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Long ago, in the late 1800's, the Tahoe Basin was completely void of ~90% of its trees. The pine trees were used to build most of Nevada and California's booming population, but mainly the Comstock Load mining operations of Virginia City.
Seen from a distance as a narrow vertical scar on the mountain side directly above the Ponderosa Ranch, the log lift and Bull Wheel are one of the few surviving reminders of the logging industry. At one time driven by 40Hp steam engines, rotated the large wheel and pulled an 8000ft loop of cables in order to bring chords of wood up to the flume. The Flume Trail is also partially intact, and shows where the logs where floated down to the mills of Carson City.
The hike will be half on steep, sandy fire access dirt roads, then on single track path. The sun can be strong and the air very dry. Bring appropriate clothing and water! Once arrived, the scenery is breathtaking. For die-hards, you can even snowshoe it in the winter!!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Approx 4000ft vertically above Ponderosa Ranch
Since the early 1980's, the communities along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe have come together to celebrate an annual winter festival.
The North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival happens annually for 10 days in the beginning of March. It is also a main source of fund raising for local organizations and community groups.
There are over 50 evens scheduled. The festival opens with the torchlight parade, laser show and fireworks. The following days have "parades, pancake breakfasts, concerts, bar parties, ski races, dog pulls, an ice-cream eating contest, a luau, Mardi Gras party, ice carving, a polar bear swim and more."
I've skied in the torchlight parade myself a few times, and participated in many events. Its just a lot of good fun.
Updated Oct 10, 2010
Phone: (530) 583-7167
I hate to say it, but Ponderosa Ranch was closed to the public in 2004 (open 1967 until 2004) ... Unless you know someone who knows someone, you'll have to settle for looking at it from the street or parking lot.
A private family bought the property. They are maintaining it, but are not interested in tourists walking the area.
Updated Nov 30, 2008
Address: Hw 28, leading east out of Incling Village
In the summer, a wonderful beach area (with boat launch facilities) is Sand Harbor. Located a few miles south of Incline Village on HW28, in the direction of South Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor has fine grain sand (opposed to the coarse grains everywhere else on the lake).
Entrance fees do apply per car.
Late in the summer, there is even a festival showing Shakespeare plays on the outdoor pavilion during the evenings.
Updated Feb 27, 2007
Address: HW28, south of Incline Village
Down at Sand Harbor, in the summer, there have been annual showings of Shakespeare plays with the wonderful backdrop of Tahoe.
Shows are typically end of July through middle of August. The website below gives box office information and show schedules.
I've watched several performances over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Bring a picnic lunch/dinner, a blanket for the chilly evening air and maybe a bottle of wine and enjoy. Fantastic!
Written Feb 27, 2007
Address: Sand Harbor Beach
Go visit the legend at the world-famous Ponderosa Ranch in Lake Tahoe where film crews captured the action for "Bonanza." Yes, the Ponderosa Ranch actually does exist!!! It's a sprawling, 600-acre ranch located in Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Discover an entire old-west town complete with working blacksmiths, a saloon, antiques, a shootin'gallery, even live gunfights. From petting farms and pony rides to the famous haywagon breakfast, there's a Bonanza of fun for the entire family at the Ponderosa Ranch.
Updated Jun 5, 2003
Address: 100 Ponderosa Ranch Road
Phone: (775) 831-0691
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