2nd Annual Margie Powell Memorial Hike

Due to an outstanding turnout last year for the Margie Powell memorial hike, this year the Serene Lakes Property Owners’ Association (SLPOA) announced the 2nd annual hike will be held on both Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, offering two terrific opportunities to learn about one of the richest historical and bilogical locations on the Summit.  

The guided hike this year will be in the Summit Valley/Van Norden area.  An easy hike (actually, a walk!), the terrain is flat and will go around the Van Norden Meadow , considered to be one of the largest of its kind north of Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows.   Hikers will be able to see grinding rocks, metates, capules, Dutch Flat Wagon Road, the dam, the ice company site, sheep pens and sheepherders shack, old hotel and cabin site.  Plus there is extensive wildlife including numerous bird and butterfly species, amphibians, various mammals and hundreds of plant species.

Starting at 10 a.m on both days, hikers should bring the ususal – water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, sunhat, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes and whatever else all good hikers take with them to make the experience enjoyable and fun.  Location of a meeting place is yet to be determined.

Summer Hikes on Donner Summit

Looking for some fun hikes this summer?  For a change, why not check out the some really cool guided hikes on Donner Summit?

Led by George Lamson and Linda Cashion, long time residents of Serene Lakes, the hikes will go along the Royal Gorge cross country ski trails, stopping at scenic warming huts.  Three of the hikes (June 30, July 14 and August 4) are co-sponsored by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and are limited to 30 hikers so be sure to sign up with TDLT in advance. 

Generally beginning at 9 am on Sunday mornings, with dates and places subject to change based on when and where wildflowers are blooming, everyone is welcome including kids and well-behaved dogs!  (Do take note of the level of exertion for each hike.) It’s recommended hikers bring along insect repellent (especially for the early hikes), good comfortable hiking footware, sun hat and sunscreen, water bottle.

Here is the tentative list of hikes:

June 16: Rowton Peak

The hike up to Rowton Peak starts at the Ice Lakes Lodge parking lot.  In previous years, hikers saw camus lilies in the meadow next to the Tiny Tim Trail.  On the climbing up to Rowton Peak, the geology of the summit area can be observed and at the top, hikers will be rewarded with stunning views of Serene Lakes and Royal Gorge.  On the way down, hikers will go past the Bogus Bain warming hut. 

Exertion Level: Strenuous

June 30: Snow Mountain Warming Hut

This hike follows the Royal Gorge trails over Castle Pass to the Snow Mountain warming hut.  In past year, wildflowers abounded on the trail and hopefully will this year too.  Upon reaching the warming hut, there’s a terrific view of Snow Mountain and Devil’s Peak.  NOTE: Co-sponsored with Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Exertion level: Moderate

July 14: Lyle’s Lookout

An easy hike with not much change in elevation.  On the way to Lyle’s lookout, hikers should see a variety of wildflowers including tiger lilies and columbine.  The view from the lookout is gorgeous and at one point, Castle Peak can be viewed one direction and Devil’s Peak, the other.  NOTE: Co-sponsored with Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Exertion Level: Easy

July 21: Palisades Peak

Steep hike up to Palisades Peak warming hut where you’ll find groves of old growth forest.  The hike is worth the resulting views.

Exertion Level: Strenuous

August 4: Point Mariah

Great place from which to see Royal Gorge with views of Serena Creek gorge and lots of wildflowers on the way.  NOTE: Co-sponsored with Truckee Donner Land Trust.

Exertion Level: Moderate

August 18: Lower Cascade Lake

This hike will be in the area near Devil’s Peak.

Exertion Level: Strenuous

For more detailed information on the hiking schedule, click here.

June Schedule of Events for Truckee / Lake Tahoe

JUNE  2013

June 5          Breakfast at Marty’s Cafe – Fundraiser

10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee – 8 am – 12:30 pm

June 5          Biz Talk Blender – Conference

11331 Brockway Road, Truckee – 5 pm – 6:30 pm

June 7          Sierra Solstice – New Painting by Eileen Blodgett

North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City – 5 pm – 7 pm

June 7          First Fridays – Music, Drink & Food

Historic Downtown Truckee – 5:30 pm – 8 pm

June 8          Truckee Running Festival – 5k, 10k 1/2 Marathon Run

12200 Joerger Drive, Truckee Riverview Sports Park – 7 am – 11:30 am

June 8          Truckee Brew Fest – Music, Recreation, Drink & Food

Brockway Road, Truckee River Regional Park – 1 pm – 5 pm

June 10        Truckee Donner Chamber Mixer

10382 Donner Pass Road, Artisans Market Place – 5 pm – 7 pm

June 11         Good Morning Truckee – Community Forum

10356 Airport Road, Truckee – 7 am – 8:30 am

June 13        Truckee Thursdays – Community Street Faire

Historic Downtown Truckee – 5 pm – 9 pm

June 15        Big Blue Adventure – Thunderbird Run – Festival

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor – 10 am – 4 pm

June 16        Truckee Fathers Day RibFest & BBQ – Music, Drink & Food

11890 Donner Pass Road, TriCounties Bank Plaza, Truckee – 12 pm – 4 pm

June 18        Foothill Farmers Market

10550 Brockway Road, Truckee River Regional Park – 8 am – 1 pm

June 19        Free Summer Music Concert Series – Music, Drink & Food

Brockway & 267, Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater 6 pm – 8:30 pm

June 20       Truckee Thursdays – Community Street Faire

Historic Downtown Truckee – 5 pm – 9 pm

June 22       Kick-Off Fun Run

Paige Meadows Trail, Tahoe City – 9 am – 11 am

June 22       Truckee Chili Cook Off – Fundraiser

Brockway Road, Truckee River Regional Park – 12 pm – 6 pm

June 23       Burton Creek Trail Run – 5k, 10k 1/2 Marathon Run

938 Country Club Drive, Burton Creek State Park, Tahoe City – 7 am – 4 pm

June 23       Birds of Lake Tahoe – Nature Hike

Paige Meadows Trail, Tahoe City – 7:30 am – 9:30 am

June 23       Salewa Shoe Demo

415 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 9 am – 3 pm

June 23       Concerts on Commons Beach – Music, Drink & Food

Commons Beach, Tahoe City – 4pm – 7 pm

June 24       Yoga on the Lake

Commons Beach, Tahoe City – 8 am – 11 am

June 25       Suunto Ambit Demo – GPS Gear

415 N. Lake Boulevard, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 9 am – 12 pm

June 25       Lecture: Conditioning  Strategies/Injury Prevention

415 N. Lake Boulevard, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

June 26       Youth Stand Up Paddle Board Sessions

Commons Beach, Tahoe City – 9:30 am – 10:30 am

June 26       Meet Ellie Greenwood – Western States 100 Champion

415 N. Lake Boulevard, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 3 pm – 5 pm

June 26       Free Summer Music Concert Series – Music, Drink & Food

Brockway & 267, Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater 6 pm – 8:30 pm

June 27       Truckee Thursdays – Community Street Faire

Historic Downtown Truckee – 5 pm – 9 pm

June 27       Lil 2 Eyes – Theatre Workshop

10046 Church Street, Truckee Community Arts Center – 6 pm – 8 pm

June 27       Outdoor Movies at The Village at Squaw Valley

1960 Squaw Valley Road, The Village at Squaw Valley – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

June 28       Lil 2 Eyes – Theatre Workshop

10046 Church Street, Truckee Community Arts Center – 6 pm – 8 pm

June 28       Lecture: Are You Fooled or Fueled by Food

415 N. Lake Boulevard, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

June 29-30 Western States 100 Endurance Run

Squaw Valley to Auburn – 8 am – 4 pm

June 29        Lecture: Half Dome – The Other Side of the Story

415 N. Lake Boulevard, Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

June 30        Big Blue Adventures Tahoe Waterman Challenge – SUP Event

Tahoe City – 10 am – 12 pm

June 30        Concerts on Commons Beach – Music, Drink & Food

Commons Beach, Tahoe City – 4pm – 7 pm