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new to snoeshoeing

Postby mtn.horhe » Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:37 pm

Hi everyone,

I am trying to organize a small snowshoeing trip for the 20th of Dec and was hoping to get some advice on where we should go since we are snowshoeing rookies. I have considered doing something in Yosemite or Huntington lake area, but I am having trouble finding specific places to go. We all live in the Fresno area and all have hiking experience, but as stated earlier we are all new to snowshoeing. I hoping that someone knows of some fun/easy places to get our feet wet (No pun intended).

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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby gary c. » Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:05 pm

I have not done much snowshoeing but this might be a good place for rookies to start.
http://www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass_Snowshoeing.aspx
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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:37 pm

there should be enough snow to do Tokopah falls from Lodgepole in Sequoia NP. it is short and you have the river to guide you - just stay well away from the water edge. Big Baldy is also fun. Have hot cocoa at one of the lodges afterward.


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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby paul » Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:42 pm

In Yosemite, the place to start is Badger Pass. The Glacier point road is closed for the winter and snow-covered, so you can head out that way as far as you are comfortable.

In the Huntington/Shaver area, Sierra National Forest has a number of marked snowshoe/XC ski routes starting from several points along the road to Huntington Lake. Some info on their website here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sierra/ ... ntersports
But it's not very clear.
They have a map of the trails here:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/sierr ... width=full

I'd call the Prather ranger station (559) 855-5355 and talk to them about it.

All of these options will be well-marked routes on snow-covered roads, perfect for first-timers.

For the National Forest stuff you'll probably need a sno-park pass. Check with the rangers about that.
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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby limpingcrab » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:28 pm

Ya, Tokopah Falls out of Lodgepole up in Sequoia is a great one to start at. It's pretty, flat, and east to follow.

The cool thing about snowshoeing is you can go anywhere you want and as soon as you're a few yards from the car it all looks like wilderness.
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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby mtn.horhe » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:58 pm

Thanks for the responses guys! I think that Tokopah Falls out of Lodgepole sounds pretty cool, but I am having a difficult time finding out if they have snow right now. I am assuming that Tokopah falls is an actual hiking trail that just happens to have snow on it?
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Re: new to snoeshoeing

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:22 am

yes, it has snow. yes, there is a trail but typically you'll not find it in several feet of snow. does not matter where the trail is anyway.


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