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Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation, Recreation and Education In Desolation Wilderness

Once Known Simply As The “Devils Valley” Desolation Wilderness Turns 50! Sierra Rec Magazine, October 2019 – In 1969, the Lake Tahoe Region became home to Americas newest Wilderness Area, Desolation Wilderness. A 64,000 acre plot of land once called the “Devils Valley” inhabited only by the Washoe and set aside as the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931. Desolation Wilderness in 50 years has become one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. With the proximity to Lake Tahoe and the easy of access provided by numerous trailheads from every side of the wilderness boundary,...

Winter Weather Changing Travel and Camping Plans in the Sierra

The State of the Inyo, as of 11/22/19 Report confirms Winter Storms Will Alter Plans of Holiday Travelers and Late Fall Recreation Plans Eastern Sierra, Nov. 22, 2019 – There are lots of changes this week with the first round of snow and more is in the forecast for next week. This is the time of year when conditions can change rapidly, so please check with Caltrans for road conditions: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ and travel with tire chains, food and water, and blankets for safety. Of note, the Rock Creek Road is closing (at the Sno Park) on 11/25 and  the Lakes Basin (Lake...

NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RESORT HOSTS ONLY US STOP OF THE 2019 ENDURO WORLD SERIES AUGUST 24-25

The Northstar Bike Park will be open to the public for the seventh round of the Enduro World Series TRUCKEE, Calif. – Aug. 22, 2019 – Northstar California Resort will host the only U.S. stop during the 2019 Enduro World Series (EWS), August 24-25. Presented by North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA), the penultimate EWS event at Northstar Mountain Bike Park will feature 600 athletes competing in arguably the birthplace of mountain biking, for round seven of the sold-out competition. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. each day. Easy viewing can be best accessed...

Plumas National Forest – Elk Information Sought

Quincy, CA – Plumas National Forest wildlife crewmember Abby Marshall is asking the community for help by sharing their knowledge of local elk populations. This information will assist the Forest in their efforts to restore and improve elk habitat management. Marshall is a graduate student focusing on wildlife management within her Natural Resources Master’s program at OSU. Marshall is a Plumas County native (Cromberg and Portola) and current resident. She is also the reigning Women’s World Champion for the Longboard Races held at Johnsville Ski Hill. “I’m creating a monitoring plan to identify important elk calving areas and habitat on...

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY SEASONAL PASS CLOSURES IN THE SIERRA

EBBETTS PASS (STATE ROUTE 4), MONITOR PASS (STATE ROUTE 89), AND SONORA PASS (STATE ROUTE 108) CLOSED FOR 2019/2020 WINTER SEASON Stockton – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Route 89 over Monitor Pass and Route 108 over Sonora Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season as of Monday, December 2, 2019. The routes were last open to vehicle traffic on November 26, 2019. The recent storms and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the passes and subsequent...

TRAFFIC ADVISORY SEASONAL PASS CLOSURES IN THE SIERRA

EBBETTS PASS (STATE ROUTE 4), MONITOR PASS (STATE ROUTE 89), AND SONORA PASS (STATE ROUTE 108) CLOSED FOR 2019/2020 WINTER SEASON Stockton – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Route 89 over Monitor Pass and Route 108 over Sonora Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season as of Monday, December 2, 2019. The routes were last open to vehicle traffic on November 26, 2019. The recent storms and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the passes and subsequent...

Sierra-at-Tahoe Sets Opening Date for the 2019/20 Season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – November 27, 2019 – Sierra-at-Tahoe is please to announce that it will begin spinning lifts for the 2019-20 Winter Season this Saturday, November 30, at 8:30AM. After a slow start to November, Mother Nature has turned on the tap, bringing Sierra two feet of snow and counting in the last 48 hours. This, combined with Sierra’s snowmaking efforts, will allow the resort to open for operation this Saturday. Conditions permitting, Sierra plans to run Easy Rider Express, Rock Garden Chair and two surface lifts, with access to 2 runs and one terrain park. “It truly...

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Nevada City, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade…All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019. Fourth graders can obtain a FREE Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permit by presenting an Every Kid Outdoors...

Seeking Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Seeking hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Do you love the wilderness? Are you committed to preserving its’ breathtaking beauty? Do you love working with people and spending time in the outdoors? Can you match your motive for volunteering with the mission and priorities of the Forest Service? Most importantly, do you have the time, willingness and dedication to volunteer and help preserve our most popular back-country natural area near Lake Tahoe? If so, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may offer...

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Exploring the Lakes of Pyramid Creek ~ A Desolation Wilderness Adventure

Go Off Trail And Explore This Stunning Chain of Lakes Near Lake Tahoe Desolation Wilderness, Ca – Pyramid Creek is best known for its 500 ft cascade down horsetail falls off HWY 50 at Twin Bridges as you leave Lake Tahoe Basin back towards Sacramento.  One of the largest waterfalls in the state of California, Horsetail Falls is a popular destination for day hikers looking to experience Desolation Wilderness up close, without a long distance hike into the wilderness. A moderate to easy 3 mile loop hike from the parking lot will put you at the base of one...

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Backpacking Young Lakes in Yosemite

Sierra Rec Magazine, August 2018 – Backpacking in Yosemite is a life goal for many who visit this pristine granite palace in the High Sierra.  As a beginning backpacker, I was overjoyed to learn in March that we had secured 6 passes into the Yosemite Wilderness and Young Lakes, for my first backpacking experience ever.  Young Lakes is a beautiful set of three high alpine lakes sitting just over 9800′ at the lowest level and 10,250′ at the high lake with views of Mt Conness (12,589′), Ragged Peaks and Shepard’s Peak highlighting the panoramic skylines. Lower Young Lake just before Sunset....

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Venturing Out Tours Cooking Up Great Adventure For Guests in Truckee

Local Truckee Couple Dedicated to Living a Life Of Adventure and Sharing The Experience With Others. Sierra Rec Magazine – Truckee CA, February 2019 – As a bright eyed two year old sliding down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort with her parents, Nikki Umatum would never dream her life may lead her from Southern California to a 24 hour adventure lifestyle in Truckee California.  Fast forward to college, studying International Business at San Francisco State and daring to actually spend time writing down her life goals; including an increasing desire to have adventure be a defining feature...

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