Archive for the ‘Hiking’ category

Fall Color Update #4

November 5, 2010

There are still a few spots of color around but mostly the trees are past their prime for this year.

A notable exception is the grove of Aspens located at Bourne Curve just west of our office at the Pine Cone Resort on US 50.  They are currently at their peak but that could end soon due to a weather system that is forecast to arrive Saturday afternoon.

This will be the final update on fall colors for this year.

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Kokanee Salmon Festival

September 29, 2010

The annual Kokanee Salmon Festival is the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd.  Click Here for more information.

We just got back from a preview look over at Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  The creek is thick with beautiful salmon.  Easy to see in the crystal clear water.

Come on up and have a look.  It’s a sight like no other.

Note:  The link above is often quite slow in opening so be patient.  It’s well worth the wait.

Fall Colors Update #1

September 27, 2010

Well folks, not much to report yet.  Although there are small spots of color the trees around the Tahoe region are still mostly green.  We’ll try and take a look in the next day or two over in nearby Hope Valley but it’s unlikely that much is happening yet.

The reports we’ve seen indicate most of the colors are far south of us at this time.  Mostly in the Bishop area.  If you’re going to be in that location during the next week or so you should check out Rock Creek, Bishop Creek, and Lake Sabrina.

We’ll post an update when we have more information.

The Times Of Betwixt And Between

September 21, 2010

Well, the summer season is over and it is autumn, that wonderful time of the year between the hot days of summer and the cold snows of winter.  The temperatures are noticeably cooler now and the crowds are mostly gone.

Soon the yearly display of fall foliage will burst forth in its eyeball dazzling array of yellow, gold, and red leaves.  We’ll be keeping an eye on the progress so we can report the best places for you to enjoy Mother Nature’s spectacular show.

We’ll sign off for now so we can begin driving around and compiling our reports.  Yeah, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.  🙂

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

July 27, 2010

Over on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, close to a mile past Camp Richardson, you’ll find the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  Operated by the National Forest Service it is a Day Use Area and there is no entrance fee.

The main attraction is the Rainbow Trail, a 1/2 mile interpretive loop that meanders through meadows, native plant life, and alongside the banks of Taylor Creek.  At the halfway point the well maintained trail takes you down a ramp and into the Stream Profile Chamber.  There, a diverted section of the creek flows past large glass windows giving you a below the surface view of the stream and its inhabitants.

Give it a look-see, folks.  It’s well worth the short drive over there. For more information: Taylor Creek Visitor Center

The Old Lighthouse

July 21, 2010

Continuing on with D. L. Bliss State Park we also recommend taking the trail to the old lighthouse and then on around to Rubicon Point. The views of the lake and surrounding mountains are simply stunning. Be certain to have your camera with you.

At the park entrance ask the ranger for a brochure that has a map showing all the features and trails.

Enjoy the beauty and the fresh air.

Balancing Rock

July 13, 2010

 While you’re visiting the Lake Tahoe region you might consider taking a drive over to D.L. Bliss State Park for a short 1/2 mile hike to Balancing Rock.

It’s an easy nature trail with numbered stops along the way where you can learn about the geology, plants, and wildlife of the area.

You’ll also find a couple of other neat trails in the park and some small beaches. I think you will really enjoy it.

D.L. Bliss is located on the west shore a couple of miles north of the Emerald Bay State Park parking lot. For more information check out the website at: D.L. Bliss State Park.