Time: 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 for paying entrance: 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: Those of us who will be meeting in the pay entrance 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.
Optional Free Parking: If you wish, you can park for free outside of the park. Parking lot and trail head to Spooner Lake is on Highway 50 about 3/4 mile east of the intersection of 50 and 28. It will be on the north side of 50. From the parking you can hike about 10 minutes up and over the hill and down into the trail that loops around Spooner Lake where we will be painting.
Colors: These pictures were taken on 8-13-13. The colors will be different - maybe the aspens will be turning (?)
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
- 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 to Spooner State Park (pay entrance): 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