Tahoe National Forest, CA


Tahoe National Forest



We traveled from Seattle to Emigrant Gap, through the heart of the largest CA wildfire in history. On our way we stopped in Redding, CA to pick up groceries. We passed some firefighting crews and the locals were wearing surgical face masks. We didn't see any actual fires but it was a bit surreal. We're now a safe distance from the fires but there's still a constant haze from all the smoke. Neither of us are certified smoke jumpers but hopefully there's a way we can help those that are affected by this tragic event.


Some Highlights

  1. Snowflower RV Resort Another pleasant stay at a Thousand Trails campground. It's a large campground with tons of trees and nicely spaced RV sites. Some of the roads are pretty tight so it can be hard to navigate some of loops but there's always "The Cliffs" area which can accommodate big rigs. There's electric and water but no sewer. They have a tank pump service that costs $25 (obviously subject to change). There's a nice pool and a small lake with boat rentals that is stocked with trout. Overall, it's a nice place to stay.

  2. Tahoe National Forest A beautiful forest with tons of accessible hiking. As always, we recommend using AllTrails to find a trail that matches what you're looking for. We did the Spaulding Lake Trail. It was a good hike for the end of the day at 4.7 miles and not too difficult. The lake is cool to checkout and to even swim in and PG&E releases water down the hillside during certain times which essentially creates a man made waterfall and river.

  3. Truckee Truckee is a great little town about a half hour from Snowflower. There are plenty of restaurants and shops and it's close to some great ski areas like Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl.

  4. Moody's Bistro We did a little date night at Moody's Bistro in Truckee. We sat outside on the patio with Ozzy. The food and service was great although a little pricey.