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Any Easy Trails Near Truckee/Tahoe?

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by tacomtn, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Jul 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM
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    By easy I mean not requiring a lifted truck or armor. I just want to go somewhere easy where there's some nice views, maybe a lake, a place for some hiking.

    Google is my friend. I found this one about Mount Watson trail. Sounds like it has exactly what I was looking for.
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=33695

    Anyone riding this trail?
     
  2. Jul 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    I think that one's in our 4wd book. We tried it last year, but there was a locked gate closing it off. Supposedly it goes over to hwy 267 (unlike what shows on the link) so maybe that end is still open? I'd sure like to know.
     
  3. Jul 29, 2011 at 6:50 AM
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    I haven't been there in a few years but there are a few around nearby Donner lake that have great views and go to smaller lakes.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    Yeah, hopefully it's open. I'd hate to go that far only to find a closed gate.

    Hey, ag.

    You're avatar is cool!!! That's Toshiro Mifune from Yojimbo! One of the 'ol classic samurai cut 'em ups. He was one cool dude on screen and the epitomy of the samurai aura. I actually met him in person back in 1985.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    If you go, this link has directions from Hwy 267 (since I know the end at Tahoe City is locked by a gate now). Since there's camping up there, I'm sure the Hwy 267 end is open (and the author of the link went just last year...same time when the other end was locked).
    http://www.tahoeloco.com/archives/2938
     
  6. Jul 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    Is 20 to 25 min fromTruckee close? If so we are doing a Taco run on Hunter Lake Trail on Aug 6th.You are welcome to join us. We have 12 TW members going (10 4x4s & 2PreRunners). I’m not familiar with this trail but it’s not supposed to be hard.One of the members going did it last weekend and this is what he had to say.



    We are going to meet up intown at Relentless Fabrications @ 9AM and head up to Verdi. I’m guessing we’llbe there between 9:15 & 9:45. Not sure where we could meet you Josh(sierrahsky) would know.

    Thread link http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/south-west/167767-reno-sparks-trail-run.html
    Come play with us!
     
  7. Jul 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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    I don't remember what the road was called at all, but it was right off of 267 and was a very easy and fun drive that I just did last weekend. It was basically just a fire service road, was mostly paved and had some great views!

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  8. Aug 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM
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    I'm coming. What is the address for the meeting place?
     
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    Yes one of my heros, wish I could have met him. I have all of his Samurai movies and a couple of others, he was the best.

    If anyone hasnt seen them rent the seven samurai or yojimbo.

    and i was just up near Donner, all snowed-in, still
     
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    Yeah those the top samurai movies. Kurosawa was a master!

    Still snow. Amazing this late as summers winding down
     
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    Mt Watson is open. Views are awesome too. Pretty straight forward and reasonable. Mt. Ellis is a littler harder to get to but you can see both ends of the lake from there...oh, you'll be heading up from McKinney-Rubicon and it's slow going. 4L and tight.
     
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    There is a OHV park above Elk Point before Zephyr Cove, you can see South Lake from the peak up there:
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    Scott's Lake off the 88 before Kirkwood:
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    I ran some fireroad/trails near Prosser Dam in Truckee and it was pretty fun. You can drive right up to the lake...I almost got stuck in it :facepalm:
     
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    If you want to explore a little bit, you can find a bunch of stuff here.

    The guy has written other trail guides for the desert and also for the coastal areas.
     
  17. Sep 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    I am late indeed to this forum! Many apologies ...

    I can't give you late reports on conditions, but here are some Tahoe-area routes you can take in a stock Tacoma, 4Runner (which I drive), etc. This is typically a terrific time of year in the Sierra:

    Genoa Peak Road (14N32) and nearby Logan House Road (14N33), between US 50 and Daggett Pass on SR 207

    Barker Pass Loop (via roads 3, 15N38, 3013), between Idlewild and Tahoma

    Mt. Watson, already discussed

    Martis Peak ... crudely paved a few years ago, but we can hope that it didn't stick :)

    Also in the northern Sierra, don't overlook Henness Pass Road.

    Enjoy!

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    Hey Tony! Thanks for chiming in here.

    For those that don't know, Tony's the guy who writes all of those great "Byways" books and has been an enormous help on several very adventurous trips over on www.advrider.com.

    Worth checking his books out. Especially if you're looking for some short 4x4 routes through cool places.
     
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