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Project Category: Hiking Trails

20 Lakes Basin Hike

20 Lakes Basin Location: Located Behind saddlebag Lake off Tioga Pass – elevation 10,ooo plus feet Route:  8 Miles Plus Moderate Rocky trail Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Photography, Backcountry skiing How To Get to 20 Lakes Basin:  Travel up HWY 120  (Tioga Pass out of Lee Vining) about 10 miles, take Saddlebag Lake Recreational turn off North. (Road partly paved, part dirt., Most vehicles can make it back to lake) Park at Saddlebag Lake Recreational Parking. Toilets available, Bear Box Available. West Rout Cross Dam for the trailhead,  Eastern Route follow Road.  1.5 Miles around Saddlebag Lake to the 20 Lakes...

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Exploring PG&E Recreational Lakes Near Blue Lakes in Alpine County Ca

The Blue Lakes and Blues Lakes Recreational Camping Area off HWY 88 in Alpine County is a very popular destination for local and regional campers in the summer.  In the Winter this area is only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skiing. This set of PG&E managed lakes/reservoirs are part of the California water & power system but provide some of our favorite day trip recreation in the central Sierra and Lake Tahoe region. A trip down Blue Lakes Hwy, located a few miles south of the Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 interchange headed toward Kirkwood, is a very scenic representation of the...

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Hiking To Marlette Lake From Chimney Beach in Lake Tahoe

A Sierra Rec Magazine Adventure Guide –  Hiking to Marlette Lake There are three main routes to get to Marlette Lake. Marlette Lake – is Located on the East Side of Lake Tahoe adn sits at approx 7800′ in the Sierra Range betweeen Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Marlette Lake is one of two natural lakes (the other is Incline Lake near the Tahoe Meadows) that were deepened via small dams in the late 1800s to increase their depth. Their water was them run along flumes to Tunnel Creek to send timber through the Carson Range to the Carson...

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Placer Big Trees Grove

Placer Big Trees grove is the most northerly stand of naturally occurring Giant Sequoias, Sequoiadendron giganteum, and is found 22 miles east of Foresthill overlooking the Middle Fork American River. This area has been designated as a Botanical Special Interest Area by the Forest Service. The trees have been a popular tourist attraction since the 1800s and each bears the name of a prominent American. A nature trail and picnic area offer visitors a nice lunch or rest stop. This is a great day trip out of Reno, Carson City or Sacramento area. Here is a review from a local writer in the...

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The Best Waterfall Hikes Near Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is no slouch when it comes to beautiful waterfalls in the Sierra.  Up and down the Sierra and throughout the Sierra National Parks there are some amazing waterfall features.  These short Day hike experiences near Lake Tahoe will not disappoint when looking for a great waterfall visit. Alpine Falls – Fallen Leaf Lake  Popular Hike on the backside of Fallen Leaf Lake. Beautiful Cascade of water and easy access to get you up close and personal. Eagle Falls – Emerald Bay Located just off Hwy 89. Parking can sometimes be tough, but a beautiful waterfall that can...

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Chickadee Ridge – Lake Tahoe Adventure

Discover Chickadee Ridge – A Lake Tahoe Adventure Chickadee Ridge 39.2923910, -119.9177925 Instagram Facebook Pinterest Final Weekend for Camping in Tahoe Region for multiple Camp Locations by Sierra REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher | October 13, 2017 | Camping, Central Sierra, Lake Tahoe, National Forest, News and Events | 0 Comments Forest Service campgrounds, roads in Tahoe Basin to begin closing for the season SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will soon begin closing recreational facilities and forest roads around the Lake Tahoe Basin for the... Read More Tahoe Community...

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Heart Lake Trail – Lassen National Forest

Heart Lake Trail Seeking that day adventure where you may not see many people? At the edge of Lassen National Forest, you may enjoy a quick day hike or 1-day backpack experience with solitude among the forest and sky of Lassen National Forest. Located on the west side of Lassen Volcanic National Park off HWY 17  in the Digger creek area. A non-motorized National Recreation Trail ideal for hiking and equestrian use, the Heart Lake trail is 4.7 miles along Martin creek with scenic views of Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. A Review of the trail be Lassen Hiking Association: Up through a...

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Spencer Meadow Trail – Lassen National Forest

The Spencer Meadows Trail is in the shadow of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The loop portion of the trail overlooks the Mill Creek Drainage, 1,500 feet below. This section is also an area with large meadows and spectacular views. The meadow itself borders the park. Recognized as a National Recreational Trail- The Spencer Meadow Loop has all the necessary elements for a great hike: cool forests, flower-dotted meadows, a tumbling stream with a waterfall, and far-ranging views. The only element lacking from this trip is people, as most hikers in the area opt for hikes in the more popular, neighboring...

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