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South Lake Tahoe and Forest Service to host Winter Trails Day

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoetribune.com
A U.S. Forest Service ranger guides snowshoers on a past National Winter Trails Day. The winter showshoe hike returns to the South Shore on Jan. 9.
Courtesy / City of South Lake Tahoe |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As part of National Winter Trails Day, the City of South Lake Tahoe will once again host its annual free winter snowshoe hike Saturday, Jan. 9. The event features a guided trail tour with a local U.S. Forest Service ranger.

“You’re sure to learn something new about the area,” city spokeswoman Tracy Franklin said of the hike.

The event will be capped at 20 people. Organizers are recommending registering in advance through the city recreation center. This year’s hike will take place on Van Sickle Trail near Stateline.

“It’s a great opportunity to embrace outdoor recreation in the winter time,” city recreation manager Lauren Thomaselli said. Speaking to this year’s route, she added, “You don’t have to go very far to rise above the lake and get a view.”

In years past the city has hosted similar hikes on other South Shore trails including around Camp Richardson and on portions of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Participants will meet at the Explore Tahoe an Urban Trailhead Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. The hike is open to youth and adults 12 and up. Hikers will need to bring their own snowshoes. Thomaselli suggested renting equipment from area retailers if needed.

National Winter Trails Day is an event sponsored by the American Hiking Society in an effort to promote trail usage and conservation.


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