It’s about time to put away the mountain bikes and kayaks and start thinking about winter adventures. As the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, many people have discovered a new kind of adventure. Snowshoeing.
Snowshoeing is a great option for exercise during the winter. Not only is it an excellent workout, but it gives you time to take in some beautiful scenery and truly enjoy your surroundings. Snowshoeing is much easier on your feet then running or walking and using snowshoes cuts back on trail erosion.
Snowshoeing makes every trail different and new. There are hundreds of different trails located in the Lake Tahoe area.
Tahoe Meadows is just one example of a great snowshoeing trail. It is a popular winter playground for residents of the Reno/Tahoe area, as well as visitors. The trail is very busy on weekends, but crowds diminish during the week. At Tahoe Meadows, you can hike up an unnamed peak to brilliant vistas of Lake Tahoe and the Mt. Rose area.
If you are looking for something a little more intimate, check out the Old Mt. Rose Highway trail to the Christmas Tree trail. The 2.5 hour hike ends at the Christmas Tree restaurant, where you can reward your hard work with an amazing meal.
One of the best rated trails in the Reno/Tahoe area is the Galena Creek trail. This trail gives adventurers two options; you can take the high road, or the low road. The lower path stays along Galena Creek and is about half as long as the upper route. It still offers amazing views, but is much easier to navigate. The upper route cuts away into Forest Service land and requires some more work. The trail travels along a deep forested canyon and culminates at an open canyon with fabulous views at its upper end. This route is about twice as long as the lower hike, but the breath-taking views are worth it if you are in shape. It eventually connects with the lower route.
So do not let the cold weather keep you indoors. The Reno/Tahoe area is home to some of the most beautiful and spectacular views in the world. Snowshoeing is the perfect way for the whole family to enjoy what this our backyard has to offer. And you will get some great exercise at the same time!
For more info, google Reno/Tahoe Snowshoeing and dip into any number of resources, or contact local ski areas for specific trail information.