- Now that the run is over, can anyone report on the trail conditions
this year? Especially the high country? My horse and I are entered in
the ride, and just curious as to how "bad" the bogs etc. will be?
Thanks so much,
- Jonni, I know Tevis starts near Truckee but I don't know where
you enter our course- maybe near Lyon's Ridge??? Anyway, for
WS, once over the peak at Squaw, the area to Lyon's Ridge is
pretty spotty with snow. You can go a few hundred yards with
snow and then another few hundred yards with no snow- with the
snow being in the shadier areas. Where there is snow it is
quite thick but very icy due to the constant heating and
cooling. It's quite dangerous. Most of this should melt by
Tevis. There's also a lot of water from the snow melt. From
Lyon's to Red Star, the snow is very patchy. There is snow
along side of the trail by Elephant's trunk and Cougar Rock.
The brief patches are icy and are usually located where
there is not much sun (slope areas with tree that only get
partial sun). There are also several tree down blocking the
trail but one of our safety patrol volunteers gave this
information on the location to one of the Tevis people at the
race (Bill Johnson) and he is notifying the forest service.
The sectioin from Red Star to Robinson also has snow (and
trees). There is little snow in the first 3 miles to Robinson
but the snow get more pronounced and thicker the closer you
get to Robinson. Not real icy though. Being on Soda Spring
Rd, I think most of this will be gone by Tevis as well but if
not, horses should have no problem going through whatever
snow is remaining. Hope this helps.
I ran the race.
You should not have any problem. Most of the snow
should be gone by Tevis. It will be muddy though. Hope
your horse don't mind that...
--- mom_of_wesley <trigger@...> wrote:
> Now that the run is over, can anyone report on the____________________________________________________
> trail conditions
> this year? Especially the high country? My horse and
> I are entered in
> the ride, and just curious as to how "bad" the bogs
> etc. will be?
> Thanks so much,
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- Wow, thanks so much for the great details Glenn! The Tevis trail
crosses at 89 and the Truckee river, and then along a hiking trail
along the South slope of Squaw Valley. The trail re-connects with the
historic route about a mile short of Watson's Monument. We ride up
the service road under the ski lifts to the top. I thought that the
trail was pretty much the same for the run and ride, but somewhere
the runners do more miles between Squaw and Auburn, that the riders
don't, as we have about 8 miles of trail before we get to 89 and the
This has been such a weird weather year, and hopefully it will stay
warm enough to melt off most of the snow before the ride. But then we
will have the nasty bogs and mud through Granite Chief. This will be
my 3rd attempt, and hopefully it will be "3rd times the charm".
Getting a horse ready in the "flats" of Texas has been tough, so I
took the horse out to CA for his last conditioning. (and MY
Congrads to all those who did the run, and thanks to all volunteers
who go out and help at these events so WE can participate.
Jonni (near Dallas TX)
- Jonni, good luck to you. I was the sweeper for the run so I
had plenty of time to check out the conditions. Hopefully
most of the snow will be gone but there's going to be areas
where, because of the runoff, that it's going to be wet.