+ miles hike….unless you take the water taxi through the lake (also beautiful) which cuts 2 miles off each way. Taxi cost $ each way. Be mindful of the distance. Bring food and water. We will have to sign in as we enter the wilderness area as day hikers.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 1/2 hour from NW Clubhouse. (Contact Leader if Alternate meeting place is needed)
              LINKSLake Aloha
              DOGS: NO
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              HIKE: Lake Genevieve/Crag Lake/Stoney Ridge Lake
              DISTANCE: 9 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Lake Genevieve is a 4.5 miles hike in with the first mile flat and a very gradual increase.  It would be a leisurely hike with long lunch and swim around lake. Follow the trail around the east shore of Lake Genevieve and make a short, steady climb to Crag Lake. If you continue, you’ll reach the north shore of Stoney Ridge Lake, 6.3 miles from the Meeks Bay TH.  Upon return, Meeks Bay is across the street and if anyone wants to paddle (kayak or paddle board) that’s an option too.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Meeks Bay Trailhead.  Take Highway 89 to the Meeks Bay Resort. Parking is located across the highway from the resort at a small dirt parking lot.
              LINKSLake Genevieve
              DOGS: Yes-Leashed
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              HIKE: Lake View and up the TRT above the Fiberboard
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 500 ( there is a lot of up and down to this hike)
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate ( recommend poles, lots of rocks at the water tower)
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a loop trail above Tahoe Vista. Leave the Kings Wood West neighborhood and climb to magnificent view of Lake Tahoe. From there descend to some well established trails and single track up to the Fiberboard Fwy. Cross it and head up the TRT until it crosses the Fiberboard again. Turn around and hike back to the first crossing. From there we take the dirt road and some neighborhood trails back to the neighborhood trailhead. For those not wanting to retrace their steps on the TRT, they can walk the paved Fiberboard and meet back at the crossing to head down the hill together.
              TRAILHEAD: Northwoods clubhouse.  Coming from Truckee over 267, turn rt onto North National. Turn rt onto Regency. Travel Regency to Kings Way. Turn left. Go to the end of the street and park on the street. This is not a designated trailhead, so there is no sign.
              DOGS: Yes-Leashed
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              HIKE: Lakes Basin and Mount Elwell
              DISTANCE: 8.2 miles round trip
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1600 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate to strenuous (for optional climb up Mt Elwell)
              DESCRIPTION:  This is an out and back route traversing through the heart of the Lakes Basin Recreational Area (in Plumas National Forest just north of Gold Lake).  We will pass numerous scenic rock-encircled high Sierra lakes with good swimming and fishing.   An 0.8 mile steep climb up to the summit of Mt Elwell is rewarded by panoramic views over the Lakes Basin and northern Sierra Nevada.
              TRAILHEAD: Northwoods Clubhouse.  We will carpool to  trailhead (north on 89 to Sierraville; west on 49; north on Gold Lake Hwy)
              LINKS: Plumas National Forest Lakes Basin Recreation Area
              DOGS: Yes – leashed when in developed recreational sites
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              HIKE: Lake Sterling (black)
              DISTANCE: 8 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 800 ft’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:   The hike starts at the west end of Lake Sterling and proceeds on a loop around several secluded lakes and ponds. It provides awesome views of Old Man Mountain, Fordyce Lake and surrounding peaks. Trail is rough with fallen trees, some bushwhacking or water crossings may be required. Long pants, long sleeve shirt and hiking poles recommended.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1/2  hour from NW Clubhouse.  Take I 80 west and exit at Cisco Grove (Exit 165). Head west on the north side frontage road for about 1/4 mile. Turn right on Fordyce/Rattlesnake Road. Continue 6 miles on dirt road to end of Sterling Lake. Road is graded with some rough sections. High clearance vehicles recommended.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Lake Winnemucca
              DISTANCE: 5.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 600’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The hike begins at the Carson Pass Visitor’s Center on Hwy 88, goes through forest, into the meadows, and on to the lake.  There are a large variety of beautiful wildflowers along the trail.  Since this is a flower hike, those interested may be hiking at a slower pace and should car pool accordingly.
              Optional add-on: There is an option to continue to Round Top Lake for additional 2 miles.  This trail is located within the El Dorado National Forest section of the Mokelumne Wilderness.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at Carson’s Pass Visitor’s Center.  CA 89 South to Carson Pass Highway/CA 88, turn right.  Information center will be about 9 miles on your left.  Click on this link for Google map.  Driving times may vary, due to construction south of Tahoe City on 89.   NOTE: $5.00 or FREE with Golden Age/National Park pass.
              LINKSLake Winnemucca
              DOGS: Yes – leashed
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              HIKE: Legacy Trail
              DISTANCE: ~4-5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a beautiful and peaceful hike along the Truckee River. Paved trail.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  TH Parking at end of East River Street
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: On Lease only!
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              HIKE: Loch Leven Lakes
              DISTANCE: ~8.5 Miles (plan 5 hours for hike and lunch)
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,800’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  This is a great late summer hike destination.  From the Big Bend area along Old Hwy 40 (Donner Pass Rd aka Hampshire Rocks Rd) the trail climbs South, across the railroad, and on up to the Loch Leven Lakes basin.  The trail, especially above the railroad, is very rocky, rough and eroded in places and can be obscure, but well worth the effort.  It is a prime backcountry swimming destination as the water is reputed to be relatively warm, with many boulders and islands for sunbathing.  All three lakes are relatively close together with High Loch Leven Lake less than ½ mile and about 100 ft higher than the middle lake.  Please bring: Snack/lunch, SUNSCREEN, Bug Spray, Poles recommended.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take I-80 west to the Rainbow Rd/ Big Bend exit.  Turn left under the freeway and proceed about 1 mile to a small parking lot with bathroom on the right side of the road.  The trailhead sign is directly across the road on the left. (The trailhead is listed on Google maps.)
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Long Lake Loop Trail
              DISTANCE: ~5  Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  1,500’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate+
              DESCRIPTION:  An hour north of Truckee, the Lakes Basin is a tranquil escape full of beautiful lakes and great hiking opportunities.  We’ve chosen the 5+ mile Long Lake loop trail which weaves around some of the prettiest lakes, provides some high ridgeline hiking with excellent vantage points.  It is uphill for 2 miles on very rocky trail which is strenuous in that section.   Ice cream at Bassetts is always an option after the hike.  For some of us, it is a must.
              Optional add-on: The Long Lake Loop links to a detour up the 7,812 foot Mt. Ewell for those looking for even more challenges and an additional   This would make the hike round trip 7.5 miles if you add Mt Elwell out and back;  it will be strenuous with 2,400 feet elevation gain. This is only an option if two or more hikers decide to go.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 1/4 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Take 89 north from Truckee.
              1. Turn left at Sierraville.
              2. Just after Sattley continue left on 49 toward Bassetts.  NOTE:  single lane construction mid-way.
              3. At Bassetts, Turn right onto Gold Lake Road.
              4. Approximately 7 miles turn left to Lakes Basin Campground turnoff.
              5. Take this narrow road .9 miles to the trailhead parking lot.  (Note: keep going past the sign to the Lakes Basin Campground and also past the Elwell Lodge sign).  There is a parking lot and a restroom.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Lower Galena Creek
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 1,300’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: The trail from the trailhead  rises along the Galena Creek separated by a fence from the Montreau Estate properties for about a mile and then through woods with the creek paralleling the trail for another mile and a half.  At that point we will cross the Mt Rose highway into the south entrance of Galena Creek State Park where we will pause for a snack.  Then we will take the Jones Creek Loop trail up to views of South Reno and ultimately North Reno to the high point of the hike, finally dropping down into the White’s Creek drainage.  From there we follow down along White’s Creek, stopping for a Lunch break at the White’s Creek trailhead.  Finally, we follow the White’s Creek for .8 mi down to Timberline Road where a shuttle car awaits to take drivers back down to the Callahan Ranch beginning.  Entire tripe is 7 mi with 1300 elevation gain.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 2 hours from NW Clubhouse.  Callahan Parking Lot at Galena Creek.   Drive from Truckee on Interstate 80 to interstate I 580 south toward Carson City. Exit I 580 at the Mt Rose Highway.  From Reno take the Mt Rose highway up past two traffic lights.  From the second traffic light Callahan Rd is 1.5 mi. on the left.  Take Callahan Rd south for 1.5 mi. to parking on the right.
              SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:  It would help to have someone arrive by 8:45 am because we need to place a shuttle car.  Bring Lunch, hiking poles recommended.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: no
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              HIKE: Lower Lola Montez Lake
              DISTANCE: ~6.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,070’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The trail is out and back. There is some down trees on trail but easy to navigate around them. A section of the trail is rocky and fairly steep so hiking poles are recommended. We will cross Castle Peak Creek so plan footwear accordingly.  At the lake we will break for snacks and a swim in the lake for those inclined.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Meet at  Lower Lola Montez trailhead.  Take I-80 west to Soda Springs Exit. Turn right on Skerritt. The trailhead is just down the road past the fire station. Park along the north side of road.  There’s only parking for 7 to 8 vehicles.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Maggies Peaks and Beyond
              DISTANCE: 10+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: TBD – tentatively up the Bayview Trail, to Maggie’s Peaks and return via the Eagle Falls Trail.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 50 minutes from NW Clubhouse or 30 minutes from Squaw.  Bayview Trailhead off Hwy. 89 south
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Marlette Lake
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,200’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The trail is a gradual uphill for 4 miles and 1 mile down to the lake. Marlette Lake is in a beautiful setting and autumn colors can be spectacular.  We will have lunch at the lake
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse.  Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park/Spooner Lake..  The entrance to the Park is on Hwy 28S, 1 mile N of the 28/50 junction. The trail begins in the back parking lot.  There is a $12.00 fee in the park.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes – Leashed
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                HIKE: Marlette/Spooner Lake to Flume Trail to Tunnel Creek Lake
                DISTANCE: 13.5 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,200’/-2000
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION:  The trail is a gradual uphill for 4 miles then 1 mile down to the lake. Marlette
                Lake is in a beautiful setting and autumn colors can be spectacular.  From the lake we proceed
                along the Flume Trail before descending via the Tunnel Creek road. This hike requires a car
                shuttle so you can either meet the group in the Northwoods parking lot or at the Tunnel
                Creek parking area on Hwy 28 near Incline Village.  Do not plan to meet at the
                trailhead.
                TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse at Nevada State Park Spooner Lake.The entrance to the Park is on Hwy 28S, 1 mile N of the 28/50 junction. The trail begins in the back parking lot.  There is a $12.00 fee in the park.
                LINKS: none
                DOGS: Yes – Leashed
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                HIKE: Martis Peak Lookout
                DISTANCE: 8 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +1400′
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION: This is the section of the Tahoe Rim Trail just before the Mt Baldy.   This moderate to strenuous hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) will reward you with exceptional panoramic views. Hike through sub-alpine forest of red fir, western white pine, hemlock, and junipers to exposed volcanic slopes.”  We will begin at the trailhead just pass the Brockway Summit off of 267 continuing to just before the trail intersects with Martis Peak Road rewarding you with marvelous views onto the lake.  Finally, those looking for more distance and 360 views can continue .3 miles to a dirt road, and then will turn left on the dirt road for .2 miles arriving at Martis Peak Road (paved).  After walking .7 miles up the paved road, you will reach Martis Peak lookout for incredible 360 views and perhaps a nice chat with the fire lookout person.    All these options have fantastic views just from different vantage points.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  From Northstar, head up Hwy 267 (5-10 min). Just after you crest the summit, look for a parking lot on your right.  You can park here, or take a left onto a dirt road up to the Tahoe Rim Trailhead.  If you pass the “Lake Tahoe Basin” sign, then you have gone too far.  BE VERY CAREFUL CROSSING THE ROAD.
                LINKS: None
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Martis  Lake Loop
                DISTANCE: less than 7 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +1000′
                DIFFICULTY: Easy
                DESCRIPTION: The trail goes across Martis Creek Recreation area on a fairly level dirt track, then up to the end of the dam and on up a narrow path into the hills above Martis Dam, looping around and returning via the same track across the meadow.
                TRAILHEAD: the TH is on 267 on the right past the Wild Life Sanctuary by a Northstar sign at the end of the golf course: about 15 mins from Northwoods Clubhouse.
                LINKS:
                DOGS: Yes
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                HIKE: Martis  Valley Loop
                DISTANCE: 4 Miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +286′
                DIFFICULTY: Easy
                DESCRIPTION: The Martis Valley hike is a green hike that is easy and enjoyable with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. It has bridges and boardwalks that make it fun and interesting, picnic tables for those who may want to stay and have a picnic and it is dog friendly.
                TRAILHEAD: TH is Martis Creek Wildlife Area, approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  It is  is on 267 going towards Northstar from Truckee. Look for sign on right that reads Martis Creek Wildlife area.
                LINKS: Martis Valley Loop 
                DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Mokelumne Wilderness Loop
              DISTANCE: 12+ Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Start at the Forrestdale Divide TH on the PCT (very end of Blue Lakes Road). Follow the Summit City Trail to 4th of July Lake, on past Round Top Lake to the Winnemucca Trail to the PCT. Follow the PCT back to the TH.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 2 1/4 hours from NW Clubhouse (car camp or stay in a motel the night before, if desired).  Forrestdale Divide PCT Trailhead
              LINKS:
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Martis Peak Road to Gray Lake (black)
              DISTANCE: 11 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +- 800 ”
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike follows the Tahoe Rim Trail east from Martis Peak Road past Rifle Peak and Rose Knot to Gray Lake and returns. It provides panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is 30 mounts from Northwoods Clubhouse parking lot. Hike starts at the TRT trailhead on Martis Peak Road about 4 miles north from Hwy 267. Martis Peak Road intersects Hwy 267 just west of Brockway Summit.
              LINKS: Lake Tahoe by Mike White – page 107
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Mt Baldy
              DISTANCE: 7 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: <1,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  After driving up Martis Peak road, we will park and hike up the Rim Trail about 3.5 miles to Mt Baldy with fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. After a snack at the top, we’ll return back the same route, load up in the cars and drive back out to 267.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH, Martis Peak Rd, is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Road is unmarked.  This is the first left off of 267 just as the passing lane is ending.  If you reach Brockway Summit, you have gone too far.
              Note:  Some cars can park on 267 across the street from the trailhead. Then people can car pool up with others.   Everybody drives up the dirt road that turns into a paved road with potholes.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Mt. Houghton
              DISTANCE: 10.8 Miles Out & Back; 12.5 Mile Semi-Loop
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,770
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Mount Houghton is the 2nd highest peak in the Mount Rose Wilderness. It is 5.4 miles to the 10,483 ft summit, where you’ll enjoy outstanding views in every direction. Hikers can return to the TH or continue on the TRT over Relay Peak and descend on the Incline Lake Trail to waiting cars.
              TRAILHEAD: Leave cars at trail’s end (6.5 miles east of the 28/431 junction on left before Tahoe Meadows). Continue to starting TH: At summit of Mt. Rose highway where you’ll find a large paved parking lot with restrooms.
              LINKS:
              DOGS: Yes

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              HIKE: Mt Judah Loop
              DISTANCE: 5.5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,300’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The Judah loop is a 360-degree view of the Sierra Crest 5.5 miles with a stop at Donner Peak and Roller Pass;. We will take the loop the long way around, reaching Donner Peak last before descending.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Donner Pass Road/Old Hwy 40 to the former Sugar Bowl Academy at the top of Donner Summit. From the main parking lot, follow the dirt road to another parking area which accommodates 12-15 cars. If it is full, you can park at the Sugar Bowl Academy and walk down the road.
              LINKS:  Mt Judah
              DOGS: Yes – leashed during first part of hike, leaders will announce when dogs can be let off.
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              HIKE:  Mt. Lola
              DISTANCE:  10.4 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +2525’; -1325’
              DIFFICULTY:  Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  This trail leads strong hikers to a far-ranging view of the northern Sierra and southern cascades from the tallest peak between Lassen in the north and Freel in the south. Spectacular views of Castle Peak, Sierra Buttes & Mt. Rose. A “must do” hike .
              MEETING PLACE:  Donner Camp Picnic Area off Hwy. 89
              TRAILHEAD:  Hwy 89 north. Turn left onto FS Road 07, signed Independence Lake. Proceed on paved road for 1.5 miles and then turn left onto FS Road 07-10. Follow this gravel road for .6 mile across a bridge over the Little Truckee River, to an unsigned junction with Henness Pass Road. Turn right and proceed on Henness Pass Road for 3.1 miles to a short spur road on the left, signed Mt. Lola Trail. Drive a short distance to the end of the road and the informal trailhead parking area.
              LINKS:  n/a
              DOGS:  OK
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              HIKE:  Mt. Rose
              DISTANCE:  10 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +3350’; -100’
              DIFFICULTY:  Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:   The third highest peak in the Tahoe Basin may well be the most popular trail in the state of Nevada. The attractions of this trip are many, including spectacular views of Lake Tahoe from the summit, a delightful display of wildflowers in the Galena Creek drainage and the highest Tahoe  summit with a well maintained trail.
              TRAILHEAD:  At summit of Mt. Rose highway, 8 miles east of the 28/431 junction you’ll find a large paved parking lot with restrooms
              LINKS:  n/a
              DOGS:  OK
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              HIKE: Mt. Elwell
              DISTANCE:  about 8 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 1960’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: From Gray Eagle trailhead follow Smith Lake trail to junction with Maiden Lake/Mt. Elwell trail which takes you to the 7812’ summit of Mt. Elwell. Return by the Long Lake Trail to Gray Eagle. Offers great views of Lakes Basin.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse OR approximately 1 hour from the Donner Picnic Area off 89.   TH : Take Hwy 89 north to junction with Hwy 49. Follow Hwy 49 to junction with Gold Lakes Road at Bassett. Take Gold Lakes Road to turnoff to Gray Eagle Lodge. Follow spur road to the right to the parking lot at the Smith Lake trailhead at the end of the road.
              LINKS:The Tahoe Sierra by Jeffrey Schaffer, Hikes 24/26
              DOGS: OK
              Type: BLACK
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              HIKE: Mt Tallac
              DISTANCE: 9 miles, out and back
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +3,300’
              DIFFICULTY:  Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike takes approximately 5 hours to complete.  Rising prominently and towering 3,500 feet over Lake Tahoe’s southwest shoreline, Mt. Tallac is one of the most popular and rewarding summits in the Tahoe region. The hike features breathtaking panoramic views of the vast and sparkling indigo waters of Lake Tahoe, and the glacially sculpted 63,000-acre Desolation Wilderness, where the water from dozens of pristine alpine lakes gleam in the mid-day sunlight.  The initial 2.1 miles follow along Fallen Leaf Lake’s shores through a shaded forest while passing Floating Island Lake, known for its drifting tufts of mini meadows, and Cathedral Lake, the last water source before the summit.   The real climb begins at Cathedral Lake as you work your way through the large granite Cathedral Bowl, gaining 2,000 vertical feet in just 2.4 miles. As previously mentioned, Cathedral Lake is the last opportunity for water before the summit, and it is highly recommended to either bring a water filter or carry enough for the entire hike. The trail switchbacks through loose shale until reaching the summit ridgeline.   Use caution in early the summer months, as residual snowfields may exist and this section could be hazardous.  Once above Cathedral Bowl, the iconic trail continues on toward the summit through stunted whitebark pine with the feeling of true high-country ridge line hiking. Just short of the top, the trail disappears into a crisscrossing network of footpaths etched into the summit boulder field. All routes lead to the summit with the occasional mild scrambling. Take some time to enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views from the top of this wonderfully rewarding and demanding peak.
              With the hike being mostly sun exposed, be sure to bring plenty of water, or bring filters as there are water sources as noted above.
              Day hikers are required to fill out a free day-use permit at the trailhead.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 1 hour from NW Clubhouse and 40 miles from Northwoods Clubhouse.  Follow Northwoods Blvd and Donner Pass Rd to CA-89 S toward Lake Tahoe; 14 mi. Turn right onto West Lake Blvd.;  23 mi. Turn right on Mount Tallac Blvd;  .04 mi. Turn right on Mount Tallac Road A. .06 mi. Arrive at trailhead.
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: NO.  Trail not recommended for dogs.

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              HIKE: Mt. Washington via the Jamison Creek Trail
              DISTANCE: 11 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,550
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: A quartet of delightful lakes lures hikers on this semi-loop trip. The scenery is superb and the swimming can be quite refreshing on a hot day. Then at 7,818 feet, Mt. Washington provides a fine perch from which to view the peaks and ridges of the Northern Sierra.
              TRAILHEAD: In the town of Graeagle, Leave Hwy. 89 and head west on Country Road506, following signs for Plumas Eureka State Park. Cross the park boundary and continue to a left-hand turn onto a dirt road, 4.6 miles from hwy. 89, marked Jamison Mine, Grass lake Trail1.3. Proceed to the end of the dirt road and park in the gravel parking area as space allows.
              LINKS:
              DOGS: Yes (This trail is an exception to the State Park rule, because most of the route is on forest service land.)

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              HIKE: Northstar Backside
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +2,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  a new hike – beautiful wild flowers and views within the Northstar ski resort boundaries
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse .  Travel 80 then take 267 towards King’s Beach. At Northstar take Northstar Drive, at roundabout take 1st left; Highlands View Road.  Wait for everyone there and we will go to the trailhead in convoy.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: NO
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              HIKE: Paige Meadows, Fall Colors
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +551’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate GREEN
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike travels uphill on a fire road to a single track trail through the forest to Paige Meadows. Three aspen groves and a wetland meadow provide spectacular fall colors of the season. Bring your camera and a snack. We will have plenty of time to explore the 3 meadows and stop to take photos. and eat a snack.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) trailhead on Ward Creek Blvd. (South of Sunnyside Restaurant).
              LINKS: Paige Meadows
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Painted Rock
              DISTANCE: 8.4 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,800’
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  We will drop hikers off at the Western States Trailhead, drivers to take their cars on to Fairway Drive Tahoe City – and return in as few cars as possible.  The Western States Trail climbs up to the Tahoe Rim Trail which we will follow past the cinder cone, with fine views, descending into Tahoe City where ice-cream may beckon.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.
              LINKS: non
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Palisade Falls and Petroglyphs
              DISTANCE: 8 – 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Hike down a ski trail and then minor off trail to the falls, then back to a ski trail (snow mountain) and hike about 3 miles to another sub trail and some minor off trail to see petroglyphs.  There will be views of Devil’s Peak.  Possible some small (5 meters) patches of snow.  Possibly some small wet patches to cross. (hiking poles recommended)   Hike is mostly down going and mostly up coming back.   This is a different hike for most people.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 25 minutes from NW Clubhouse .  Take 80 west to Soda Springs exit (Sugarbowl exit) then turn right at flashing light onto Soda Springs Road.   (It is about a mile from 80 exit and there is a sign for Royal Gorge) . Go up Soda Spring Rd about 1 mile to Pahatsi Rd which is a right (there is a sign to Royal Gorge).   Go to end of Pahatsi and you will see the Royal Gorge building. Trailhead is on the right.  If you hit the end of the pavement you went about 200 meters to far.  Meet at parking lot across from Royal Gorge Ski Resort.  You do not need AWD to get to trailhead.  There are no water or toilets at the trailhead.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Peter Grub Hut
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1070’’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  This trail features beautiful wildflowers in the right season
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse . Take 80 west to Castle Peak exit I 80 West, approximately 0.4 miles up a paved, then dirt road.
              LINKS: Peter Grub Hut
              DOGS: Yes-Leashed
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              HIKE: Peavine’s Peaks East to West (BLACK)
              DISTANCE: 13 miles
              ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: +3,700’/-3,650ft.
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous/Difficult
              DESCRIPTION:  Start at Hoge Rd. trailhead (Off of N. Virginia St.) to access several mtn. bike trails eventually leading to Peavine Peak Rd. Cross both Peavine and South Peavine peaks leading to a double track and single track ridgeline decent. Last 1 ½ miles on fire rd. ending at Evergreen Ridge Way cul-d-sac.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 45 minutes from NW Clubhouse . Approx. 1.2 miles on Hoge Rd. west of N. Virginia Street, Reno.
              LINKS: Hiking Trails near Peavine Trails – Hiking Project
              DOGS: OKAY
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              HIKE:  Powderhorn Creek Trail to Five Lakes
              DISTANCE:  12 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  – 1800’ + 900′
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  Follows the Powderhorn Creek drainage from Barker Pass to Diamond Crossing and Whiskey Creek camp then along the PCT and the Five Lakes Trail to the Alpine Road trailhead
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  From Hwy 89 take Barker Pass Road (about 3 miles south of Tahoe City).  Continue on Barker Pass Rd past the end of the pavement, past the PCT trailhead.  Powderhorn trailhead is 1.6 miles past the PCT trailhead.   The Five Lakes trailhead is located about 2 miles up Alpine Meadows Road
              LINKS:  The Tahoe Sierra – pg 97
              DOGS:  Yes
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              HIKE: Pole Creek
              DISTANCE: 8 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:   +2,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Easy but aerobic
              DESCRIPTION:  It is a fire road with pretty views and forest. We cross Pole Creek via a bridge.  At the ridge there are some pretty views of Billy’s Peak and Tinkers Nob.  For a lower elevation change, with a buddy, you can turn around and make it a 4 mile hike.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse . From Truckee 89 towards Tahoe City, look for elevation sign and another small skier icon sign. The small parking “lot” is about across from Olsen Construction building. From Tahoe City it is 2.5ish miles from North Squaw Valley Rd.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Prosser Creek/Carpenter Valley
              DISTANCE: ~6 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1200’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Prosser Hill to the top by the shortest way on a new trail, loop back by Prosser Creek, 4 miles option for out and back once on the top of the hill, you can just return the same way out and back without the loop.
              TRAILHEAD: Carpool from Alder Creek Adventure Center as parking is very limited at TH.  TH is located at Carpenter Valley Road off Alder Creek Road, one half mile past the Tahoe Donner campground on the left, the only road to the left before 89, if coming from highway 89 or Schussing way it is the only road turnout to the right before Tahoe Donner. There is a green gate that is open.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Prosser Creek to Carpenter Ridge
              DISTANCE: 11 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1600’ climb to Carpenter Ridge
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  A beautiful walk along Prosser Creek followed by a steep climb to and descent from Carpenter Ridge
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse . TH is located on west side of  Hwy. 89 across from Hobart Mills Road
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: Yes

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              HIKE: Prosser Creek Loop
              DISTANCE: 8.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 600 feet
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION: A beautiful trail leaving from the Hobart Mill Trailhead, off Highway 89, north of Truckee. The trail heads west along the north side of the creek and then crosses the creek over a foot bridge adjacent to Carpenter Valley Road. The trail then loops around and heads east along the south side of the creek. The trail then crosses another bridge to rejoin the original trail.  One of the bridges is newly build but does not have side rails.  Hiking sticks would be a good aide in crossing the bridge. Total hiking time is approximately 3.5 hours.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Travel north of Truckee on Highway 89 and turn right at Hobart Mills Road-15 or 20 minutes from Truckee. The trailhead parking is to the right just after you turn on to Hobart Mills Road.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Prosser East
              DISTANCE: 7 miles OR shorter option for 5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +500′ on the long option; rolling on the short
              DIFFICULTY: Easy on short & Moderate on long
              DESCRIPTION: We will start on the south side of the road on a brief rutted road and continue on a single track old railroad bed for a 1.5 miles walk next to Prosser creek with views of Northstar to the Truckee River returning the same way to the dam. Then option 1 or 2
              Option 1: Climb 2 miles (500′ feet) thru the forest above Prosser Creek to a ridge overlooking the valley west of the reservoir; returning the same trail.
              Option 2: Shorter option is to hike a 2 mile circular route thru the forest on the east side of the reservoir. There is no trail and we will all walk together.  Beautiful forest, but the ground is covered with pine needles with some bushes to walk thru. Almost no elevation gain on the route. Suggest hiking poles and long pants. Lunch and snacks next to the lake
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Travel Route 89 North to Prosser Dam Road (first right at circle); at the end bear right at fork and proceed 1 mile to the dam (road is potholed and dusty). Parking lot immediately on left after crossing the dam.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes, Unleashed okay
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              HIKE: Prosser Hill Loop from Donner Camp
              DISTANCE: 8.5-9 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,600’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: Cross Hwy. 89 to the Emigrant Trail, then on to the Drunken Deer Trail and up to Prosser Hill, back along the Animal Trail for a loop.
              TRAILHEAD: TH Donner Camp Picnic Area
              LINKS: n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Pt. Mariah #1
              DISTANCE: 5  Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +500’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The 5 mile hike is out and back to Pt. Mariah with rolling elevation change on good trails.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Across from Ice Lakes Lodge (1111 Soda Springs Rd) parking lot Take Old 40 (Donner Pass Rd) and turn left on Soda Springs Road (at the flashing light where Norm Saylers “store” is)..  Then proceed 2.2 miles to 1111 Soda Springs Rd. and park in the parking lot across from the Ice Lakes Lodge where the road turns to gravel. There is no water or bathrooms at the start of this hike.
              LINKSPt Mariah
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Pt. Mariah #2 from Serene Lakes
              DISTANCE: 11.1  Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1200ft – lots of rollers
              DIFFICULTY: moderate (a few steep hills but mostly rolling up and down)
              DESCRIPTION:  A well travelled XC ski trail which takes you out to the actual Royal Gorge looking into the American River Canyon. Many wildflowers may be blooming depending on the snow melt. The trail has lots of ups and downs and is mainly in forest until we reach Point Mariah where it is wide open. Beautiful views into the canyon and the back side of the ridge line of Tinker’s Knob, Anderson’s Peak, etc.
              Bring a lunch to share at the Point. This will be a loop trip.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Trailhead is at the Parking lot at the end of Pahatsi – across the road from Royal Gorge Entrance.
              LINKSPt Mariah
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Round Top, Winnemucca and 4th of July Lake Loop
              DISTANCE: 9.3 (or 11) miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 2500′ or +/-3400′
              DIFFICULTY: strenuous (black)
              DESCRIPTION:  The trail meanders through alpine forest before entering into open countryside heading in the direction of Round Top Lake. From the junction by the side of the lake we hike to the saddle above 4th of July lake. From the saddle we have an option to do a 1.5 mile round trip to Fourth of July Lake or proceed directly to Lake Winnemucca.
              Post Hike opportunities: After the hike we can stop at the Kirkwood Inn – famous for homemade pies and cool beer. This is a ten minute detour before heading back.
              TRAILHEAD: Trailhead 1.75 hours from Northwoods Clubhouse – Hikers can camp at Woods Lake campground the night before.   Reservations Required.  Trailhead located at Woods Creek Parking area off CA-88.
              Trailhead Map:Link to MAP

            •   LINKS: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/round-top-winnemucca-and-  fourth-of-july-lake-loop

                       DOGS:  Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas

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              HIKE: Rowton Peak and Razorback Ridge
              DISTANCE: 5.5 Miles (BLUE)
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 1450 climb/desent
              DIFFICULTY: moderate with some fairly strenuous climbs
              DESCRIPTION:  This out and back hike is an exploration of the Royal Gorge Rim Trail to Rowton arches. The hike passes through several excellent wildflower and bird areas, in season, and offers expansive views of the Pacific Crest, the Granite Chief Wilderness, Crow’s Nest and the upper parts of the North Fork of the American River drainage including some impressive volcanic geology. After reaching Rowton Peak, we will hike along Razorback Ridge to the end, where the trail enters the forest, and then head back. The views from the ridgeline make the climb more than worthwhile.
              TRAILHEAD: The Hoelter Hall trailhead is about 25 minutes from the Northwoods Clubhouse. Take Soda Springs Rd about one mile beyond Pahatsi Road. You will pass a meadow and an open wet area with boulders along the roadside on the left. On your left, about 350 feet past Dulzura Road, there will be a sign for the TDLT (Truckee Donner Land Trust) and the trailhead. Turn left onto the short dirt road that ends at the parking area.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE: Rubicon Trail
              DISTANCE: 7 and 9-1/2 miles round trip
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +350 ft
              DIFFICULTY: moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  There are quite a few stone steps and elevation gain in the first half mile, but the trail is not difficult so you can enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe! We will depart together from Rubicon Point.  The first view of Emerald Bay is about 3.5 miles.  It’s an out and back, so the hike can be shortened by returning at any time.  Please have a buddy and plan to drive together. If the weather is good, you can also enjoy the beach at Calawee Cove near the trailhead afterwards.
              Add-on Option:  With  buddy, you  can go all the way to Vikingsholm  which makes the round trip  almost 9.5 miles
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 60 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Take CA-89 south.   The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.  D.L. Bliss State Park  in the entrance parking lot near the visitor center just off Highway 89, please wait here for cars coming from Northwoods Clubhouse.   Parking at the trailhead 2+ miles down the road is limited, flush toilets available there before we start hiking.  Parking Fee is $10.
              LINKSRubicon Trail
              Park website
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE:  Rubicon from DL Bliss to Emerald Bay
              DISTANCE: 9.5  miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: unknown
              DIFFICULTY: moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  D.L. Bliss State Park Entrance (Lighthouse Trail to Rubicon) to Emerald Bay State Park (car shuttle or key exchange)
              TRAILHEAD: TH approximately 1 hour from NW clubhouse,  Trailhead is D.L. Bliss State Park Entrance on Hwy. 89.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE:  Rubicon Trail -Emerald Bay/ Vikingsholm & Return
              DISTANCE: 9.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 350 ft
              DIFFICULTY: moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  D. L. Bliss State Park Entrance to Vikingsholm and return, out and back.  There are quite a few stone steps and elevation gain in the first half mile, but the trail is not difficult so you can enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe!
              TRAILHEAD: TH approximately 1 hour from NW clubhouse,  D. L. Bliss State Park entrance 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89.  Parking at the trailhead 2+ miles down the entrance road is limited, flush toilets available there before we start hiking.  Parking Fee is $10. If you do not arrive early enough to park, you will have to park at the entrance and hike down to the trailhead.
              LINKS: see Rubicon Trail Park website
              DOGS: No
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              HIKE: Sagehen Hike
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: minimal
              DIFFICULTY: Easy
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike is a lovely walk along the Sagehen Creek.  Sagehen Creek is one of the many creeks that drain the Prosser area watershed into the Stampede Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest north of Truckee.    It is an nice start to our summer adventures of about 5 miles round trip. Hopefully we will see some of the many beautiful flowers that bloom here.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse .  Follow Hwy. 89 North from I-80 near Truckee for 6.8 miles to a dirt parking area on the right hand side of the highway. The parking area is just past a highway bridge over Sagehen Creek.
              LINKSSagehen Hike
              DOGS: Yes -Leashed
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              HIKE: Sagehen to Russell Valley – Ice Cream Day!
              DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: 267ft ascent
              DIFFICULTY: moderate/easy
              DESCRIPTION:  we start off along the north side of Sagehen Creek to Stampede Reservoir. Then using mostly forestry roads we head up the side of the reservoir before cutting across to Russell Valley. Ice Cream will be served on Philippa and Dudley’s Deck.Dudley and Philippa will drive everyone back to their cars….
              TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse .  MEET AT  Corner of Hobart Mills Rd just off 89 where we will leave cars taking as few as possible to Sagehen.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: yes
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              HIKE: Sawtooth Hike
              DISTANCE: 10 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,000’
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate
              DESCRIPTION:  The Sawtooth Trail is one of the Truckee locals’ favorites  It rolls through gentle wooded terrain with occasional overlooks into the Truckee River Canyon.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take Brockway Road to the roundabout.  Then exit onto Martis Valley Rd (becomes Ponderosa Dr).  Drive 1.2 miles – Turn left onto Silver Fir Dr.  Drive 0.5 miles – Turn left onto Thelin Dr.  Drive 900 Feet Sawtooth Court is on the right.  Meet at corner of Thelin Drive and Sawtooth Court.
              LINKSSawtooth Hike
              DOGS: Yes – Leashed
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              HIKE: Shirley Canyon
              DISTANCE: 4.5 Miles up Shirley Canyon to Shirley Lake and High Camp and ride free tram down
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +2000′
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate+
              DESCRIPTION:  The hike ascends steeply for about a mile to a waterfall.  Keep the stream to your RIGHT and continue climbing the rocky trail until it comes out on a granite shelf.  Stay toward the rock wall on your left and look for the blue paint stripes on the rocks.  Poles and good hiking shoes will help your ascent of the shelf.  After another ~2 miles you will come to Shirley Lake for a nice rest stop.  Leaving the lake, circle the lake to the left and climb to a signed trail junction.  Here you have a choice to either continue on the rocky trail to the Shirley Lake chair and from there a steep sunny dirt road up to the ridge, OR  follow the signed Solitude trail to the left which is shorter, steep in sections, and typically prettier (recommended).  Following either route up to High Camp, you will find swimming pool, restaurant, and a free tram ride to the bottom.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Take 89 south to Squaw Valley. Head west on Squaw Valley Road until right before the Gondola.  Park to the left in the main parking across from Plump Jack.  From there, the hike leader will chose whether to hike to the trailhead  (1/4 mile or so to the end of the road)  or carpool to it  (limited parking at trailhead).   If you hike to it from the main parking lot, you will be closer to the tram exit after the hike and will not have to hike back to your car at the trailhead
              LINKSShirley Canyon
              DOGS:  Ok but they may have problems on the rocks.  Leashed in tram.
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              HIKE: Sierra Buttes
              DISTANCE: 5 Miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +1579′
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  This hike goes from Packer Lake saddle to the Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout. It is a 5 mile round trip that has an elevation gain from 7012 ft to 8591 ft (1579 ft climb) in 2.5 miles. It is classed as strenuous with an estimated time in and out of 3 to 5 hours. The views of the Sardine Lake Basin are spectacular and there is an optional climb up iron steps to the Lookout – not recommended for the acrophobic or bum knees.  On the way back to Truckee, Bassett’s has great ice cream, shakes and burgers
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 90 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   Driving to Sierraville ( Note: be sure to obey speed limit signs in Sierraville!!) turn left on Hwy 49 and drive about 20 miles to junction with Gold Lakes Road at Basset’s store. Go right on Gold Lake road 1.3 mile to signed turnoff left for Sardine and Packer Lake and at 0.3 mile go right on paved Packer Lake Road. Go 2.7 miles and veer left on Forest Route 93 at junction that goes right to Packer Lake Lodge. Drive steep uphill on narrow paved road for 1.6 mile to Packer Saddle, then drive 0.4 mile south on FS 93 to junction with a dirt road. Take this road (FS rd 93-02) 0.2 mile to a parking area off to the left that can hold about 10 cars.
              LINKS: none
              DOGS: Yes
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              HIKE:Sierra City to Sierra Buttes Lookout to Sardine Lakes
              DISTANCE:10+ miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE: +4000; -3500
              DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: A long, hot climb, then a beautiful descent to a wonderful dinner at Sardine Lake Resort – seats limited so get your reservation in early. Point to point with car shuttle.
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately ?? minutes from Donner Camp Picnic Area on Hwy. 89 north of Alder Creek Road.   Proceed to PCT TH Hwy. 49 near Sierra City
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE: Silver Lake-Granite Lake TH to Long Lake
              DISTANCE:   18 Miles out and back (day hike or 1-night overnight backpack)
              ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
              DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION: A hike full of wonderful views leads to one of the areas loveliest lakes, above which travelers will find campsites on granite benches that command spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.
              MEETING PLACE/TIME:  Northwoods Clubhouse 7:00am or TH 9:30 am
              TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 90 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   Proceed to Hwy. 88 near the north end of Silver Lake, leave the highway following signs east along the lake’s north end for Kit Carson Resort. Continue past the resort to the east side of the lake and the small trailhead parking area, 1.4 miles from Hwy. 88
              LINKS:n/a
              DOGS: OK
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              HIKE:   Spooner Lake / Flume Trail
              DISTANCE:  13.5 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1850’ / -2650’
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderate/Strenuous
              DESCRIPTION:  Beginning from Spooner Lake proceeds up the Marlette Lake trail to the Flume Trail, along the Flume Trail and down the Tunnel Creek trail to the Ponderosa.  Great for fall colors and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.  Car shuttle required.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH is approximately 50 minutes from NW Clubhouse OR approximately 10 minutes from Ponderosa.   Proceed to Spooner Lake State Park
              LINKS:Flume Trail
              DOGS:  None unless you make your own transportation arrangements

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              HIKE:   Spooner Summit to Kingsbury (BLACK)
              DISTANCE:  13 miles
              ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1600
              DIFFICULTY:  Moderately Difficult
              DESCRIPTION:  Provides spectacular view of most of Lake Tahoe and the west shore from South Camp Peak. Looks directly at Emerald Bay and the mountains of Desolation Wilderness. Requires shuttle or key exchange.
              TRAILHEAD:  TH are approximately 45 minutes from NW Clubhouse. This is a key exchange hike for the club. All drivers meet at the Spooner Summit South TRT trailhead to trade cars with those proceeding to the Kingsbury North Trailhead.
              Hiking trailheads are approximately 75 minutes from NW Clubhouse.
              Spooner Summit Trailhead: Follow Hwy 28 to the intersection with Hwy 50 at Spooner Summit. Turn left on Hwy 50 and drive .7 miles to trailhead parking lot on the right.
              Kingsbury Trailhead is located 2.9 miles up Hwy 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Hwy 50. Turn left on North Benjamin which becomes Andria Drive and go a total of 1.9 miles to the end of the pavement.
              LINKS: The Tahoe Rim Trail – Section Four
              DOGS:  Okay

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                HIKE: Stagecoach Hike
                DISTANCE: 4 miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE: +750
                DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                DESCRIPTION: This hike begins at the confluence of the American River and travels up Stagecoach Road trail.  There are beautiful views from the trails and lots of up and down which provides a good workout. Bathrooms are located at both confluence parking areas. There are multiple picnic tables along the river at the second confluence parking area where you can eat lunch after the hike if desired.
                Add-on Option: An additional 2.5 round  trip option would be after traveling up the Stagecoach Road trail for 1.2 miles, long hikers then pick up the Manzanita Trail and walk another 1 mile ending just above the Auburn State Park ranger station.  Transitioning onto Canyon Drive that borders the Stagecoach Preserve for about .4 mi. (a dirt fire road through the forest closed off to motor traffic).  Continue on Canyon Drive, now a narrow-paved road through a rural neighborhood for about .2 mi. Turn right onto Russell Rd for another 1/8 mi. until we connect again with Stagecoach trail at the Russell Road trailhead.  Return Loop: We travel from Stagecoach trail up to Upper Stagecoach/Flood Rd rim trail to Mossy Rock Trail, to Bridgeview trail. Follow the Bridgeview trail to the right and back down to the confluence.
                Short Option:  Short hikers stay on the Stagecoach Trail (do not take the Manzanita cutoff ) to Upper Stagecoach/Flood Road trail. From Upper Stagecoach road continue to Mossy Rock Trail, to Bridgeview trail, then back down to the confluence. The Flood Road/Mossy Rock trail back down to Lower Stagecoach, while a shorter distance back is not recommended. It is extremely narrow, steep, with blind corners, and mountain bikers bombing down it. Stay on Mossy Rock to Bridgeview. Trails are well marked on short option.
                Trailhead: TH is approximately 90 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   Confluence parking lot before crossing bridge: 137 Old Foresthill Rd Auburn, CA 95603.Follow I-80 W to exit 119C (Elm Ave Exit) from I-80 W. Take right-hand lane as you exit and follow the loop on the furthermost right lane onto Elm Ave at signal. Once on Elm, move over to the left-hand lane, and turn left onto CA-49S (El Dorado St/High St.) Stay on CA-49S as it turns into CA-193E (El Dorado St.) Continue straight onto Old Foresthill Rd at the intersection of CA-49 (Golden Chain HWY) and Old Foresthill Rd. First parking area is on left before crossing bridge; this is where we will meet; there is additional parking and bathrooms on the right after crossing bridge. There is a $10.00 State Park fee per car.  Please be prepared to share all transportation cost.
                LINKS: Stagecoach Hike
                DOGS: Yes – leashed
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                HIKE:   Spooner Summit to Kingsbury (BLACK)
                DISTANCE:  13 miles
                ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1600
                DIFFICULTY:  Moderately Difficult
                DESCRIPTION:  Provides spectacular view of most of Lake Tahoe and the west shore from South Camp Peak. Looks directly at Emerald Bay and the mountains of Desolation Wilderness. Requires shuttle or key exchange.
                TRAILHEAD:  This is a key exchange hike for the club.   Everyone meets at Ponderosa  (45 minutes from NW Clubhouse) to trade cars before proceeding to trailheads.  Meet in parking lot for Tunnel Creek Cafe adjacent to old Ponderosa Ranch at intersection of Lakeshore Blvd and Hwy 28 at east end of Incline Village.
                Hiking trailheads are approximately 75 minutes from NW Clubhouse.
                Spooner Summit Trailhead: Follow Hwy 28 to the intersection with Hwy 50 at Spooner Summit. Turn left on Hwy 50 and drive .7 miles to trailhead parking lot on the right.
                Kingsbury Trailhead is located 2.9 miles up Hwy 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Hwy 50. Turn left on North Benjamin which becomes Andria Drive and go a total of 1.9 miles to the end of the pavement.
                LINKS: The Tahoe Rim Trail – Section Four
                DOGS:  Okay

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                  HIKE:   Spooner Summit to Marlett Lake to Flume Trail
                  DISTANCE:  14 miles
                  ELEVATION CHANGE:  +1200/-2000
                  DIFFICULTY:  Moderate
                  DESCRIPTION: The hike starts at the TRT trailhead at Spooner Summit, skirts Spooner Lake to the Marlette Lake trail, continues up to Marlette Lake, then follows the Flume Trail and descends by the Tunnel Creek Trail down to the Tunnel Creek Cafe. The hike provides spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and great colors in the fall.
                  TRAILHEAD: The hike starts from the Spooner Summit TRT trailhead located on Hwy 50 approximately .8 miles north of the junction of Hwy 28 and Hwy 50. However, this hike requires a shuttle so we will meet at the Tunnel Creek parking area on Highway 28 (used to be the Ponderosa) and shuttle from there. Tunnel Creek parking area is 30 minutes from the Northwoods Clubhouse. The Spooner Summit TRT trailhead is about 20 minutes from the Tunnel Creek parking area.
                  LINKS: none
                  DOGS:  yes

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                    HIKE: Stanford Rock Loop
                    DISTANCE: 10.6  Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 2017’
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  The Stanford Rock trail is a popular hiking and biking trail that provides great views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
                    TRAILHEAD: Take Hwy 89 south from Tahoe City. In 2.5 miles turn west on Pineland Drive which becomes Ward Creek Road. Continue west for .9 miles to the trailhead at the creek side turnout on the left . Trailhead is at the start of Road 15N35
                    LINKS:  all trails
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Summit Lake Version #1
                    DISTANCE: 5 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 1000’
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION:  The Summit Lake Hike is an easy 5-mile round trip that goes along a peaceful stream, travels past a waterfall, heads up through craggy boulders, and continues on a ridge offering stellar views over the surrounding area.  The hike culminates at Summit Lake.  There, we will enjoy a relaxing lunch as well as a swim for those so inclined.  This is a short and casual hike with a focus on fun!  Please bring POLES.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse. Meet at the West side Rest Area on I 80 by 8:15.  Take I 80 West from Truckee exit  (near Smokey’s) and travel 6.9 miles  to the Donner Lake Rest Area on the right (westbound) side.  Park our cars off to the left side so as not to interfere with other travelers using the facilities.
                    LINKSSummit Lake
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Sundance Sunset Hike
                    DISTANCE:Less than 5 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 500’
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION:  We will leave Lynette Powells house at about 5pm.  Hiking up to Sundance Hut where we will have cocktails and nibbles.  And hopefully enjoy a sunset.  Please bring your own flashlight,  drinks and nibbles.
                    TRAILHEAD:  14710 Wolfgang Rd, Truckee CA
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Sugar Pine Loop Trail Hike
                    DISTANCE: 6.4 Mile Loop
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: From the trailhead at 1900ft., the trail drops to about 1700ft over the first 2.5 miles going clockwise around the southern edge of Winchester Estates. It then climbs to 2060ft within a half mile as it heads north and tops Sugar Pine Ridge. Continuing north, it descends to about 1800ft and then works its way back up to 2000ft before descending gradually for the last mile to the trailhead.
                    DIFFICULTY: Most sections of the trail cross gently rolling ground, but on the west side there are steep grades with switchbacks where the trail crosses Sugar Pine Ridge.
                    DESCRIPTION:  The Sugar Pine Loop Trail skirts the edges of Winchester Estates, once known as the Marty Ranch. The trail is well maintained and the footing is excellent. All stream crossings have wooden bridges. The trail can be hiked in either direction (heading out on either side of Sugar Pine Road.)
                    TRAILHEAD: : Starts/ends at Sugar Pine Road, about 500 feet short of where it enters the gateway to Winchester Estates. To reach the trail, Exit I 80 at Meadow Vista and travel north on Placer Hills Road. Turn left (west) on Sugar Pine Road toward the Winchester entrance, about 0.2 of a mile, and look for trail signage. Trailhead Parking: There is a sizeable grassy area on the north side of Sugar Pine Road at the corner of Placer Hills Road. It is PG&E property; be considerate and don’t litter.
                    LINKS: Sugar Pine Loop Trail
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Tahoe Donner (TD) East Perimeter Loop Hike
                    DISTANCE: 8 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  A nice morning workout that will include a snack break, but you’ll be home for lunch.  One nice view of Coyote Moon Golf Course and the mountains beyond.
                    TRAILHEAD: Northwoods Clubhouse
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Tahoe Donner (TD) Nature Loop Hike
                    DISTANCE: 2 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: Minimal
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION:  The Tahoe Donner Nature Loop Trail reopened after years of closure in 2021. There are a number of improvements and this short green hike is to acquaint or reacquaint us with this lovely peaceful wetland habitat. This easy hike is approximately 2 miles around the loop with minimal elevation gain.
                    TRAILHEAD: Northwoods Clubhouse
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes, on leash
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                    HIKE: Tahoe Donner (TD) South Ridge Trail
                    DISTANCE:  3.7 Miles round trip
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 400 feet
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION:  From Bermgarten trailhead (off Lower Skislope Way by Northwoods intersection) an easy climb along the ridge line that runs parallel to lower Skislope way, past huge boulders from the glacier age, good views of Northstar, Squaw, the marshlands behind SaveMart and of course Donner Lake.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 10 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   Proceed to Bermgarten Rd
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes on leash
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                    HIKE: TBD
                    DISTANCE:
                    ELEVATION CHANGE:
                    DIFFICULTY:
                    DESCRIPTIONAwaiting Hike Leader’s Input 
                    MEETING PLACE/TIME: Northwoods Clubhouse 8 am
                    TRAILHEAD:
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Thunder Mountain
                    DISTANCE: 10 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 2552 feet
                    DIFFICULTY: Between Moderate and Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION: This is a great loop hike (with short car shuttle) that starts at Rt 88, goes past Silver Lake, heads up to Thunder Mountain (at 9410′ the highest point in Amador County) and goes along a long ridge overlooking Kirkwood Ski Resort and the Carson range in the distance.  The volcanic rock formations are impressive.  The last section goes along another ridge (toward Castle Point) overlooking a beautiful valley. The trail is well marked and has lots of views of the Carson Range, South side of Desolation Wilderness and various lakes. Plan to stop at the famous Kirkwood Inn (famous for homeade pies a la mode)  for a post hike snack on the way back.
                    TRAILHEAD:   The TH (Horse Canyon Trailhead) is about 1 hour 50 minute from the Clubhouse.   Drive south on 89, past South Lake Tahoe to highway 88.  Turn right on Highway 88 and drive west toward Carson Pass (which is the trailhead for Round Top, Red Lake Peak, and a few other peaks in the area). Continue over Carson Pass and past Caples Lake. You will reach the entrance road to Kirkwood Ski Resort (reset your odometer at the entrance). From the Kirkwood Ski Resort Entrance drive 4.1 miles to the Horse Canyon Trailhead (on left/south side of road).  You will pass the Carson Spur Vista Point and Thunder Canyon Trailhead. The sign for Horse Canyon Trailhead is small and it comes up quick.  There are no bathrooms at the trailhead (but read on)

                    In order to avoid a boring 2 mile walk on dirt roads through campgrounds we sill set up a car shuttle. We will leave the shuttle car (or cars) at the endpoint of the hike just up the road at an unmarked dirt road leading to a campground with bathrooms.  Anyone who wants to use the bathrooms can help us with the car shuttle and then return to the trailhead.

                    LINKS: Thunder Mountain
                    DOGS: okay
                    type: Black
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                    HIKE: Trestle Peak
                    DISTANCE: 6.8 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 1200 feet
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  Trail climbs ridge above Donner Lake South Shore Drive, crosses old railroad line, and climbs to Trestle Peak, above railroad tunnels and below Donner Peak.  Nice views of the Lake, Mt. Judah, and Tinkers Knob..
                    TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse park and park at Donner Pass Road just beyond park entrance to park.   Do not meet at the trailhead as parking at TH is limited.  Proceed via carpool to gate on South Shore Drive.
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes – leash required while in Donner State Park
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                    HIKE: Trout Creek Trail
                    DISTANCE: 3 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: unknown
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy down Moderate back up hill
                    DESCRIPTION:  The Trout Creek Trail is a Class 1 paved trail connecting Northwoods Boulevard near Coyote Moon Golf Course to Downtown Truckee at Bridge Street just north of Highway 80.  You walk from the Tahoe Donner neighborhood to downtown Truckee.  Once downtown, you can go as you please or join us for drinks and goodies at the Coffeebar and the return walk back.  For those with small children, it is always an option to drop a car in town to avoid the walk back up hill.
                    TRAILHEAD: Trout Creek Trail parking lot just off Northwood Blvd just before Coyote Moon Golf Course.
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes – leashed when needed
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                    HIKE: TRT Tahoe City to Brockway Summit
                    DISTANCE: 6-7 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 600’
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  Medium difficulty, initial incline then relatively flat – beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Highway 89 to Tahoe City, make a left before the Chevron station (Fairway Drive) Trailhead is on the left across from the yoga centre.
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: No
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                    HIKE: TRT East from Brockway Summit
                    DISTANCE: 9 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 700’
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  This will be an out and back on the section of the Tahoe Rim Trail between Brockway Summit and Tahoe City. We will head east toward Watson Lake but only go as far as the rock pile that has lovely views of Carnelian Bay and Lake Tahoe, about 4-1/2 miles from the trailhead.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Trailhead located on Highway 267 at 8:30: Parking is on west side of road about 1/2 mile after Brockway Summit.  There is no water or toilets at the trailhead.
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: TRT- Echo Summit to Big Meadow
                    DISTANCE: 15.3 miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION: There are beautiful lakes (Showers and Round), large meadows (Meiss and Big), wildflowers galore and the greatest variety of views and habitats of any section of the TRT.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 75 minutes from NW Clubhouse OR approximately 60 minutes from Squaw Valley Park (Corner Hwy. 89 & Squaw Valley Road) OR spend the night in South Lake Tahoe and meet at trail’s end (Big Meadow).  At Big Meadow leave cars and carpool to the summit. From Meyers, take Hwy. 50 westbound to Echo Summit. From the summit, drive just 0.3 miles and turn left into the large parking lot.
                    LINKS:n/a
                    DOGS: OK
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                    HIKE: Tyner Way Connector/ TRT/Gray Lake Semi-Loop/TRT/Brockway Summit
                    DISTANCE: 10+ Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate/Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION:  Point to Point. Start at the gate to the water tower on Marlene (off Tyner Way in Incline Village), hike uphill to the TRT, turn right, turn left toward Gray Lake, complete the semi-loop, then follow the TRT west to Brockway Summit.
                    TRAILHEAD: Approximately 45-50 minutes from Northwoods Clubhouse. Recommend everyone meet at trail’s end – Brockway Summit and have significant others shuttle everyone to the trailhead – off Hwy. 435 (Mt. Rose Hwy.), turn left on Barbara, Left on Jennifer, Right on Tyner Way. At the top of Tyner Way, turn left on Marlene and start hiking at the closed gate.
                    LINKS: n/a
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Volcano Lake
                    DISTANCE: 3.2 Miles round trip
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +1500’
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION:  Volcano Lake is a pretty, small lake to the east of Sardine Lake, and it sits within the Sierra County Land Trust area. The hike is moderate overall, but it is a gradual continuous uphill climb for the first 1.3 miles, and more strenuous for the last .3 miles.  Weather permitting this would be a good area to relax, picnic and swim. The Lake’s Basin is also a great place for a leisurely afternoon of exploring and ice cream at Bassett
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Proceed to Donner Camp.  Take CA-89 N to Calpine. Turn left on 89 North.   Turn left onto CA-49 S/CA-89 N (signs for Quincy/Downville).  Continue to follow CA-49 S Turn right onto Gold Lake Hwy.  Continue on Gold Lake Hwy. Turn left onto Packer Lake Rd.  Continue straight onto Sardine Lake Rd
                    LINKSVolcano Lake
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Waddel Ranch Hike
                    DISTANCE: 10 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +/- 1,200 ft
                    DIFFICULTY: Moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  It is 10 miles starting by the airport with 2 miles on the paved road, 1 at the start and the end. The trail is in decent condition by the creek and has logs to cross over.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 15 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Trailhead located the parking lot by the airport. It’s on 267 going towards Northstar just past the airport; turn on the first left after the stoplight at Shaffer Mills road. (Wait by the gate if you are not sure where leader is going to park)
                    LINKSWaddle Ranch
                    DOGS: Yes
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                    HIKE: Waddell Ranch to Lake Ella
                    DISTANCE: +/- 7 miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: 1,361ft
                    DIFFICULTY: moderate – sometimes rough under foot with drop-offs down to the stream.
                    DESCRIPTION:  We cross the meadow to the entrance to Waddell Ranch where we take the narrow, sometimes rough, East Martis Creek Trail to the top of the ridge; here we head across for a snack-break at Lake Ella. The route down is an easy walk along a forestry road back to the meadow. All of the hike is in shade except for the first and last stretch across the meadows.
                    TRAILHEAD:   TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Head south on 267, past the airport and past the turnoff for gliding and parachute jumping.
                    About a mile on there is a closed gate on the left – do a u-turn here and park +/- 100 yards up the road where there is room behind the snow poles to get off the road.  Meet at the gate. (This is a very busy road – keep dogs on a leash as they get out of your car and thru the gate!)
                    LINKS: Waddle Ranch link

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                    HIKE: Ward Creek to Tahoe City via TRT
                    DISTANCE: 5.2  Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +500′ -1000′
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION:  One way segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail from the trailhead located on Ward Creek Road to the trailhead located at the Tahoe City Transit Center.  There is a 500′ gain to approximately 7,000′ elevation during the first mile, and a 1,000′ downhill during the last two miles (but you don’t have to come back up!); the middle two miles are relatively flat.  Hopefully the wildflowers will be starting to come out in Page Meadows, which we will reach at the 1.5 mile point.
                    TRAILHEAD:TH is approximately 30 minutes from NW Clubhouse.   Proceed to Transit Center/64 Acres Riverside parking lot just south of “Y” in Tahoe.  This hike requires a car shuttle so we will leave some cars at the Transit Center and then everyone will proceed together to the Ward Creek trailhead.
                    LINKSWard Canyon
                    DOGS: Leashed
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                    HIKE: Warren/Paradise Lakes Loop
                    DISTANCE:  15.2 miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +2250
                    DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION: Strong hikers who don’t shy away from a challenge will find this hike a worthy undertaking and a rewarding experience. Once you reach Paradise Lake (after bushwhacking up an old stream bed) you can relax for a while and enjoy a swim. Return to Donner Summit on the PCT.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 20 minutes from NW Clubhouse.  Proceed to Donner Summit Rest Area Westbound Hwy 80
                    LINKS:n/a
                    DOGS: OK
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                    HIKE: Weimar Institute Trails
                    DISTANCE: Up to 5 Miles
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: Unknown
                    DIFFICULTY: Trails generally range from easy to moderate, with well-conditioned surfaces and very few rocks. Signage is very good.
                    DESCRIPTION: A wonderful nature preserve that is threaded by numerous well-maintained trails. The Institute graciously allows public access to its trails for use by hikers and equestrians. Extensive network of trails through oak/pine/manzanita forested areas with seasonal and year-round creeks and some natural meadows. Some trails have “tunnels” through old manzanita groves. Bring your camera.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH is approximately 60 minutes from NW Clubhouse. From I-80, take the West Paoli Lane exit and proceed to the frontage road on the west side of the freeway. Go right onto West Paoli Lane heading north, and look for the paved parking areas on your right. The main entrance to the campus is on the left. No registration is required. Enter via the main gate and cross the campus along the southerly side road to reach the trail network.
                    LINKSWeimar Institute Trails
                    DOGS: Yes, on leash only
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                    HIKE: Whiskey Creek and Little Needle Lake
                    DISTANCE: 12.5 miles approximate
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +3,850’ / -2,400
                    DIFFICULTY: Strenuous
                    DESCRIPTION: A seldom visited pleasure.  This is a point to point hike with a car shuttle. Gathering all hikers at Squaw Parking closest to tram, we will divide into cars to drive to Five Lakes TH on Alpine Meadows Rd. Climbing to 5 Lakes we will continue across the Sierra Crest and descend to a crossing of Whiskey Creek and take a rest break at the historic camp. Climbing on trail (name unknown but shown on maps and maintained) from here for 1 ½ miles we will eventually attain the ridge west of Whiskey Creek which can be seen from the top of Granite, Emigrant and Siberia chairs at Squaw. Following this off-trail ridge north over 3 small peaklets we will be afforded spectacular views the whole way. When we reach the summit of peak 8,535 we will look down on the remote Little Needle lake and can decide to descend down to its shore or turn west depending on conditions. In either case our next waypoint will be the junction of the Tevis trail with the PCT at a pass at elevation of 7,930. From here a straight forward walk on trail to the Watson Memorial and Emigrant Pass will lead us down to the top station of the tram and a ride back down to our cars and maybe a beer before completing the car shuttle.
                    TRAILHEAD: TH (Squaw parking closest to tram) is approximately 25 minutes from NW Clubhouse.
                    LINKS: USGS 7.5 minute – Granite Chief
                    DOGS: No
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                    HIKE: Wendin Way to Glacier Way
                    DISTANCE: 4.9 miles approximate
                    ELEVATION CHANGE: +1,200’
                    DIFFICULTY: Easy
                    DESCRIPTION: Climb from Wendin Way TH at the base of Johnson Canyon on I-80 up to Drifter Hut (TDXC) and over to Glacier Way TH – a one way hike requiring car shuttles.
                    TRAILHEAD: Meet at Glacier Way TH at the top of TD where we will arrange car shuttles to Wendin Way TH
                    LINKS: none
                    DOGS: Lease only
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                    HIKE:  Test Page Jump
                    DISTANCE:
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                    LINKS:n/a
                    DOGS: OK
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                    HIKE:
                    DISTANCE:
                    ELEVATION CHANGE:  approx. 1000
                    DIFFICULTY:  moderate
                    DESCRIPTION:  Add description here
                    TRAILHEAD:
                    LINKS:n/a
                    DOGS: not allowed
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