Hoover Wilderness and Tahoe Rim - 2021 CANCELED

July 14-18, 2021

The Sierra Club Bus Trip Committee is optimistic that we will be able to offer backpack and car camp outings starting in July. Due to Covid health concerns and restrictions we will not be traveling by chartered bus for our July outings. 

Our July outings will take us to the Hoover Wilderness Area and the Tahoe Rim. Our transportation will be by individual vehicles, which allows us the flexibility for outings to be across a greater area. We have planned three backpack outings and one campground/tent-camping outing. All outings are limited to a maximum of ten people each and Covid safeguards will be in place. Participants must provide their own meals and camping equipment. 

Hoover Wilderness is in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains. Running along the eastern slopes of the Sawtooth Range, this wilderness encompasses some of the most spectacular high alpine landscapes in the Sierras. Between Yosemite National Park to the west and the Great Basin to the east, the Hoover Wilderness is home to soaring jagged Sierra peaks, glistening alpine lakes and lush meadows. We are planning two backpack outings and one campground outing in the Hoover Wilderness area.

Trip 1
Type of Trip: Car Camp with Day Hikes
Trip Name: Honeymoon Flats Campground/Dayhikes
Leader: Karen Nelson
Event capacity: 8

We will meet at our campsites at Honeymoon Flat campground on Wednesday night, just outside of Bridgeport, near Twin Lakes. The dayhike format will allow us to sample some of the most beautiful locations in the area. This trip is intended for hikers who are fit, have had recent experience at altitudes up to 10,000 ft, and want to explore the area by hiking each day. We will hike at a moderate pace on well-used trails, with ample stops for snacks, lunch, and enjoying our surroundings. Each day includes a hike to a lake that is perfect for the adventurous to jump in for a refreshing swim. Planned hikes include Twin Lakes to Barney Lake (M8C), Green Creek to Green Lake (M6C), Saddlebag Lake near Lee Vining (M4B), as well as side trips to Mono Lake, Panum Crater, and the Bodie Historical Site. It is our goal to finish our hikes in time to stop for a quick snack or supplies at the “resort” amenities near our trailheads before returning to our campground. Hot showers are a quick five minute drive from our campground for those who want to clean up before our evening activities. Evening activities include social time around a campfire and/or a quick trip to the nearby Travertine Hot Springs. Of course, all of our hikes may be modified due to weather and trail conditions, as well as the needs of the participants.

Trip 2
Type of Trip: Backpack

Trip Name: Green Creek to Virginia Lakes
Leader: Monica Elrod, Assistant Leader: Tanya Ingorvate
Trip Rating: M10C
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 3, Number of Backpack Miles: 16, Number of Day Hike Miles: up to 20

We will meet at Honeymoon Flat campground Wednesday night before shuttling our cars to the Green Creek (start) and Virginia Lakes (finish) trailheads early Thursday morning. We will hike 4.5 miles from the Green Creek Trailhead to East Lake where we will camp for two nights. On our layover day there are options for a 12 mile loop hike that will take us back to Green Creek, then up and over Virginia Pass. Once over the Pass we hike South through Virginia Canyon to the trail that heads East to Summit Lake, then back to East lake. Another option for the layover day is a shorter hike to Summit Lake and back. On the third day we hike approximately six miles from East Lake up and over Summit Pass to the Virginia Lakes area, and camp within two miles of the Virginia Lakes Resort. Day four offers an easy hike into the Resort where we can shower or eat at the restaurant before shuttling drivers to their cars and heading home. 

Trip 3
Type of Trip: Backpack 

Trip Name: Barney Lake, Peeler Lake, Crown Point Loop
Leader: Sonya Shaffer, Assistant Leader: Mike Shaffer
Trip Rating: M11C
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 4, Number of Backpack Miles: 11, Number of Day Hike Miles: 12

We will meet at the Honeymoon Flat Campground Wednesday night before heading to the Robinson Creek trailhead early Thursday morning. Our trip will take us through glaciated valleys, alongside alpine lakes, and under the watchful eye of towering, rugged peaks. Along the way, we will take time to swim, relax and enjoy the not-to-be-missed scenery. Hiking through fields of wildflowers and aspen groves, we will pass beautiful Barney Lake and climb up to our camp near Robinson Lake. Friday we will hike to Crown Lake, Snow Lake and possibly climb Mule Pass. Saturday we will pack up and hike back to the main trail; stashing our packs for a day hike over to Kerrick Meadow. Returning to our packs, we will pack down to camp past Barney Lake (about 4 miles) for an easy backpack out on Sunday morning. We can stop at the campground for showers and a snack before heading home. Much of our hiking will be at or near 10,000 feet. Participants should be comfortable hiking at elevation with a backpack.

Trip 4
Backpack Trip
Name of Trip: Tahoe Rim Trail
Leader: Kris Watkin, Assistant Leader: Margaret Elizondo
Trip Rating: 
Event capacity: 7
Number of Backpack Days: 4, Number of Backpack Miles: 39, Number of Day Hike Miles: 0

We will meet at the Mount Rose Campground overlooking Lake Tahoe on Wednesday night before heading to our trailhead Thursday morning on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail is a popular long-distance hiking trail that forms a loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges in California and Nevada. Fabulous scenery and breathtaking views will delight backpackers on this outing.

Trip 5
Hoover Wilderness Bus Trip - Staff and Leaders
This trip signup is for LEADERS ONLY.
Event capacity = 12

Cost: TBD
Registration for these outings is expected to open June 1, 2021
Pre-trip Meeting:

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