Tour Dates: August 6-9, 2020
Let’s recreate responsibly on a small group trip. Lake Tahoe, the clear, cobalt blue lake tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain range, welcomes athletes, adventurers and casual travelers to its easygoing and pine-scented atmosphere. A long sought-after vacation destination, Lake Tahoe keeps everyone’s interests piqued and their vacations active throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is the nation’s second deepest lake, and the area previously served as a transcontinental route for first the railroad and later highways.
Exploring Lake Tahoe’s towns that surround the lake might make you feel like you’re swaggering through a modernized downtown from the Old West or freeing yourself of life’s unnecessary pressures by embracing the chill West Coast vibe that permeates the region.
Tahoe embodies the American Dream’s concept of “having it all” – it quite literally has it all. Hike mountain trails, bask on sunny beaches, explore the niche boutiques, sample gourmet cuisine as you watch the setting sun seemingly sink into the lake.
Hiking on some of Tahoe’s best trails such as The Rubicon Peak Trail, Emerald Bay Trail, Cascade Falls and small sections of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails.
Enjoy an activity on the lake with your choice of SUP boarding, or single person Kayaking, or 2-person Pedal Boats.
Staying at a full-service hotel with a pool in the heart of lively South Lake Tahoe
Exploring Vikingsholm Castle – a unique mansion on the shore of Emerald Bay
Visiting the gold rush town of Truckee and the Donner Memorial State Park (time permitting)
Our Daily Itinerary
August 6 – Day 1
Transfer from Sacramento International airport to Lake Tahoe
If you are flying in, plan to arrive Sacramento Airport by 12 Noon for group transfer via ground transportation, 90 min. drive to our accommodations in South Lake Tahoe. If you are driving in yourself, you can rendezvous with us at our lodging.
Today, we will get acclimated with an easy 3-mile hike near Zephyr Cove – the Castle Rock to the Tahoe Rim Trail. Afterwards, we’ll catch a lovely sunset over the lake at Logan Shoals Vista Point. After cleaning up back at our hotel, we’ll have our welcome dinner in town.
August 7 – Day 2
Hike the Rubicon Peak Trail / SUP – Kayak – Boat Pedal to end the day
After a nice breakfast we head for D.L Bliss State park to hike the Rubicon Peak Trail, a 10 mile out and back that makes its way to the iconic Emerald Bay and back. The trail hugs the vertical hills above the west side of Lake Tahoe, winding along the coastline and affording spectacular views. We’ll take time to visit the Vikingsholm Castle, a unique mansion built in 1929.
We’ll end our active day on the lake with your choice of SUP boarding, single Kayaking or 2-person pedal boats.
August 8 – Day 3
Mount Judah Loop near Donner Pass featuring some Pacific Crest Trail
Our hike today is near the famed Donner Pass, known as the most significant square mile in California and perhaps the entire Western United States. The first wagon trains to come to California came over Donner Summit as well as the first transcontinental railroad followed by the first transcontinental highway and telephone line. Charlie Chaplin’s “Gold Rush” silent film was filmed up here. And of course, the sobering story of the Donner family pioneers who got stuck in an early Sierra snowstorm while attempting an overland trip still captivates historians and travelers today to this area.
En route, we’ll get to hike a nice portion of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, which runs all the way from Mexico to Canada passing through the American states of California, Oregon and Washington on this 4.6 mile loop trail (1,110 ft. elevation gain) with awe-inspiring views from the summit of Mount Judah at 8,000 ft. Afterwards, we’ll either go explore the shops and vibe at Incline Village on the North Shore or if there’s ample time head up to the Gold Rush town of Truckee and also visit the nearby Donner Memorial Park before enjoying our farewell dinner back at Lake Tahoe
August 9 – Day 4
Hike Cascade Falls and transfer to Sacramento International Airport
We will get up a little extra early today to get one short and easy hike in before we depart for the airport for our flights back home. Cascade Falls is a 2 mile out and back hike that will treat us to panoramic views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe.
Cost: $1,000 per person double occupancy
$250 single supplement
Payment: Due July 23, 2020
Flexible Cancel Policy: 100% refund up until 1 week before day one of trip. 85% refund from 1 week out until day one of trip.
- three nights double occupancy accommodations (single supplement available)
- all transportation during the trip, starting and ending at Sacramento International Airport
- all breakfasts, welcome dinner, farewell dinner
- one-hour SUP boarding, single person Kayaking or 2-person Pedal Boat on the lake.
- All park entrance fees and castle tour (outside only as inside is closed due to pandemic)
- flights to and from Sacramento International Airport
- alcoholic beverages
- travel insurance
- itinerary / hikes subject to change
- please wear cloth face covering inside ground transportation vehicle
- packing list to follow
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