Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 20, 2013 (Tuesday) Spooner Lake Paint-Out

Date:         August 20, 2013
Time:         9: 15 or 9:30 am
Place:         Spooner Lake State Park
Parking:      Entry fee is $10.00 per car, $2 per bicycle in, $1 walk-in
Meeting Place:     If you drive in, turn right to park in the area where bicycles can be rented.  There is a paved path with "Interpretive Trail" sign.  I will park near that trailhead.

Amenities:     Bathrooms, drinking fountains, Bicycle repair shop, maps at the ranger entrance, trails in all directions - around Spooner Lake, and in the other direction to Marlette Lake (a very long hike) and also bike trails to Flume Trails.  Dogs permitted on leash only.

Painting Places:      We will be walking down to the interpretive area and pass the picnic benches in a cement patio.  We will continue on a dirt trail that is called the Spooner Lake loop.  It is a gentle and mostly level path through the shady aspen and fir trees that heads south or southeast.  Carts can be used.  You can stop anywhere you wish to paint, but step off the trail so hikers and dogwalkers (all on leash) can pass.

Colors:  These pictures were taken on 8-13-13.  The grasses and reeds are orange, gold and rust.  The meadow flowers have faded.  Some willows are beginning to turn.  Aspen trees still a rich green, evergreens are dark.  Lots of variety in color right now.

What to bring:

  • $10 if you don't have an annual Nevada State Parks pass (about $100 per year and good at Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake, Washoe Lake, and all other Nevada State Parks)
  • painting gear
  • camera
  • cart, shoulder bag, or backpack to walk as far as you want
  • walking shoes
  • cell phone service is spotty
  • drinking water and snacks or lunch
  • hat, sunscreen, bug spray (just in case), umbrella if you choose to sit in a sunny spot
Directions:  From Reno:
580 South to Carson City, take the last exit (Fairview) and turn Right
Turn Left at old 395
Turn Right at Hwy 50 to South Lake Tahoe
At the summit, turn Right on Hwy 28
About 500 yards the entrance to the park will be on your Right

Travel Time:  45 minutes from Southern Reno


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