SLPOA Hiking Schedule for summer 2013

slpoahikecollageHikes will be led by George Lamson and Linda Cashion

This summer we would like to introduce everyone in Serene Lakes to some of the most beautiful spots right outside your door.  The following list is a schedule of what we have in mind.  Dates and places may be adjusted based on when and where wildflowers are blooming.  Most of the hikes will follow the Royal Gorge cross country ski trails with stops at the most scenic warming huts.  Hikes will generally be on Saturday or Sunday mornings starting at 9 AM.  For the three hikes that are co-sponsored by the TDLT, the hike are limited to 30 hikers so please email the land trust to sign up using the signup link for that hike.  For all other hikes just show up at the designated starting point and time for the hike you would like to join. Please check back from time to time to check on the start times and locations for the hikes and changes to the schedule as the season progresses. We will also post trail maps of the hiking routes with elevation profiles. Everyone, including kids, are welcome to join us, but take note that some of the hikes are pretty strenuous so make sure everyone in your party is up to the challenge. Well behaved dogs that are good hikers are welcome (our golden retrievers Calla & Maggie will be coming along). We recommend that you bring the following items along:

  • Insect repellent (especially for the early hikes)
  • Good comfortable hiking footware
  • A sun hat and sunscreen
  • A water bottle

Schedule

  • June 2 – Lewisia and Emigrant Trail – This mostly flat hike in the Palisade Creek area will get the season started.  The timing will depend on when the Lewisia are in bloom.  We will drive down Kidd Lake Rd. to the large erratic marking the location of the rare Kellogg’s Lewisia.  We will also walk along the Emigrant Trail and see the commemorative marker. (Distance: ~2 miles – Exertion level: Easy – Start location at parking area across from Royal Gorge Summit station at the end of Pahatsi road in Serene Lakes, Map link – See trail map below)
  • June 16 –  Rowton Peak – The hike up to Rowton Peak (view this link for map and elevation profile) is more ambitious starting at the parking area across from Ice Lakes Lodge.  Last year we saw a bloom of Camus lilies in the meadow next to the Tiny Tim trail.  We will climb up the hill to Rowton Peak to see a fabulous view down into the Royal Gorge and will observe some of the amazing geology of the summit area.  Coming down we will pass by the Bogus Basin warming hut. (Distance: ~ 4 miles – Exertion level: Strenuous – Start location at parking lot across from Ice Lakes Lodge, Map link – See trail map below)
  • June 30 –  Forest Service Ridge (co-sponsered with the Truckee Donner Land Trust) – This hike along Forest Service Ridge affords some of the best views of the east side of the open space including the Summit Valley, Sugar Bowl and Serene Lakes. The trail winds through shady forest up onto the rocky ridgeline that borders Van Norden Meadow. Coming back we should see a great display of bright yellow Mule’s Ear that carpet the meadows at the bottom of the ridge. (Distance: ~ 3 miles – Exertion level: moderate – Start location Beacon Meadow on Soda Springs Rd in Serene Lakes, Map link – See trail map below – Signup)
  • July 14 –  Lyle’s Lookout (co-sponsered with the Truckee Donner Land Trust) – This is another easy hike with little change in elevation.  On the way to Lyle’s lookout we should see a variety of wildflowers including columbine and tiger lilies.  The view from the lookout is beautiful.  At one point you can see Castle Peak in one direction and Devil’s Peak in the other. This hike is limited to 30 hikers. (Distance: 2.7 miles – Exertion level: Easy – Start location at parking area across from Royal Gorge Summit station, Map link – See trail map below – Signup)
  •  July 20 –  Palisades Peak – The hike up to the Palisades Peak warming hut is steep but the views are spectacular. There are groves of majestic old growth forest at the top. We will circumnavigate the top of the peak to get spectacular views of Devil’s Peak , Royal Gorge and Serene Lakes. There is a little bushwacking involved in the descent of the peak so be prepared. You need to be in pretty good shape for this one. This is a steep climb and we have to do some bushwacking through pretty rough terrain.  (Distance: 3.6 miles – Exertion level: Strenuous – Start location at parking area across from Royal Gorge Summit station, Map link – See trail map below)
  • Aug. 4 –  Mariah Point (co-sponsered with the Truckee Donner Land Trust) – This is a wonderful hike and Mariah Point is a great place to see the spectacular Royal Gorge. The trail affords great views of Serena Creek gorge and wild flowers abound. This hike is not too strenuous but it is almost 5 miles. This hike is limited to 30 hikers (Distance: 4.7 miles – Exertion level: moderate – Start location at parking area on Soda Springs road, Map link – See trail map below, Signup)
  • Aug 18 –  Devil’s Peak – This hike in the area near Devil’s Peak is a new one for us. It will be a hut to hut hike out to the west side of Devil’s Peak. This hike is a little over 4 miles and there is some moderate gain in altitude. The drive out on Kidd Lakes Rd is on dirt road but it should be in good shape this time of the year. (Exertion level: Moderate – Start location at Devil’s Overlook ski hut on Kidd Lakes Rd., Map link – See trail map below)

Trail Maps:

Lewisia-Emigrant Trail hike (click on map for full sized view)

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Rowton Peak hike (click on map for full sized view)

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Forest Service Ridge (click on map for full sized view)

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Lyle’s Lookout hike (click on map for full sized view)

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Palisade Peak hike trail map (click on map for full sized view)

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Point Mariah hike trail map (click on map for full sized view)

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Devil’s Peak hike trail map (click on map for full sized view)

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