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Outdoor Activities When Winter Gets Warm…ish

The warm weather that we’ve been experiencing in Reno Tahoe has people taking advantage of our beautiful great outdoors! The active lifestyle of many locals and visitors this time of year proves that Reno Tahoe is an exciting place to be  regardless of the weather or season. If you’re looking to get moving outdoors and enjoy the warmth and sunshine, checkout our recommendations for what to do to make the most of this not-so-wintery weather.

Riverwalk Wine WalkDowntown Reno Wine walk happens year-round! Rain or shine, anyone can always wine. There will be plenty of sunshine during the January Wine Walk as temperatures are predicted to be in the 60s! The Wine Walk takes place on the third Saturday of every month, which means that it falls on the 17th of January.

Reno Beer Crawl is another great outdoor activity to take part in. January’s Beer Crawl will take place on the 24th from 2 pm-6 pm, so be sure to get your Beer Crawl glass and get out there!

Many near-by trails are clear of snow, which makes hiking a great option! Grab some friends or your canine buddy and head around the Lake Tahoe area on foot. Hiking up Mt. Rose is a local favorite, and the 10-mile trail leads to some gorgeous views. Another great option is to hike to Diamond Peak along the Northern Flume. This trail is fairly flat, making it an easier hike, and it also gives fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. For those who are looking for a short trip, head through the Tahoe Meadows on the Interpretive Loop that takes you on a nature-filled 1.3-mile hike that is accessible to anyone. Check out our hiking page for more information.

BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno is a great place to spend a couple hours outdoors. BaseCamp has the world’s tallest climbing wall that towers 164 feet high. The outdoor wall features routes for all levels of experience, so its a great place even for those who are just beginning to climb. BaseCamp also has a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park and a separate kids’ area.

Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water any time of the year. Winter is an especially good time to get your paddle on as the water is typically extra calm.

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Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley offers a variety of yoga classes year-round. Classes vary in style and difficulty, so all levels of experience are welcome. This yoga studio is set in a gorgeous location, tucked away in the mountains at Squaw Valley, and offers participants the chance to relax and practice yoga while taking in the stunning views. Or particularly warm days classes may be held outside, which creates a unique experience.

If you find yourself at Northstar California searching for something fun to do, head to the ice skating rink in the Village at Northstar. The 9,000 square-foot rink is a great place to head after a long day of skiing or if you’re looking for an alternative to hitting the slopes. The rink is free for all, and it is surrounded by fire pits that practically beg you to grab a cocktail and warm up next to them.

The Reno Aces is hosting an ice rink in downtown Reno, as well, that will be open through the month of February. For more information on the Reno ice rink, click here.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Happy 2015 Reno Tahoe! Every 365 days we take a few hours to celebrate the start of a new year, which brings promises of change and the chance to rebuild and reinvent ourselves. Many people embrace this opportunity by making New Year’s Resolutions, but the majority of resolutions are broken or forgotten soon after the celebration has died down. We searched for a few common resolutions and are here to help you stick to them!

  1. Exercise more. Fortunately, we are situated in the perfect area to keep up with this popular resolution. With such a beautiful environment right outside our homes, getting your heartrate up outdoors is easy! Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the wonderful Nevada scenery. The trek up Mt. Rose is a popular one, and the 6 mile trail is tough but the view from the peak is worth it. For an easier hike, the Glacier Meadow Loop is a .5 mile trail through the Tahoe National Forest dotted with informational signs that explain the role of glaciers in shaping the landscape. Opt to hit the slopes for an exercise that makes you forget that you’re actually exercising. Skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to get exercise in the colder months, and it’s so much fun that you won’t mind that its hard work. Head up with friends or family to make it even more enjoyable. Biking is another exercise option that allows you to take in the nature of our area. Cruise around the Riverwalk District and along the Truckee River for an easy and relaxing ride, or visit Northstar California for mountain biking trails, races, and clinics and camps for bikers of all levels.
  2. Eating healthy. With the recent shift in Reno’s focus from casino boom to small and local comes more healthy food options. In the past few years we’ve seen many local shops and restaurants that focus on locally sourced, organic, natural, and/or seasonal ingredients that make eating healthier deliciously simple. Great Full Gardens is an eatery that caters to those with specialized dietary needs (such as vegan or Paleo), and their menu features items from local vendors, farmers, and their own greenhouse. Their menus, which cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, are made up of fresh, healthy food options that everyone will enjoy. Laughing Planet Café is a quick-service restaurant that offers nutritious food to “heal your body, mind, and spirit.” Their core principles focus on being environmentally conscious, eco-friendly, and obtaining organic products whenever possible. At The Studio yoga, massage, and wellness center you will find The Seed, which is a raw café that serves a purely organic and gluten free menu. They use local ingredients whenever possible to provide customers with organic juices, smoothies, salads and more.
  3. Learn/ try something new. Every year Reno Tahoe has an incredible lineup of events that will educate participants and inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on a specific subject or just to attempt something you have always wanted to do, there is always a way to discover something new in our area. The Nevada Museum of Art has guided tours throughout the year for groups and individuals led by trained docents who will educate visitors on permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the museum. The NMA also offers a number of talks given by scholars, writers, and artists on a variety of subjects, as well as workshops for seniors, and hands-on activities to encourage visitors to make art themselves. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is not just for kids! They have seminars on various grown-up topics throughout the year like the science and technology that goes into creating our favorite movies (January 31, 2015). For those who are interested in something a little more out of this world, visit the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center for exhibits on various topics such as meteorites and NASA projects. They also show educational films such as Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Seasons of Light and Seasonal Stargazing, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall music and lights show.

For any ambitious resolution go-getters who are looking to make your resolution solution work double-duty (like getting more exercise AND learning something new at the same time), many of our local ski resorts are recognizing January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard month! To celebrate this movement resorts are offering great deals on first-timer ski and snowboard lessons all throughout the month of January, so its the perfect excuse to get out there and meet with an experienced trainer. With many different learning environments such as one-on-one or group lessons at a number of our unique resorts, Learn to Ski & Snowboard month will have something for everybody! For more information on resort offerings and what you can do to boost your snow skills, please head to our Ski & Board blog post!

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FREE Guided Hikes around Lake Tahoe

Hiking season has arrived and Reno Tahoe is home to one of the most pristine trails in the world – the Tahoe Rim Trail. And there’s no better way to explore the wonders of the 165-mile route than to join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association on a FREE guided tour. With hikes ranging from 2 miles to 16-mile overnight excursions, there’s something for everybody, no matter your experience. Discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe.

runnerThursday, June 28 & Saturday, July 21 – Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports Pack Testing Trek (6.5 miles) – Are you in the market for a new pack? Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports are sponsoring this fun gear-testing trek. Demo packs of all shapes and sizes; from small, light hydration haulers to daypacks and expedition size packs. Travel from the Mt. Rose trailhead to Galena Falls where the wildflowers are in full bloom and enjoy a sponsored snack, pack fitting discussion and photo opportunities before returning to the trailhead. All participants will receive a cool piece of gear from Deuter and Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Friday, July 6 – Van Sickle Family Friday Hike (2.2 miles) – The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are sponsoring this fun, family friendly interpretive hike each Friday in July. Participants will enjoy interesting facts about the history, flora and fauna of Van Sickle State Park and Tahoe. This is the perfect hike for families.

Additional hikes are scheduled for:

  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27

Friday, July 6 – Tahoe Mountain Sports Leave No Trace Sunset Family Hike (3 miles) – Tahoe Mountain Sports, the Leave No Trace Center for Ethics and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are teaming up for a fun and educational hike that will include interactive Leave No Trace activities, night hike games and prizes for the entire family. Tahoe Mountain Sports will also provide a variety of headlamps to demo. Bring your dinner for a sunset picnic on a ridge overlooking lovely Lake Tahoe!

Tuesday, July 17 – Hawley Grade History Hike (6 miles) – Journey into the past and explore a portion of the original trans-Sierra emigrant route and Pony Express trail through the Sierra.  Learn a little of the history of the early settlers as you hike from the Tahoe Valley floor near Meyers and climb to the junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail just past Echo Pass.

Saturday, July 21 – Big Meadow to Echo Summit Backpack (about 8 miles/day) – Complete a beautiful segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail on this overnight backpack trip led by experienced guides. Beginning at Big Meadow trailhead, this hike will follow a scenic journey through wildflower covered meadows and past the shady shores of Round Lake. Participants will enjoy an overnight camp at picture perfect Showers Lake. Hikers must be in very good physical shape and able to carry a backpack weighing 25-35lbs plus some group supplies.

Monday, July 30 – PCT Travels the TRT (7 miles) – The Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail share more than 20 miles in Desolation Wilderness. Hike the rocky terrain of both trails to Lake Aloha from the Upper Echo Lake, where you will ride a water taxi. Lake Aloha has a unique landscape with windblown trees and small flat, rock islands. Enjoy snacks and lunch on the rocky shores of Lake Aloha before returning to the Echo Chalet. Fees: $20 cash for water taxi/person, as well as cash for ice cream and a cold drink at Echo Chalet after the hike.

Be sure to register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at www.tahoerimtrail.org. For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Jaime at jaimes@tahoerimtrail.org.

For more summer adventures on the endless trails in Reno Tahoe, check out our hiking page.

PREPARE FOR SUMMER ON THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL

Spring has arrived and summer is inching closer. REI-Reno is pleased to partner with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the return of the April Speakers Series. This year’s presentations will include information for everybody, but, in particular, we will give attention to hikers and mountain bikers.  Get expert information on where to go, what to bring with you and how to have fun while respecting others and the environment.

3177701313_0c5f322ce2_z All in all, this should be a spectacular not-to-be-missed series.  Here are details on each presentation:

1. “Trail Tactics for The TRT,” Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8pm

We kickoff this season’s Spring Speaker Series with tips and tricks for segment hiking or day hiking the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.  We will give detailed information on each trail segment.  Questions such as: What amenities are available?  Is there a better place to start/finish?  Do I need permits?  May I bring my dog?  Any special attractions?  Anything I should be aware of? . . .and much more.  This presentation by TRTA staff will be invaluable for planning a fun and safe hike around the Lake.

2. “Mountain Biking the TRT,” Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8pm

The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a multi-use trail open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.  This presentation will focus on the unmatched mountain biking opportunities for all levels of rider experience.  In this presentation we will discuss the various trail characteristics, including sights, skill levels, gear requirements, trail rules, regulations, etiquette, time and safety considerations.  The TRT mountain bike trails are only a part of the mountain bike terrain offered in the Tahoe Basin. We will include in our discussion other trail opportunities that you will not want to miss.

3.   “The Properly Equipped Hiker,” Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 8pm.

This presentation is essential for both segment and thru-hikers.  REI hiking experts will discuss gear, clothing and back country skills that will help you enjoy your time on the trail.  They will also help you to distinguish between essential gear versus what gear is nice to have.  Gear and clothing selections will also be reviewed for weight, cost, durability and ease of use considerations.  This session will also serve as an unveiling of the newest in 2012 gear.  Backcountry skills will focus on hydration techniques, navigational skills and Leave No Trace principles.  Combine this class with the first class and you will be ready to hit the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer, dressed and outfitted for success.

4.   “Trail Repairs and Mountain Bike Gear,” Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8pm.

Mountain bikers will be stoked about this session.  It will not only focus on the latest after-market gear, but will include typical trail repairs, as well as how to inspect your bike before your ride.  REI’s bike experts will go over the essentials of a pre-ride inspection, which will keep you safer on the seat this summer.  They will cover typical trail repairs including: flat tires, bent spokes, broken cables, suspension problems, chain issues, derailleur malfunctions, etc.  They will also cover your options if your bike cannot be repaired.  Gear will be discussed from a number of points of view so that you can decide what is best for your style of riding.  Combine this class with the second class and you will be ready for some Flume Trail fun in 2012.

FREE GUIDED HIKES THROUGH TAHOE’S BACKCOUNTRY

WildflowerMeadow (2)Mice_Meadows (2)Desolation 123 (2)Our late snow melt is providing impeccable hiking conditions all summer! Reno Tahoe has the perfect combo: spring’s rolling green hills with late blossoming flowers and summer’s warm weather.

This July, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for FREE guided hikes every week. There are hikes for all abilities so anyone can discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas during the summer months in the Tahoe Basin.

Saturday, July 9 – Grandma, Grandpa & Me Hikes

10am, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

10am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Happening at two locations due to popular demand, kids will learn about neighboring animals, their habitat and wilderness safety on this unforgettable adventure.

Saturday, July 9 – Castle Rock

8am, at the Kingsbury Grade North Trailhead

Hike the awe-inspiring Tahoe Rim Trail over rolling terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe along the way to Castle Rock.

Saturday, July 16 – Dardanelles Lake

8am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Passing through shallow creeks, strikingly beautiful cliffs and the Big Meadow, you’ll reach the Dardanelles Lakes.

Saturday, July 23 – Echo Lakes

8am, at Echo Summit North Trailhead

This 10.6 mile trek will pass spectacular granite formations, allowing you to enjoy the deep blue surface of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes.

Sunday, July 24 – Birds, Views and Falls

7am, at the Mount Rose Trailhead

Hike from the Mount Rose Trailhead to Galena Falls to enjoy the birds and soak in great views before arriving at Galena Falls and the surrounding alpine meadows. Possible avian participants are Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Saturday, July 30 – Barker Pass

8am, at the Barker Pass Trailhead

Not only will you enjoy some great vistas and wildflowers on this hike, but you will also learn how TRTA Trail Builders build and maintain this incredible trail. Don’t worry, this is a “hands-off” trail building lesson.

THREE PEAKS IN THREE WEEKS

Friday, July 15 – Mt. Rose

7am, at the Mt. Rose Parking Plaza and Trailhead

Friday, July 22 – Freel Peak

6:30am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Friday, July 29 – Mt. Tallac

7am, at the Glenn Alpine Trailhead.

FULL MOON HIKES – TRTA Members Only

Friday, July 15

7:30pm, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

Not a member of the TRTA? Join! Afterwards, enjoy a three mile moonlit tromp through the Tahoe Meadows up to the Tahoe Basin ridge. Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy the flora and fauna and to explore with your nighttime senses.

You must register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at www.tahoerimtrail.org. For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Tom at programs@tahoerimtrail.org.

For more Lake Tahoe hiking trails click here.

HAPPY HIKING!

National Geographic Names Reno One of America’s Best Adventure Towns

River Fest BlogNational Geographic released its ultimate, state-by-state guide to the top outdoor hubs in the U.S., selecting only 100 towns. The criteria – the town must offer something for everyone. It’s no surprise Reno, Nevada was selected to be on the list with year-round special events, hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, fine dining…the list could go on. (And it does!)

In the words of NatGeo, “Reno’s hospitality jobs, a refurbished downtown, and a new $1.5 million white water park—all reasons enough to stick around for awhile.” We know that’s why we’re here!

Check out the interactive map to see which other cities and towns made the list. While you’re there, be sure to share your favorite restaurants, hotels and Reno Tahoe adventures with National Geographic!