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Old 07-01-2010, 06:52 PM   #1
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Trails near Tahoe Donner?

I'm heading up to stay in Donner and Incline in August, and thought I'd ask here about any recommended trails in the area that I can roam in my TJ. I'm not looking for anything difficult, and would be happy just to have some fire road to tool around on, perhaps with a hiking trail at the end so I can entice the kids to come with me.

I've done some Interweb surfing and found these, anyone have any input, tips, other recommendations:

Boca Ridge/Verdi Peak
Soda Springs
Heness Pass
Independence Lake

Thanks!!

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Old 07-01-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Now is a lot of snow in the mountains. Last weekend I could not pass snow on roads twice, and got stuck once . I hope August will be better. Weather in California is broken

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last 7 miles of the Rubicon from Tahoma to the look out, easy/moderate. bear valley loop 15 miles out of Truckee 89N. Mt. Watson out of Tahoe city. Shirttail canyon, near Colfax
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OK, this might take 4-6 hours--take lunch

Go to Google maps and go to Truckee/89 North, to Henness pass rd-go West, check out the mountain beauty looking South

When you drop down to Truckee, there's a Shell and Union 78 station on the right--fill-up

Go around Jackson Meadows Lake-over damn and follow meadow Lake rd, you might need 4hi, to a sign (left) that says Sawmill lake/fauchere lake, it's one way only, you have to come back, if you do, then when you come back turn left on meadow lake road again and go half way on Bowman lake, hang a right on McMurry rd, might need 4hi, I haven't been there this year-

Then you can see McMurry lake and farther up Weaver lake, turn around come back to Meadow lake rd and turn left to go back the way you came !!

There may be some snow left, but I doubt it

Be careful, it's easy to get lost on these forrestry roads, cause there aren't that many signs


Jackson Meadow Lake



Sawmill lake



Bowman lake



I'can't tell you some of the other lakes cause you almost have to have been there

I might be there mid July/mid August, if I am you won't miss me, I'm the only yellow JK up there

You might do what I do and make color copies of the Google maps off the Computer, unless you have topo maps and I've got those, but the Google maps show the latest roads, within the last year !!

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Old 07-02-2010, 08:44 AM   #5
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Very cool guys, thanks for the input.

Jim, some great shots you have there, and I appreciate the driving directions!! I may have to disappear for a day and take a run at some of this. I have hiked to Sawmill Lake before, and it's a great little spot (and some good fishing as we watched a guy pull trout after trout last time we were there.) I'll look for your Jeep if I go.....mine will be the '97 Green Sahara with the tall dorky looking guy in the driver's seat!

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Old 07-02-2010, 08:54 AM   #6
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Have a great trip Rich, try to visit these areas off upper I80 and hiwy 89---during the week

On weelends-anymore- it's getting crowded, July/Aug

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Old 07-02-2010, 09:02 AM   #7
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Google maps is my friend..... This looks like a nice way to spend a day, Jim!!

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Thanks again!

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Heh Heh, yea thats it (blue line) and that road (sometime OK, sometimes not) goes all the way West to Hiwy 49 (Nevada City), but


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Google maps is my friend..... This looks like a nice way to spend a day, Jim!!

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That can take a long time and be EXTREMELY DUSTY !!

Here's a shot, loking down (North) from the Jackson Meadow Lake Dam and thats the (continuing Middle Fork of the Yuba river)



If you took 15 minutes and go down the right hand side of the dam, you go deaf from the snowfill runoff out of the dam gates

There are some BIG Brown trout in that lake !!

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Very cool pics, Jim. I'm looking forward to getting out there (with camera!)

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from bowman lake heading west graniteville rd. to alleghany back up foote rd. to columbia hill.long day but cool area.the signs aren't great but i could always find someone to ask which way. the trail into alleghany will require 4 wheel drive but wasn't too bad going downhill.
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Thanks, Al, will check that out as well!!

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Thanks, Al, will check that out as well!!

Rich
Hi Rich. Most of the roads the guys mentioned are great...not too tough and great scenery. The run out through Henness Pass is particularly good...all kinds of different terrain and road surfaces.

One caution, though. During the week there's a lot of logging going on in most of those areas. The logging trucks all run CBs and if you find out what channel they're on you can get a good idea of their whereabouts. If there's active log hauling going on there will probably be mile markers painted on trees or rocks or maybe just stuck up on trees with pie plates.
Cut them some slack if you can. They'll pass the word that the "tall dorky looking guy in the green Sahara" is okay and you'll find that they're a pretty helpful bunch if you need directions or have a problem.

And if you see a silver JK with a black FreedomTop driven by a grizzled old guy with chainsaws in the back it might be me. I'm not working in that particular area right now but in this business you never know where you'll wind up.
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gologit-

That's a good head's up! I don't have a CB, but will keep my eyes/ears peeled for logging activity, and will make sure to be a "good neighbor!" We usually give the grizzled old guys with chainsaws a wide berth, but we'll look for your black JK!!

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