Hope Valley snowshoeing

Yesterday we drove a round-about way through Nevada to travel from Bishop to Lake Tahoe. I imagine there is much to explore off the beaten path, but there wasn’t much to see from the highway except at Walker Lake and the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot.

Early this morning the low temperature in South Shore was 14° F. Luckily, it didn’t stay that low after sunrise. Looking for an easy place to snowshoe on the way home, we headed up Luther Pass (highway 89) thinking we’d try hiking into Big Meadow, an easy summer hike we’ve done in the past. I missed the trailhead (no cars were parked there) and drove on a bit farther to where a bunch of cars were parked. Luckily, we were able to talk with a couple of cross-country skiers and determined that the trail heading out from there was not one we wanted to try as beginners.

Starting hike at Hope Valley

They suggested we continue on to Hope Valley at the junction of highway 89 with highway 88. This turned out to be an excellent suggestion.

We had beautiful weather and blue skies and wonderful views from the valley to the surrounding peaks. We hiked until we began to feel tired and then looped back to our car. We only did about 2.5 miles, but it was enjoyable. I’d like to go back and try some other trails in the immediate area.

Before heading for home, we stopped at Sorensen’s Resort for coffee and chocolate cake. I think this would be very nice lodging for an overnight trip to the area.

Hope Valley snowshoeing photo gallery
Everytrail GPS track for Hope Valley snowshoe hike

1 comment to Hope Valley snowshoeing

  • Looks like good fun! I’ve wanted to try snowshoeing for a few years now. It was nice that you got a good recommendation.

    Thanks for the tip on Sorensen’s, which looks wonderful. We always prefer to stay in rustic/interesting lodging and cabins when we can.

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