Golfing the North Shore
While there are a few golf courses outside of Truckee, Kings Beach, Squaw Valley and Northstar (to name a few), the two courses in Incline Village are wonderful.
The views are spectacular, the greens are typically in good condition, and the air is invigorating.
Neither course is easy, and both are full of hills and dog-legs and bends. But the Championship course would be the longer and flatter of the two. The Mountain Course (used to be called the Executive Course) will test your abilities to hit from various elevations in relation to the greens.
A word of advise, the air is thin... so the ball will go a bit farther than you might be used to. Remember you are playing near to 7,000 ft above sea level (more than 2100m)!!
Equipment: Bring your own or rent...
I believe a cart is now mandatory due to too many flatlanders getting altitude related illnesses and over exertion.
Mountain course starts at ~$35 for twilight (after 3pm) in low season
Championship course starts at ~$99 for twilight (after 3pm) in low season
Ski Diamond Peak (used to be Ski Incline)
Nested in the hills above Incline Village is a great ski area. Its not as glamorized as Squaw, Northstar, Heavenly, etc. But it offers the same verticals, great conditions, great views, and a some of the best ski instruction & patrols in the Tahoe Basin.
Originally it was Ski Incline, a modest hill in a great location. Then the resort nearly doubled in size with the investment of a high-speed quad chair, then becoming Diamond Peak. This one chair services ~20 runs and countless sections of trees.
The longest line I ever remember was 10 minutes.
kids 5 & seniors >80 - free
kids 12 - $17
kids 13-16 & seniors 60-79 - $36
adults - $46
Equipment: Bring your own equipment or rent anything you need at the hill or in town.
- Skiing and Boarding
The Famous Flume Trail
While there are too many trails to name, one of the more famous ones is the Flume Trail. Long ago, when the area was logged, there was a series of flumes that transported the flumes to the lower Carson City valley. The path of the flume is now an excellent single track for riding or hiking. Excellent technical riding as well as mind blowing views. Simply ask any local with a mountain bike where to pick it up or stop in a bike/ski ship for a map.
By the mid 1870's Incline Village was the home of one of the steepest and longest "incline railroads" (the top of which is called the "Bull Wheel"), which pulled lumber directly up 1400 feet of mountain side. On its way to to be placed on the beds of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad cars, the lumber went through a series of V-flumes over the Carson Range.
For a little history lesson:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Hiking Mount Rose
Mt. Rose gives you one of the best views of both the Lake Basin and the Reno Valley. Mount Rose is on the north side of the Lake Tahoe Basin and is well above the tree line. It has a bouldery top, with lots of red colored granite. The red gives the name to the mountain of "Rose".
I do not recall the exact elevation, but the summit is above 10000 feet. It is a wonderful hike that us just under 6 miles.
Last time I did it, it took me just under 4 hours up and under 3 hours down.
Equipment: Bring good shoes, and plenty of water because the sun can be hot!
Suggest doing a Google Search for the trail, or stop at a bike/mtn store and see if they have a trial map. Almost all recreational outfitter stores in Incline will have maps.
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Tahoe Rim Trail
The entire Tahoe Basin is circumnavigated by the "Tahoe Rim Trail". Yes, all the Lake Basin, making a huge path of over 150 miles.
There are countless access points and ways to tackle the trail. You can do it on foot, as well as on mountain bike, and even horse back... but be warned, it is not for the weak!!
The trail can physically challenge you, and mountain nights can bring diverse weather.
Either stop by a local bike/ski shop for info or visit the web page below for details.
Equipment: Bring your own, or stop by an outfitter to buy/rent as you need.
- Horse Riding
Softball in Paradise
We make an annual trek to Lake Tahoe for the Softball in Paradise Tourney. This year, we ended up winning the entire thing (1st place out of 22 teams).
- Family Travel
- Mountain Climbing
- Adventure Travel
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