Dec 302017

Our first hike at Squaw Valley was the Shirley Canyon trail.   An great hike with a constant delight at every turn.   It is  bit more challenging than the Thunder Mountain Trail, but I recommend both.  The nice thing about the Squaw hikes you can get food and drinks, take a swim, sit in the hot tub or go skating at high camp… depending on the time of the year.   Then simply take the tram down.

Squaw Valley Cocktail

Squaw  Website description: Thunder Mountain Trail (approximately 3.2 miles, 2000′ elevation gain/loss) : The Thunder Mountain Trail is the perfect hike to explore Squaw Valley from the base to High Camp. Hikers start their adventure at the bottom of the Exhibition chairlift. From here you will walk towards the very wide bridge, which is where the route begins. The trail is clearly indicated by blue markings. Continue on the trail winding up the mountain. Your final destination will be just below the paintball fields at High Camp. PLEASE NOTE that the Thunder Mountain Trail passes over the summer construction access road. Please be aware of vehicle and heavy machinery traffic. Do not continue on the summer construction access road as it is closed for hiking.



Water was flowing


Dec 292017

Rifle Peak Hike at Lake Tahoe

There is great hiking in Tahoe and as we explore the many different hikes we are always amazed at the spectacular beauty that is Lake Tahoe. Our hike to Rifle Peak was yet another great adventure. The hike is a short drive from our vacation rental. along Tahoe Blvd. to 431.


The hike offers some some steep sections to work the cardio and legs. The trail head is on Marlene street.  We followed the fire road down then up to the water tower.  Moving beyond the water tower you start your incline.   When you break out of the trees there is a trail leading you over to the peak.   Right before the peak you can head up a trail, that was not hard to miss, to take you you up behind the peak.  From there you head over to the edge and take in some great views of the lake and all around.