Strap into snowshoes this National Winter Trails Day and join a guided tour on January 25 as part of the Sugar Pine Foundation Snowshoe with Local Experts 2.0. This leisurely hike is family-friendly and super economical costing just $5 with proceeds going toward Tahoe conservation making it a win-win for everybody!
This roundtrip leisurely hike encompasses 4 miles from Echo Lake Sno-Park to Lower Echo Lake and lasts from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Participants get the chance to eat their packed lunch at the historic lodge and take advantage of great photo spots at lower Echo Lake.
The Sugar Pine Foundation has been dedicated to restoring the natural regeneration of white pines since 2005. They collect white pinecones and plant them for future generations of nature-lovers to enjoy and to help the region's wildlife. The event is also being co-hosted by The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), a community of volunteers and members committed to preserving Tahoe trails. The TRTA guides are well-trained volunteers passionate about the outdoors and excited to make the hike fun while teaching participants all about trees.
Pack plenty of snacks and water, especially if the snow levels change as the deeper the snow, the more challenging the hike and bring an extra pair of dry socks for after the hike. Prior to arriving at the starting point, each vehicle needs to purchase a $5 SnoPark parking permit as there's no parking on the entry road.
Jump online to register and make sure to join the waitlist if the trek gets sold out or check the TRTA website for downloadable and interactive trail maps to choose your own trail adventure. If blazing trails using one of their maps, make sure to plan ahead and prepare - check the forecast and trail conditions and make sure to wear the right gear.