September 22-24, Lake Tahoe
We will start the ride with a delicious (none of us has ever been there) breakfast at Frank's Restaurant: 1207 Hwy. 50 (about 1/4 mile south of the "Y"), South Lake Tahoe. (530) 544-3434, See a menu and map at tahoemenus.com. We'll meet at 9am, eat, then drive a short distance to the bottom of the ride where we consolidate cars for the shuttle after the ride. The ride will last approximately from 11:30 to 5:30, so bring PLENTY of water, food & repair equipment. Make sure your unicycle is in TOP working order - this ride eats unicycles. Last but not least: helmet, arm/leg armor, gloves or wrist protectors, more than just a good idea for this ride.
Northstar's trails vary from wide, fairly smooth dirt roads to gnarly, rocky singletrack. You will receive a trail map that will be color coded with the different levels of trails. Groups will set out together to take various routes down the mountain.
The riding surface on much of the trail tends to be sandy, so you'll appreciate wider tires rather than narrow ones. As mentioned, there are only a few technical sections, but if you're afraid of heights you might also want to think twice about this ride...
We are working on alternate easier rides for people not up to the Flume Trail. One possibility will be walking up the trail from the end, to ride part or all of the Flume from the end, then reversing and riding back down. But this involves a more climbing than riding the trail from the beginning. We also have some leads on trails around Spooner Lake, Donner Lake, or the Emigrant Trail. We'll try to get more details on those rides. For those not wanting to ride, the trail ends very near to the Ponderosa Ranch. This was where the TV shows Bonanza and Ponderosa were filmed between 1959-1973, and is an interesting tourist place with lots of activities.
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