Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February 17, 2014 (Monday) Paint-out/snowshoe at Spooner Lake State Park

photo from article on 1st snowshoe of year 2014

Date:          February 17, 2014 (Monday) (Holiday - President's Day)
Time:          10:00 am (it is supposed to be a warm day!)
Place:          Spooner Lake State Park
Meeting Place:     Parking lot inside the park - there are two loops in the parking lot - look for Monika and I
Parking:       Park Fee envelopes at the entrance, plenty of parking
Amenities:    toilets.  Cross-country ski concession is no longer there. I don't know if rangers will be there
Pets:          Normally pets are not allowed.  I don't know if it is enforced in winter or not.

Optional:  Cross-country skiing to paint, snow shoeing to paint, hiking to paint, or paint close to your car.

What to bring:
  • Paint gear
  • Backpack, sled or means to carry said gear
  • camera
  •  sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  • appropriate snow clothes and boots - dress in layers
  • water and snack or lunch
  • your means of getting around - snowshoes, cross-country skiis, snow boots, appropriate poles
  • cell phones - however they don't work there very well.
Where to go and what to paint:

  1. The loop around the lake is easy and you don't have to go far or go all the way
  2. The trail to Marlette lake is a dirt road and you don't have to go far to see a beautiful meadow on your left.
  3. The service road that runs from the parking lot through the meadow should be nice as well.
  4. If you are able and willing, you can go to the old Spencer's Cabin.  It is probably a half a mile or so up the Marlette trail, or the service road goes to it as well.
It is recommended that if you go far, take someone with you.

Directions:  From Reno:  Take 395/580 south to Carson City, exit at the end of the freeway and go right on Fairview Drive, Left on Virginia Street (old 395), Right on Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe.  At the top of the pass, turn right on 28.  Make your first right into the park - Spooner State Park.

From Incline:  Take 28 south.  Before you get to Highway 50, turn left into the Spooner Lake State Park.

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