dogs on leash
off road driving
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a small portion of eastern California, the Forest offers year-round recreation of all types.
We intended to do the 12 mile Burnside Lake rd but showed up late then got stuck in the snow for an hour. We decided to hike Hope Valley. Upon arrival I was disappointed that this was a groomed trail. Who wants to snowshoe on hard pack? Not me. Anyway, we headed up the road and split off to the Hope Valley trail. Lucky for us no one had cut the trail yet so we had fresh powder most of the way.
We hit our GPS destination and was a little confused about the why the trail ended where it did. No Valley to be seen from the end point.
Some stream crossings you need to watch out for. It was a good day with very few people. Low traffic all though they have shoe and ski available for rent at the parking area.
Going down the Tunnel Creek trail from the Flume Trail was quite an adventure. Views are awesome. At times you are going so fast just bordering on wiping out and then you slow down near the bottom going slower and hit deep sand and wipe out when you don't expect it. If you control your speed going down and recognize that when the trail levels out you will hit sand you should be fine. Highly recommend renting bikes and taking the Flume and Tunnel Creek trails in Tahoe. Great adventure!
Nice short track. We started up at the northern parking area where the hidden cave track begins and turned this into a 3mi scramble. Opting for summit crests to maximize elevation changes.
Our dogs were offleash like every other dog out there. My hiking partner's heavier dog did split a paw pad, it is certainly rocky and I would advise you take that into consideration before taking your fur-family members out there.
Most recent photos in the gallery (as of 20FEB) show views and conditions as of 18FEB.