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    jishaq
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    Hey folks. I’m going to be staying in SLT for a wedding, and some friends of mine (who have never done any backcountry) expressed interested in earning some turns this Saturday. I’m always trying to get more people into the backcountry, so I jumped at the chance, but I’m afraid I don’t know SLT very well at all. I am looking for some trail recommendations.

    It will be short and sweet. We’ll have from 8 AM til about 12:30PM or so before we have to get to the wedding. So the ideal trail would be something we could drive to promptly from SLT, skin/hike up for maybe 2.5 hours max, and then ride down. Or, alternatively, maybe a 30-45 minute hike that we can loop a few times.

    Does anybody have any suggestions? I know of a few great places for this on the north shore (e.g., Mt. Rose meadow area), but I never spend any time in SLT so I’m clueless. Help?

    Thanks!
    -Jeff

    #586246
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    welcome jishaq. 8)

    Based on what you’ve said, these are a few SLT tours that should do the trick.
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/ has some great info.

    Waterhouse/Powderhouse
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/guidebook_detail.php?ID=69

    Echo
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/guidebook_detail.php?ID=51

    Ralston
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/guidebook_detail.php?ID=62
    I prefer a different starting point than the one listed (closer to the Sierra Tahoe turnoff).

    Powderhouse would probably give you the most bang for your buck if time is limited.

    Hope that helps. Have fun!

    #586247
    jishaq
    9 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    welcome jishaq. 8)

    Based on what you’ve said, these are a few SLT tours that should do the trick.
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/ has some great info.

    Thanks! That’s fantastic, exactly what I was hoping for. Waterhouse looks short & sweet, though some of the guys I’m going with aren’t used to trees. I’m sure we can spot a sparsely-spaced line for them, on the approach. I don’t want to scare anybody off from doing future trips with me!

    I never knew The Backcountry had such a nice website. I used to go in there all the time when I lived in TC, as it was on my route to Syd’s for my “just chocolate chip cookie” fix. Really cool people.

    Thanks again!
    -Jeff

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