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Dec 16, 2013
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I just moved to Sacramento and have a friend visiting next week who really wants to do a 3-4 day backcountry snowshoe trip while he is visiting. Being new to the area, I am not yet familiar with good places to go. Any suggestions?...preferably nothing technical and someplace where navigating the trails in winter isn't too difficult. csproul
From Davis, CA
Joined Dec 3, 2009
355 points
Dec 16, 2013
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Desolation Wilderness would be a nice area. Probably won't be that hard to navigate, but don't know what the "trails" will be like. Not sure anywhere in the Tahoe area will have trails for a 3-4 day trip though. climbing coastie
From Wasilla, AK
Joined Feb 2, 2011
67 points
Dec 16, 2013
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Welcome to the central valley! I guess you missed having me to climb with.

I'm only a little bit more established than you, but sounds like a fun trip.
Scott O
From California
Joined Mar 30, 2010
76 points
Dec 16, 2013
Andesite Ridge Loop:

Can be stretched to 2 days when snowshoeing. I would say this loop would be a good local first go.

Use the Peter Grubb Hut (If it is re-opened yet) to make it an overnighter:
Joined Oct 21, 2004
1,695 points
Dec 16, 2013
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Echo pass to carson pass via rim trail, echo lake to dicks peak to hwy 89 via Maggie's or eagle lake trailhead.. Both would be 2-3 days pace dependent I think but require car shuttle/hitching.
I doubt the trails are packed beyond a few miles, bring a map. Maybe hike a big loop off carson pass if you want something less committing... There are many options into desolation from echo lakes or pyramid peak trailheads up to aloha lake.. Tallac to dicks via the ridges and back out to fallen leaf lake would be a good circuit too but more challenging/technical...
Rohan de Launey
From South Lake Tahoe
Joined May 15, 2012
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Dec 18, 2013
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A friend and I did Carson Pass to some lake a while ago. If the snow is pretty dense, there won't even be a trail so just look at a topo and figure out where you want to go (check for avi conditions before heading to some place remote).

Also, you need a sno-park permit to park at the trailheads. Since you're going for a couple days, you should probably get a season pass (25 bones).
Eric Thomas
From Colorado
Joined Feb 24, 2013
77 points
Dec 25, 2013
Also Alpine Lake area near Bear Valley. During the winter, Highway 4 is closed shortly after Bear Valley. You'll need Sno-Park permits and you can park along the road near the gate. I've been on several winter trips up there and it's beautiful. drewts86
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