Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe: Full moon tours and races at Camp Richardson and Sugar Pine Point State Park
Enjoy snowshoeing South Lake Tahoe with two great events
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With clear skies in the forecast, Lake Tahoe’s shore will be the place to be for full-moon activities Saturday night, Feb. 20. If you’re interested in snowshoeing Lake Tahoe, check out these two winter activities in Lake Tahoe: Sugar Pine Point State Park will host their monthly Full Moon Snowshoe Tour at the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Camp Richardson will also host the second event in their annual Snowshoe Cocktail Race Series. Those who miss either event will have another opportunity for each on March 19.
“Being in the park after hours is a unique experience,” Sugar Pine park ranger Jennifer McCallan said of the full-moon snowshoe. “It’s a really magical and unique way to experience Lake Tahoe.”
If you’re interested in snowshoeing Tahoe after hours, know that the hour-and-a-half ranger-guided hike is open to all ability levels.
“Plenty of people show up who have never snowshoed before,” McCallan said. “People should be comfortable walking about a mile on gentle slopes.”
The tour takes hikers along the shore of Lake Tahoe and to the historic Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, built in 1903. Guides will present information on the history of the area, early settlers and the natural environment throughout the tour.
“The topic of the tour can vary,” McCallan said, depending on the expertise of the guide.
The tour costs $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Snowshoes will be provided by West Shore Sports. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation.
Organizers say space is limited and reservations should be made in advance. Visit http://www.sierrastateparks.org and click on the events tab for reservations. Inquiries to availability can be made the day of the event by calling West Shore Sports at 530-525-9920.
Organizers will host a beginner snowshoe clinic at 6:30 p.m.; the hike starts promptly at 7 p.m. on the day-use side of the park.
For something more competitive, check out Camp Richardson Resort’s popular winter Snowshoe Cocktail Race Series, also on Saturday.
The free all-ages event features snowshoe racing with a twist. Competitors must carry a tray full of beverages while competing.
“It’s definitely funny and challenging,” events manager Vanessa Santora said of the long-standing event. “It’s one of our locals’-favorite pastimes. People look forward to it every year.”
The snowshoeing Lake Tahoe event includes an obstacle course, relays and a sprint on the beach outside of Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar and Grill.
“The full moon definitely adds a layer of atmosphere,” Santora said. “We’re really happy Mother Nature graced us with some fresh powder. It makes it more challenging.”
Races start at 7 p.m. with signups beginning at 5 p.m. Camp Richardson will host additional races March 19 and April 16
Originally published in the February 20, 2016, issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and regularly vetted for accuracy.