Love At Frost Sight – Where To Start Your Snowshoeing Adventures In Lake Tahoe

By: Alex Silgalis

Couple snowshoeing at Kiva Beach with Mt Tallac in background Winter trails at South Lake Tahoe

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As the landscape transforms from a summer paradise to a winter wonderland, does that mean hiking adventures are off the menu? Absolutely not. Instead, they become snow shoeing excursions. Here’s some tips and a few ideas on where to go snow shoeing in Lake Tahoe for your first time.

Before You Go

The act of snow shoeing itself is pretty easy. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. The difference will be that you need to walk a little wider (due to the snowshoes) and lift your knees a little higher (due to snow levels).

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Compared to normal hiking, snowshoeing is going to be a better workout. You might be able to climb the tallest peaks in the summer, but we suggest keeping it mellow on your first sojourn into the backcountry.

Dress In Layers

Snow shoeing is a highly aerobic activity so you might start cold, but you’ll warm up pretty quickly. That’s why having multiple layers you can shed (or put on when resting) is always a good idea. For tips on what kind of clothing to wear for winter fun, check out Local Freshies’ article: The Emperor’s New Ski Clothes – What To Wear For Skiing & More.

Avalanche Country

If you don’t possess winter mountaineering skills, keep your travels on flat terrain or low inclines. This will make sure you avoid any areas that could put you at risk of an avalanche. Simple rule: meadows equal safer fun.

Camp Richardson

From first timers to avid outdoors people, Camp Rich is a must. Why? How often can you be mere yards away from the largest alpine lake in North America and look up to hulking beauty known as Mt. Tallac on a pair of snowshoes. And if you don’t own a pair of snowshoes, you can rent them right from the Mountain Sports Center.

FYI: No pets allowed, and a trail pass is required.

Grass Lake (Luther Pass)

If low snow depth is an issue, the easiest way to solve this problem is by going up in elevation. A great option is to head to Luther Pass. At a whooping 7,700’ above sea level, this area usually has plenty of snow even if it at lake level there isn’t much. At the summit of the pass, you’ll find a massive meadow containing a shallow lake called Grass Lake. It’s a great option for some snow play, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. This is also home to some of the most popular backcountry skiing in the region. If the first turn out is full of cars, just keep going. You’ll find a host of other places to park that will give you access to explore the meadow.

Spooner Lake State Park

If you’re staying in the casino corridor and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, follow Highway 50 deeper into Nevada to Spooner Summit. As you make a left onto NV-28, in about a mile look for the entrance of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on your right. Situated about a thousand feet higher, you’ll find plenty of snow too. This area is full of solitude and fantastic views of the Carson Range as you stroll your way up the snow-covered North Canyon Road.

In summary, a snowshoeing adventure in Lake Tahoe is a great way to get outside and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the snowscape. Keep in mind that YOU are responsible for your safety in the mountains, so if it’s your first outing, take it slow and keep it mellow. And if you’re looking for more ideas of how to have fun in the snow head over to our article: There’s “Snow” Doubt About It – Tahoe South Is Home To ALL The Snow Play Activities You Want To Do.

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