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Still Time to ‘Fall’ into Your 2015 Sierra Adventure Bucket List

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Autumn is making its presence felt over the Sierra, but Tahoe Mountain Sports ambassador Coral Rose Taylor says there still is time to do many of those summer-like adventures before the snow flies.

So with fall here, Coral is re-evaluating those activities and checking her gear bag to see what she can check off her 2015 Bucket List.

Hiking in Yosmite.

Hiking in Yosmite.

Hiking: Being lucky enough to live in the mountains, I sometimes take these geographic formations for granted. However, any time I’m lucky enough to get on the trail for a hike, I re-connect with myself, with nature, with a different perspective on time.

Here are some of the hikes I would love to do this autumn:

Tallac – An iconic Lake Tahoe hike, which I am embarrassed to admit I have not yet done, even though I’ve lived in Truckee/Tahoe for 13 years now. The challenge will be to do this before the snow flies.

Rose – Another local favorite that I haven’t yet put foot on. I’ve hiked parts of it, and around the Mt. Rose meadows, but haven’t made it to the summit proper yet.

Boundary Peak – As a native Nevadan, I feel like I owe it to myself to summit the Silver State’s highest peak. If the weather holds, I’m thinking it would be fitting to do this on Nevada Day, observed on October 30, aka Halloween Eve. This will require an extra day; with a timeline that will account for driving down 395, camping at the trailhead, hiking up, then camping another night.

Mountain biking on the Hole in the Ground Trail, with Castle Peak in the background.

Mountain biking on the Hole in the Ground Trail, with Castle Peak in the background.

Mountain Biking: Where do I start? There are so many trails in the Truckee/Tahoe area. If you add in the trails in Reno, Carson, Nevada City, Auburn, etc., you will have your work cut out for you trying to ride all of them. So, I’m putting some of my top hit-list trails on here and will see what happens. I love mountain biking in the cooler weather; the temperature is that much more conducive to longer days in the saddle without running out of water or overheating.

Flume Trail: Another Tahoe icon I have not yet been on. I’ve heard all the hype about the epic views and a few exposed sections; which I’m sure are true, I just need to get in the saddle for myself to check out.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: Living in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee over the years, I have not explored the trails of South Lake very much at all. In fact, I only rode Anderson, Anderson Connector and the Corral trails for the first time this July. This sounds like an all-day adventure, but the opportunity to check out some South Lake Tahoe restaurants after a day’s hard work will make me proud to earn my turns.

Ash Canyon: This new trail has been getting rave reviews by local mountain bike groups, but I was leery of riding in the high desert on an exposed trail during the heat of the summer. I think this autumn will be the perfect time to finally ride here.

Staying warm in the Sierra.

Staying warm in the Sierra.

Camping / Backpacking: Sleeping outside, even in a tent, is such a different experience than in the comfort of my own bed. During a recent camping trip to June Lake, I was woken throughout the night by a pack of coyotes; listening to their vocalizations was so interesting and entertaining – who needs Netflix? Although the cooler weather is a challenge for me, I hope to get another night or four in a tent.

Pyramid Lake: The terminus of the Truckee River, this desert lake’s austere beauty appeals to me; even more so without the brutal heat of the high summer. The lack of trees makes for great stargazing and the salinity of the lake improves my rudimentary swimming skills! This is an easy spot for car camping, so it makes for a quick overnight.

Lola: Practically in Truckee’s backyard, there is a year-round trail here, with ample backpack camping sites near White Rock Lake or along Cold Stream.

Lake Aloha: Yes, I know that the trail out here can be as busy as Disneyland, but there’s a reason Lake Aloha is so popular – it is gorgeous and accessible. I was able to meet my sister and her boyfriend while they were through-hiking the PCT earlier this summer, but I didn’t get to spend the night there, so it’s on my hit list.

Filtering water along the trail.

Filtering water along the trail.

Gear Needed: General gear for this time of year includes the following: map (or competent guide friend), compass, cell phone (in airplane mode to disconnect from modernity and connect to self and nature), headlamp (shorter days mean this is even more important), extra layers (light windbreaker, puffy coat, beanie, gloves, emergency rain poncho), sunscreen (the Joshua Tree sunscreen smells delicious, is made in the USA, and free of nasty chemicals), electrolytes, food and water are critical.

This past year, I have been making more of my own food to bring on the trail, in lieu of bars and gels, and am really fond of the baked rice balls in the Feed Zone Portables cookbook. The date/almond rice balls are super easy and the sweet potato/bacon are a delicious savory flavor.

I love that hiking is one of the least gear-heavy activities we can do around here, but a good pair of hiking shoes (I really like my Merrell Capras – the sticky soles offer great traction, and the wider toe box is really comfortable), and a daypack (I prefer a hydration pack so I can have my hands free) are necessary. Bonus items are trekking poles, a fancy watch, a Spot (just in case), and a GoPro to capture those epic summit pics.

Besides the obvious mountain bike, helmet and gloves, some bonus items to bring are a cyclometer (if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen), a camera, and a cold beer/cider waiting for you at the car. Depending on the temperature, I may also wear pants or knee/leg warmers.

Camping and backpacking require the typical tent, sleeping bag, and pad, as well as a backpacking pack. Depending where you go, a bear canister is necessary. Trekking poles help, especially on descents, and I really like the MPOWERD inflatable solar lanterns for lightweight disco-fun illumination. A water filter, spork, mess kit, Jetboil, AeroPress, coffee and cup are needed as well.

I love the change of seasons and the crispness in the air, but I plan to clutch onto the last vestiges of summer as long as possible by doing as many of these adventures as I can. If you want to join me, let me know!

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir

Namaste, Coral

Coral Taylor is an avid mountain biker, yogi, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast living in Truckee, CA. Follow @c_ros on Instagram for rad photos of her adventures around Lake Tahoe and beyond. In addition to getting after it on the snow, Coral is also a Team LUNAChix Tahoe Mountain Bike Team Ambassador!

TMS – Launches Customer Rewards Program

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Shop, Earn Credit and Save BIG at Tahoe Mountain Sports!

TMS offers the only customer loyalty rewards program in the Truckee-Tahoe area that makes it easier for you to save money on future purchases. Thank you for choosing TMS as your go-to specialty outdoor sports shop! Register for the TMS Rewards today in store (Truckee, CA) or online!


Amidst the entrance to the legendary Sierra Nevada, Tahoe Mountain Sports brings you the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands such as The North Face, Deuter, Salomon, Mountain Hardwear and Black Diamond. We know why you’re here-for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best. We love Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and believe strongly in supporting our local area and giving back. Tahoe Mountain Sports supports many local nonprofits and also leads the way in community oriented events.

Let us gear you up for your next adventure: Come visit us 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, at 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5. Truckee, CA 96161, or anytime at


Salomon Park Hydro Handset Review

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Formerly a collegiate miler and cross-country runner, Danny Jenkins has lived in Truckee for the past seven years, racing distances from half-marathons to 100-mile ultras. He has been a fundraiser for youth services, including Girls on the Run-Sierras and is also a former community addictions counselor. His passion is simply running free in the Sierra every chance he gets. Danny can be found on Instagram at @midnightspirit10.


Ph: Danny Jenkins

Swag is good. Swag that works is better. My girlfriend walked away with a free Salomon Park Hydro Handset at the Truckee Running Festival in June. Catching some shade under the Salomon tent paid off. “The rep said you’d love it!” Her enthusiasm overrides mine by a clear mile every time, but she’s usually right.

I stashed it on the shelf next to my front door, along with handhelds I’ve collected and used from half a dozen other manufacturers. A week later I grabbed it for a test spin and a week after that, I grabbed a second Park Hydro from Adam at TMS. One black, one red – toe nail colors for runners. I tested both over a six week period on runs ranging from 6 to 15 miles, with workouts at my usual haunts like the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), Donner Rim Trail, Sawtooth Trail Loop, Squaw Valley & other local “backyard” trails in Truckee and Tahoe Donner.


Ph: Danny Jenkins

It’s difficult to find something “new” in the world of nomadic hydration. Handhelds are pretty basic; slip your hand in, pull the tension and go. But, the Park Hydro is a little different and shows some unique thought and results from Salomon. First, the Park Hydro is designed to be bottom mounted, and sitting in-line with the under-side of your forearm. Two finger holes near the top lead the way. I wasn’t fully comfortable with this, so I just started playing with different angles and fits. The wrap-around velcro strap (that goes around your wrist and secures on the other side) allows for versatility and I found a better angle (around 130 degree set) without using the finger holes, with virtually no slippage and no need to actually grip the handset if I didn’t want to. It stayed put – no soreness, no fatigue. The ability to find your own “comfort zone” is a huge plus.


Ph: Danny Jenkins

The outer shell is made of 100% polyester; hassle free, comfortable and durable. They got wet. They got muddy. They got hail. I threw them on rocks, in the dirt, sat on ’em & kicked ’em, and yes….wiped my nose with them (an often overlooked quality in handhelds). They never tore and always retained their shape. Good stuff. The Hydrapak softflask (reservoir) holds 17oz and comes with a bite valve for controlled drinking. Sealed properly, it never leaked on me and was super easy to use in any situation, especially on the run and even on fast downhills. The side zipper pouch runs the length of the outer shell and inner softflask. At max capacity, it would hold my car keys, a couple of gels and a nutrition bar. If you really need to, an iPhone barely fits.

I didn’t find many negatives to this new and unique form of portable hydration from Salomon. The wrap around velcro strap, while adaptable to most any size arm, could use more velcro reaching the length of the top-side strap itself. I have thin wrists, so once secured, there is some excess length; nothing that can’t be tucked in, but more velcro is a clear improvement Salomon could look at. The 17oz. softflask seems ideal but I would also like to see how a 20oz. version would handle.


Ph: Danny Jenkins

The Salomon Park Hydro Handset was perfect hydration for runs between 6-10 miles and I simply carried two if I was going up to 15 miles or had chances at re-fueling (maybe Heed in one, water in the other?). I try and prevent putting anything on my back if I can help it (I like to run light), so the Park Hydro fit into my summer hydration inventory nicely. It has a uniquely secure, comfortable fit and feel (think water-bed for your hand & fingers) and didn’t leak after several beatings and approximately 300 miles of trail & mountain running over six-weeks. Revolutionized handheld hydration – Salomon nailed it here.

Sierra Crest 30K/50K – Course Preview

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

This post comes from two Donner Party Mountain Runner members, Lorenzo Wimmer and Jon Murchinson. Both are avid runners and in preparation for the Aug. 8th Sierra Crest 30K/50K Ultra Run, they took to the trails to give us a course preview!

Register TODAY and enjoy these scenic views:

Donner Panorama-600

Donner Ridge (Ph: Lorenzo Wimmer)

Jon Murchinson’s Sierra Crest Preview:

Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2k+ feet


Ph: Jon Murchinson

The Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center is the starting point for the 30k. Runners pass through the corals and head west into the extensive Tahoe Donner trail system. This first section of the course is largely on horse trails (roots and manure are the obstacles to beware of) which winds through the trees. It is largely flat until the course turns up Boot Hill and starts a slight climb on a broad and exposed trail at Marker 37.


Ph: Jon Murchinson

Runners continue on Dogs in Space past Marker 38 and onto Marker 38a. At this point the course turns right and starts up a series of switchbacks. This is the first significant climb of this section of the course. It is exposed so runners will benefit from having a visor, hat or bandana and sunglasses. As the course climbs it provides views of the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Prosser Creek Reservoir, Martis Valley and Northstar. The climb ends at Marker 17b,and runners turn right onto Crazy Horse. This section is rather flat although it is somewhat rocky.


Ph: Jon Murchinson

Crazy Horse leads down to Marker 17 at which point the course turns left and starts a long climb up Andromeda towards Hawk’s Peak. This is the longest climb in this part of the course although runners will enjoy additional views of Martis Valley and Northstar. Runners will pass the Hawk’s Peak Loop Trail, at approximately 7,600’ the high point of this section, and continue on towards the Drifter Hut and some of the most stunning vistas of this part of the course.


Ph: Jon Murchinson

At Marker 36 the Euer Valley is off to runners’ right and Castle Peak comes into view for the first time. After a brief singletrack uphill, the course continues on towards the Drifter Hut, turns left and starts a welcome downhill towards Marker 18a.


Ph: Jon Murchinson

Runners start the final uphill of this section at Marker 19, which is the bottom of Sunrise Bowl. The climb is undulating and steep in sections, although not as long or taxing as the Andromeda Hill, it could present challenges due to some loose and rocky terrain. Once again views of the Tahoe Donner Ski Area are abundant. At the crest of the hill there is a stand of trees that provides welcome shade. Runners will enjoy a mild downhill that starts at Marker 19.


Ph: Jon Murchinson

The ridge behind Donner Lake is directly ahead and Tinker’s Knob and Mount Judah can be seen off to the right. At Marker 20, the course turns left and runners do an out-and-back section to the Glacier Way Aid Station.

Lorenzo Wimmer’s Sierra Crest Preview:

I began the run from the Glacier Way aid station number two. I bypassed the starting line to Aid Station #1. The Glacier Way Picnic area was quite a beautiful setting!

The course starts off flat, with a series of gentle rollers following the winter cross country ski trails. (It probably would have been more understandable if I had skied or gone out on snowshoes these runs in the wintertime) I didn’t know any of the names or side trails, therefore I was a little uncertain at some trail junctions. I’m confident with trail markers the ambiguity will disappear.


Ph: Lorenzo Wimmer

The trail is in pristine condition, especially from Glacier Way to just below the Donner Ridge, dropping down into Negro Canyon. No obstacles that I could recall, very few tree roots or loose footing to worry about. Only a few areas of vegetation growing over the trail but not enough to make a difference.

One confusing sign was that of the Negro Canyon Overlook near the picnic table, that said the trail was a dead-end, when in fact it was not. Fortunately for me a mountain biker came by and I watched him fade into the distance, asserting that it was not a dead-end. With the mountain bike traffic, one would think that trail may have been torn up a little, but it was fine.


Ph: Lorenzo Wimmer

The switchbacks started down the hill, all footing in good shape. Only slippery areas were under the pine trees that had lost a considerable amount of needles from the recent strong winds, and the green needles over the dry, made for a couple of loose steps. It was a warm day in spite of the wind, and the shade now and then under the pine trees was quite welcome. I was the only runner on the trail, so it felt like Disneyland, and I had it all to myself. Only four mountain bikers total that day, two going up and two going down.

The trail junction for Wendin Way Access Trail splits off to the northeast (left) at the creek with decent flow enough to refill water bottles (with a filter) This was the only water source along the route. (No problem as the Aid Station was close by) There is the possibility of someone turning to the right, but I’m sure with trail markers, everyone will be fine.

Not far after that split, a large sign indicating the new Wendin Way Access Trail goes to the left. It is well marked and in good shape, however more stones to navigate around than the earlier part of the trail. This rerouted trail does have a more convoluted route than the trail indicated on trail maps on iPhone applications.

One different turn I took it would seem, was about 100 meters from the Second waypoint. The route on the website indicates that that the trail turns southeast to join the service road… but I didn’t see any obvious trail showing that direction. As you can see from my tracks, my route was a bit more direct to the open area near the Aid Station.


Ph: Lorenzo Wimmer

That’s about it, it was over too soon for me, I wanted to keep going as I had just finally warmed up enough to run. I was waiting for a girlfriend to come pick me up, so unfortunately that was the end of the line for me today. My friend wants to do this segment with me again sometime, as it is quite easy and with such beautiful views, you can’t pass up an opportunity to see it all again! (Follow Lorenzo at

On Aug. 8, the Auburn Ski Club will host the Inaugural Sierra Crest 30K / 50K which is an exciting point-to-point trail run that takes advantage of some of the Truckee/Donner Summit region’s best single track. The Sierra Crest begins at 6650ft, on trails heading out from Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center, joining up with the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally ending on the trails at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center at 7200ft. For those new to trail running, the 30K (just 18 miles), is an excellent opportunity to join the sport and push themselves in a beautiful environment!

This unique race offers spectacular views of the Sierra Crest and some of the Northern Sierras most spectacular mountain peaks (including, Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Donner Lake, Summit Lake, Castle Peak and the many other mountain peaks along the Sierra Crest). Fully stocked aid stations along both courses will be in place to keep runners well fueled, 5 stations for the 50k, and 3 stations for the 30K.

The Sierra Crest Trail Run is organized by the Auburn Ski Club as fundraisers to help support the work the Club does in the Truckee, Tahoe & Foothill regions. Hundreds of local children and teens benefit from the Club’s low cost cross country ski trails, their support of High school skiing and its own quality Nordic, Alpine & Snowboard Teams.

Project Aloha – Adventure Dining Guide

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Mike, Michelle, and Laura enjoying “Aloha Life” with some Surf N Turf

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives in Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and its about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn more at

Who: Laura Shea, Mike Stohlgren, Michelle Shea, and Shogun the dog.
What: Backpack to Lake Aloha and film an episode of Adventure Dining Guide
Where: Echo Lake to Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness
When: June 28-29 2015

My sister, Laura, is a college athlete with a busy schedule, which means she rarely gets the chance to spend time in the wilderness. When she came up to Tahoe to spend a few weeks with me this summer, I was very excited to strap a pack on her and lead her into Desolation Wilderness.

We got the permits, recruited Michael, and packed our bags for an overnight excursion to Lake Aloha via Echo Lake. The hike out was beautiful, and filled with picturesque views from every angle. We trekked through 90 degree heat, and enjoyed every spot of shade we passed on the trail. The dog was especially happy to find shade and demanded an abundant amount of water breaks.

At the top of the pass we opted for the extended route to Lake Of The Woods, which to our delight, was a pristine lake surrounded by a lush flower-filled forest. We stopped for a snack, enjoyed the views then continued trough Mosquito Pass to Lake Aloha. Upon reaching the lake we saw an array of people taking advantage of cliff jumping, bouldering, thru hiking, swimming, sun bathing, and camping. Michael packed in his skateboard, with hopes of finding a smooth granite rock, and when he saw the abundance of activity around the lake, he was inspired to begin his search for his backcountry skate spot.

Half way around Lake Aloha we found an ideal campsite, complete with an adjacent granite kitchen. Someone had spent a great deal of time arranging rocks to create tables and benches, which was the perfect set-up to film an episode of Adventure Dining Guide. After we set up camp we got out the GoPro, prepped the food, and Laura the Camerawoman filmed me making “Surf and Turf Sandwiches”. This tasty lunch consisted of pita bread, Romano cheese, bell pepper, tuna, and Tahoe Truckee Beef Jerky. After wrapping up filming we sat in our granite dining room and devoured our “Surf and Turf” lunch.

The rest of the day was spent exploring. Michael found a few rocks that were skate friendly, and Laura and I walked along the edge of the lake to enjoy the views. At the end of the day we watched the sun slip behind the mountains, and then quickly retreated to the tent to hide from the mosquitos. We ate dinner in the tent, and then fell fast asleep.
Laura had the perfect introduction to Tahoe’s backcountry, and she’s very excited to come back next summer and see what lies beyond Lake Aloha!

Watch the video below for the full adventure with Aloha Surf N Turf Sandwiches:

King of the Lake 2015 – A Player’s Retrospective

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This post comes from Amanda Zaccone, a friend of TMS and avid disc golfer (PDGA #59547) residing in Sacramento, CA.  Amanda was a top 10 finisher at the 2015 King of the Lake Tournament! 


Amanda teeing off with great form!

There are a select few disc golf tournaments which I consider to be a must attend every year. The first on this rather short list is the King of the Lake A-Tier event which takes place in Tahoe and Truckee. This tournament features 5 epic North Lake Tahoe courses over 3 days; Bijou Park & Zephyr Cove in South Lake, Sierra College & Truckee River Regional Park in Truckee, and Lake of the Sky in Tahoe Vista, which solidifies this event as the ultimate challenge and test of disc golf endurance I have ever had the privilege to experience.

This was my second year attending King of the Lake and it proved to be just as wonderful both years. Sponsored by several well established and young disc golf companies local businesses, including Tahoe Mountain Sports, competitors receive awesome player’s packs loaded with gear, attire, souvenirs, and snacks for the trail. This years pack had both a DGA disc, (I picked out the new Hellfire) and a dri-fit KOTL shirt which I was ecstatic about! Most tournaments I’ve played have one or the other, so this made it more memorable. I do love my swag. I take home with me these tokens of my experience and wear my shirt with pride. I’ve been asked about it several times and this gives me the opportunity to tell people all about the King of the Lake Tournament in Tahoe!

As for the disc golf portion of the event, King of the Lake really has everything a player could want in a tournament. In addition to the stacked players field, the courses each offered its own set of challenges and features to make this event truly memorable. We started our first day at Bijou Park for the first round and then headed over to Zephyr Cove for round 2. Bijou Park is one of my personal favorite courses to play. With 27 holes there are so many different kinds of shots to take and with it being relatively flat, you are not exhausted after a round there. Bijou has plenty of trees to navigate, and some nice hard ground for your skip game, but you better be careful of the stumps that might just stop you short. Bijou is perfect for your first round, because when you get to Zephyr Cove, you’re going to be hiking up some steep hills and you’ll want that energy to see you through. The challenges at Zephry Cove include more elevation changes than Bijou, which faces you with some strategic decision making when it comes to your game. A player will always feel accomplished after a round of 18 at Zephyr Cove, and those hikes are really worth the effort because when you get to Hole 9 up top, you are treated to one of the most breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove is truly a gem and not only a local favorite, but famous among disc golfers from all over the world.


Is it the socks? Amanda always is on target!

The second day this year and last year were held at the Truckee Courses; Sierra College and Truckee River Regional Park. This would be a day opposite from the first day where the more difficult and challenging course that is Sierra College comes first, and then we finish round two at Truckee Regional, AKA Truckee River, on account it runs right along the banks of the Truckee River. Sierra College offers those changes in elevation which requires some adjustment in a player’s game and also has plenty of trees to throw around. This course has a couple par 4 holes and some ups and downs. Sierra College is definitely a hike, but also has some incredible views of Truckee once you get to the top of Hole 5 and Hole 12. After a round at Sierra College, Truckee Regional feels like a nice walk along the river. Challenging and fun, this course has plenty of birdie opportunities and some really fun shots. Truckee tends to get a bit breezy, so players will now have to play their best wind game.

On the last day we finish up the tournament at another of my favorite Tahoe courses, Lake of the Sky (in Tahoe Vista, CA). This course has everything. Long holes, short, holes, wide open and tight, technical lines, elevation changes,a little hike here and there, and of course, a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe. I really have a lot of fun at this course.

The stellar design at all five King of the Lake courses along with the wonderful and dedicated disc golf community make King of the Lake a memorable and unrivaled tournament!

Free Hiking & Running Shoe Demo | Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


This is your chance to try out new hiking and running shoes before you buy them! On Saturday, August 1st, leading footwear brands Oboz, Topo, Merrell, La Sportiva, and Darn Tough Socks will be on the Mt. Rose trailhead (located on the East side of Mt. Rose Meadows) on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and you can demo as many pairs of this year’s best trail shoes as you’d like; it’s all free! In addition to trying some awesome new shoes, Suunto will be on-site with FREE demos of their incredible outdoor watches!

– What: Free Hiking and Running Footwear Demo – Open to the Public

– When: Saturday, August 1st from 8:30am-12:30pm

– Where: Mt. Rose / Tahoe Rim Trail Trailhead (East side of Mt. Rose Meadows)

– Cost: FREE – With Giveaways from Darn Tough and Tahoe Mountain Sports!


La Sportiva will once again be on site to help fit you with their best trail shoes!

This section of trail is one of the most beautiful and accessible around Lake Tahoe. It offers stunning views, wildflowers, wildlife and waterfalls, and is great for both novice and experienced hikers. The brands sponsoring this event produce the finest off-road shoes on the market, and it’s rare to have them all on-site simultaneously with demo shoes for everyone. All participants that try out a new pair of shoes will receive a free pair Darn Tough socks! 

This combination of free offerings is sure to please any hiker or runner who attends.

This TMS Footwear Demo is in conjunction with the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) mascot, McLeod the Marmot, as well as TRTA staff, will be greeting hikers and encouraging Challengers as they work toward their goals. Find McLeod and he’ll give you a prize!

“The 3rd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe based corporations engage their employees in the 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge,” says Shannon Skaritt of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “The program has inspired trail users from the Reno-Tahoe and Sacramento-Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail.”



2007TRTALogo-clearVisit for more information or to register for the Challenge. It is NOT necessary to register for this TMS Footwear Demo.

Ever hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail or trekked around the Mt. Rose area? Then you know how beautiful this trail is, and you’re probably looking for any excuse to get back on it. Well, this is your chance to try out new hiking and running shoes before you buy them! With the best off-road footwear on demo for everyone, spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks and valleys, and no charge whatsoever, you’re not going to want to miss this event.

Are you already participating in the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge? The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) mascot, McLeod the Marmot, as well as TRTA staff, will be greeting hikers on-trail and encouraging Challengers as they work toward their goals. Find McLeod and he’ll give you a prize!

– Register for the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge here:

– Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group:

– View the event on Facebook:

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s mission of maintaining and enhancing the 165-mile long trail system that stretches around the entirety of Lake Tahoe aligns with Tahoe Mountain Sports values in regards to stewardship, conservation and resource management in this beautiful region we call home.

Hikers of the Tahoe Rim Trail, can stock up for their trip at Tahoe Mountain Sports (in Truckee, CA at the Safeway Center) with the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands. We know why you’re here-for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best. Open daily 10am-6pm and 24/7 online at

TMS Summer Rental Gear

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


Tahoe Mountain Sports offers a great selection of summer demo equipment for rental in Truckee, CA to be used in the Lake Tahoe region or surrounding areas.

Get out and make the most out of a day on the lake or on the trails. Whether you forgot it at home or are looking to try-before-you-buy, our Summer Rental Gear will make your adventure complete.

Looking to stay warm in the water? Get in a 2XU wetsuit. Camping? Be sure to pack a bear canister, try out a 2 or 4 person tent, sleep soundly with a pad and filter your water for a worry-free experience. Set out on the trails with your infant, demo a Deuter Kid Comfort II Child Carrier. Been eyeballing a serene, mountain lake? Try one of our Boardworks SUP Inflatable Paddle Boards! Need a backpack? Check out the Deuter ACT Lite for both men and women.

Click here for the Tahoe Mountain Sports Outdoor Gear Rental rates.

*For 2015 we’re excited to offer the new Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Hiking Boots for demo.
Come on in and try-before-you-buy! 

Bridger Mid BDry_Sudan_Press

*Want to step to up your running game? Try a FREE Ultimate Direction Race Vest and Water Bottle Demo (While supplies last).

All rental rates are good for a 24-hour period (unless otherwise specified) and user of equipment must be present to rent backcountry gear. Rentals of 3 or more days qualify for a 10% discount on the entire duration of the rental

If you would like to demo or rent something not on the list, just call (530-536-5200) and we will be happy to coordinate your outdoor adventure. All rentals or demos can be put towards the purchase price if you decide to purchase the equipment up to $150.

Sierra Crest 30K / 50K Ultra Run – Sat. Aug. 8th

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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On Aug. 8, the Auburn Ski Club will host the Inaugural Sierra Crest 30K and 50K which is an exciting point-to-point trail run that takes advantage of some of the Truckee/Donner Summit region’s best single track. The Sierra Crest begins at 6650ft, on trails heading out from Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center, joining up with the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally ending on the trails at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center at 7200ft.

This unique race offers spectacular views of the Sierra Crest and some of the Northern Sierras most spectacular mountain peaks (including, Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Donner Lake, Summit Lake, Castle Peak and the many other mountain peaks along the Sierra Crest). Fully stocked aid stations along both courses will be in place to keep runners well fueled, 5 stations for the 50k, and 3 stations for the 30K. Register and learn more at

The Sierra Crest event is a fundraiser benefiting the year-round ASC Training Center Biathlon Program.  In just 3 years the ASCTC Biathlon Program has grown steadily, hosting the US Biathlon National Championships in 2015, and with local athletes enjoying success nationally and internationally. The program depends of volunteers and donations for its continued growth and sustainability.

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Meg Seifert of the Auburn Ski Club says, “We’re super stoked to have Zach Violett from Bend Oregon coming down to compete in our inaugural Sierra Crest 50K race! He grew up xc-skiing & racing at the Auburn Ski Club, so it’s awesome to have his support in this event that’s a benefit for the ASC Biathlon program. Thanks Zack for remembering your roots!” Zach Violett responds, “Since ski racing as a youth & junior at both Tahoe Donner and the Auburn Ski Club, I’ve wanted to come back to explore the great running trails in the area. This is will be a perfect opportunity to run in one of my favorite places in the world!”

Race bib packet pick-up for the Sierra Crest 50K at Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza) will be on Friday, August 7th from 10:00am-6:00pm with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 4:30pm.

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RACE DESCRIPTION:   Welcome to the inaugural running of the Sierra Crest 30k and 50k, point-to-point trail runs taking advantage of the best single track dirt trails between Truckee & Donner Summit! The courses offer scenic views of some of the Northern Sierra’s most stunning terrain, including Euer Valley, Frog Lake Cliffs, Summit Lake, Castle Peak, and other incredible peaks of the Sierra Crest. The 30k and 50k courses start off on Tahoe Donner’s extensive trail system, head up and over to the Donner Lake Rim Trail, and finally end on the Auburn Ski Club trails, literally crossing over the crest of the Sierra Nevada. These point-to-point trails offer runners a brand new, fun, and challenging but manageable route, with plenty of dirt, rock, forest and elevation change; 4,660 ft gain, 4,125 ft loss for the 50k; and 3493 ft gain and 2,948 ft loss for the 30k.  The runs start at Tahoe Donner’s new Adventure Center/Cross Country Ski Area (TDAC/XC), and finishes at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center (ASCTC), at the far western end of the Boreal Mountain Resort parking lot. An early morning shuttle ride ($15 per person) from ASCTC to TDAC/XC can help runners keep the logistics easy. Be prepared for any weather condition, because at this high elevation in August it may be hot, or perfect, or cool, or rainy.

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PRE RACE CHECK-IN:   There will be an opportunity to preview the Tahoe Donner section of the course and pick up bib packets on Thursday, Aug.6th, from 4-6pm, at the TDAC/XC. This brand new building is located at the same ‘old’ cross country center location, 15275 Alder Creek Road. If space is available we will do onsite registration at this place/time for an additional $20. late registration fee. Runners are encouraged to attend the Friday, August 7th, 10am-6pm bib packet pick-up, with pre-race trail briefing, Q&A happening at 4:30pm, at Tahoe Mountain Sports, located at the east end of the Truckee Safeway shopping center, across from Bank of the West. All runners receive 10% off coupon in their packets from Tahoe Mountain Sports, for either in-store or online purchases. Race morning bib packet pick-up will be available at TDAC/XC starting at 6:00am. Drop bags can be left at the start by 6:30am, for both the 30k and 50k runners. Drop bags will be delivered to the Glacier Way Aid Station, the Donner Lake Aid Station and the finish line at the ASCTC. Drop bags must be clearly marked with the desired Aid Station or Finish Line, and with the runner’s name and bib number. Please do not leave any valuables including keys, iPods, cellphones, etc in your drop bag. We cannot guarantee that drop bags can be delivered to the finish line any earlier than 4pm, as drop bags cannot be returned until the Donner Lake Aid Station closes. It is the runner’s responsibility to collect their drop bag at the end of the race. The Race Director is not responsible for any lost items.

RACE DAY INFORMATION:   50k starts at 7:00am. 30k starts at 8:00am.
All 50k and 30k runners MUST check in at TDAC/XC Saturday morning prior to the start of their race, even if you have previously picked up your bib packet, as we need to know who actually starts the race. Check-in begins one hour before the start of each race and is completed 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. There is plenty of parking at the start and finish areas. The shuttle transport, $15 per person, will leave the ASCTC parking lot at 5:30am, to arrive at TDAC/XC by 6:00am.



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35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run – Sat. Aug. 1st, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015


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The 35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run / Hike (Saturday, August 1st, 2015) 

For the past 34 years, on the first Saturday of August, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort (6200’) the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer are provided.

Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic Walk (hike with poles). For the less energetic – let the cable car do the 2000 foot elevation gain & join their knowledgeable guides for the beautiful Flower Walk on easy rolling terrain. The 35th Annual Squaw Mountain Run benefits ASC Junior Programs and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (with over $20,000.00 raised to date).

Race Includes
– Transport of your spare clothes up to High Camp (bring a compact bag – labeled with your name) for your gear
– Two aid stations on the course (first one with just water, second with water, energy drink & mini clif bars to fuel you for the last push to the finish)
– Brad Henry mugs for the top 3 men and top three women overall
– Awards for the uphill competitors – top 3 places in 10 year age categories
– All participants entered in the raffle for some great prizes from Salomon and our other supporters
– All participants receive a souvenir beer glass at the finish line
– Live music & light refreshments & beer at High Camp
– Discounted tram ride to High Camp for spectators
– Prayer flag at the awards to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer
– Free cable car ride back down
– Souvenir Salomon tech shirts available on a first come basis beginning at registration


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– Online:
– In-Person: Tahoe Mountain Sports (11200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA – Safeway Plaza)
Daily from July 27th-July 31st 10:00am-6:00pm (cash and check only)
– Day Before the Race: (Friday, July 31st) in the Village at Squaw Valley Village from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Bib Pick-Up:

– Race Day: (Saturday, Aug. 1st) from 7:00am-8:00am.

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2014 Squaw Mountain Run Winner – Anja Gruber says, “I have done the Squaw uphill run three times now – the first time was brutal and I thought I was barely going to make it, the second time I was so happy to be in less pain, and last year it was really exciting for me to be a lot faster and feel a lot better! Regardless of the result, it feels so good to tackle this mountain and finish the race and the view from the top and the scene in the finish with everyone having fun and enjoying great company is super rewarding. I’m always a little nervous about pacing this race, its tough from the beginning to the end without really any recovery, and with everyone starting at the same time it’s tempting to go out a little too hard. I try to just get into a good rhythm, put one foot in front of the other and tell myself that the pain really isn’t all that bad.. knowing that once I see the people in the finish, I’ll likely forget how much it hurt to get up there anyways. Winning the race is fun for sure, but for me it’s more interesting to compare my time to my results in the past. Beating yourself is the best motivation to keep pushing when it gets hard!”


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Meg Seifert of the Auburn Ski Club says, “Squaw Mt Run is a truly amazing event, we get people of all abilities out there challenging themselves on a tough climb. There are so many wonderful people that do this event annually. It is a great way to spend a day in Tahoe, exercise, music, food and beer. From an organizer’s perspective, there are a lot of logistics to put on a point to point race, but it is a great challenge. All the work seems so worth it as I watch hundreds of people enjoying their day at High Camp.”

Flower Walk:
– For the less energetic! Signing up for the Flower Walk gets you the 9am tram ride up to High Camp (tram ticket included in your entry) & knowledgeable guides to show you what and where the best flowers are. The blooms are usually spectacular this time of year. As a participant you are also entered into the raffle and get a souvenir beer mug. Registration is the same as the race – just check the flower walk option on the reg form & check in at the flower walk/spectator tickets table to get your free cable car ticket

Help Fight Cancer:
– For many the event has become a way to celebrate life following personal struggles with cancer or in memory of a loved one who may have been less fortunate. There will be a flag at registration for those who wish to sign, and write names of loved ones. The flag will be carried up by a volunteer participant and we will hold a short prayer ceremony at the Awards ceremony. 20% of funds raised from The Squaw Mountain Run are donated to The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation to help local cancer patients afford the care they need. In the last six years since Auburn Ski Club took over the event – ASC has raised over $15,000 for the Foundation.

Volunteer & Get a Free Tram Ride
– ASC needs help at registration, at feed stations and at High Camp. Please email if you can help.


If you have any questions about this year’s race please email Squaw Mountain Run – Race Director Meg Seifert:


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