When: Wednesday September 19, 2007
Time: 12 noon to 5:30 pm including travel time
Starting Point: Mont Bleu Hotel
Travel: Vans will transport participants from Mont Bleu to the workshop location at Spooner Lake. The drive will take about 30 minutes each way. There will be hiking up to five miles. There is an elevation gain and loss of 1000 feet. Hiking will take place above 7000 feet.
Workshop Description: Join Jay Howard, Supervisor of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Cheryl Surface, State Trails Coordinator as they lead you on a hike on the newly constructed Marlette Lake Trail. Total mileage will be approximately 5 miles. This trail was completed in 2006 as an alternative to the North Canyon Road, providing a trail for hikers and equestrian users, while leaving the road to the mountain bikers. Learn how to choose control points, rock wall construction, climbing turns, bridge installation and interpretation of historical sites. This is a chance to get outside and do some hiking! Funding for construction provided by Nevada State Recreational Trails Program. The use of a ponjour rock drill will be demonstrated. The ponjour was used extensively in the construction of numerous rock walls along the Marlette Lake Trail.
Preparedness: September can bring a wide variety of weather so be prepared for any condition. Sun screen is a must at the higher elevations. You will need good hiking shoes and clothing for the weather. A small backpack to carry clothes, water and snacks is strongly recommended. Bring your camera. The views of Marlette Lake are outstanding. Perhaps you'll see a black bear, mule deer, mountain lion or bobcat.