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Stateline Fire Lookout Hike, Brockway

Paul Smith said on October 28th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, PLACES TO SEE

Stateline Fire Lookout is a great hike, if you don’t have a lot of time.Brockway Fire Lookout

To get to the beginning of the trail/road, go up Reservoir Road, which is behind the Tahoe Biltmore, take Lakeview Avenue to the right and watch for Lookout Road that comes down from the left. The hike is really more of a walk, in-that you’re on a paved road.  The walk  takes less than 30 minutes.  If you take the time to enjoy the views and read the placards filled with history and maybe bring a lunch, you could easily spend a  couple hours.  The original lookout tower is no longer standing, but you can get a feel of how it must have been for the person tending the Fire Lookout. From this viewing area you can see from California to Nevada.

Brockway Fire Lookout_1If you do bring a lunch there is a nice picnicking area with tables, trash cans and restrooms. There are also walking paths and benches to enjoy the views.

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Emerald Bay Campground, Lake Tahoe

Paul Smith said on October 11th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, PLACES TO SEE

Emerald Bay Campground View Point

Planning For Tahoe Camping.

I have lived at Lake Tahoe for over twenty years and only camped at the lake about five times. So this year I decided to plan at least two camping trips at a Lake Tahoe campground for next summer.

There is a campground on the south side of Emerald Bay where the road is narrow and winds back and forth.  I have noticed it for years but never took the time to stop and see what the campground has to offer. Well, this year I did stop and walked through the campground. I was so impressed that I am going to make a reservation for next summer.

Emerald Bay Campground looking North

The Camp Ground has over 70 camp sites along a paved road that runs through a ravine and at the end opens to some wonderful lake view camp sites.  There are trails to access the lake and you can hike as far as to the entrance of Emerald Bay.  They have all the amenities you would expect such as: barbecues, restrooms, food storage lockers and a small amphitheater.  The only thing it does not offer that I was hoping for, is a place to launch a kayak.

If you have camped here please comment below.

The second camping trip I’m planning for next summer is to circumnavigate the lake by kayak with my son, Justin. If you have done this trip and have any advice, please comment below.  I will share my plans and research for my kayak trip around Lake Tahoe in a future Blog.

Here is the link to reserve a camp spot for next summer

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Tahoe Rim Trail Hike in Tahoe City near the Fairway Center

Paul Smith said on September 10th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, PLACES TO SEE

A couple of days ago we took a hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The trail head is located on Fairway Drive near the Chevron Station as you enter Tahoe City. Go up Fairway Drive, pass the golf course and look for a spot to park. This portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail is great for an afternoon hike. It can either be a short or a long one. You might want to grab a map at the trail head before you head out.

TRT trail Tahoe CityFor a good portion of the hike there is a great view of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River.

trail viewAs we neared the end of our hike, a Rubber Boa was crossing our path. It may not look like it, but was about 2 feet long.

Rubber boaRubber Boa

If you have already taken this hike, please comment below.

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Flight from KTRK Truckee Tahoe to O22 Columbia Airport

Paul Smith said on July 27th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, FLYING, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, PLACES TO SEE

Flight from KTRK Truckee Tahoe to O22 Columbia Airport

Columbia Cal-FireLast Thursday we flew down to Columbia Airport O22 to photograph the Cal Fire Fleet.

On the way down we flew over Lake Tahoe along the west shore, what a view!  The water was crystal clear and we had a slight tail wind which made for a quick smooth ride. Shortly after our arrival at Columbia Airport, Cal Fire was returning from a call, so we watched the fleet as each plane made a flawless landing.  The airport also has a grass strip. We saw a tail dragger come in for a not so flawless landing.  A Cal Fire crew member greeted us as we approached their fleet and escorted us around as I took photos.  He also answered several of our questions and we talked about what their jobs entailed.

cal fire spotter

After our visit, we prepared for our departure in the run-up area at the same time as Cal Fire.  We waited and watched the whole fleet depart, first the spotter, then both tankers and a helicopter, quite impressive.  Once we were in the air we could see the fire that they were heading to.

On the flight home we flew over Echo Lakes, it was amazing to see the amount of snow that is still in that area.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport KTRK, is conveniently located near Lake Tahoe.  This is a great place for a pilot to own a vacation home.

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Shirley Canyon Hike, Squaw Valley, Ca

Paul Smith said on July 13th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, LOCAL NEWS, PLACES TO SEE

We have been hearing about all the water in Shirley Canyon, so yesterday we decided to see it for ourselves.

We couldn’t believe how much water there was, the sound of it rushing was almost deafening.

Shirley Caynon Hike, Squaw Valley, Ca

There were several people taking advantage of the awesome weather to hike in.

All the snow this past winter has sure paid off.  If you have an opportunity, I encourage you to come to Lake Tahoe and enjoy all the incredible outdoor activities there are to do.

Shirley Canyon Hike, Squaw Valley, Ca

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