Before we landed in the Reno/Tahoe area, it had snowed over 4 feet and quite possibly more! All of this snow meant that we could enjoy all the winter activities that beautiful Nevada had to offer. What many people don’t know about Reno is that it is not in a desert. It is the closet town to the breathtaking Lake Tahoe. This quaint “biggest little city in the world” has 4 seasons and offers nature hikes and winter sports. Also, it is worthy to note that it is nothing like the hilarious Reno 911. However, it would have been the highlight of my trip if I saw cops in short shorts chasing bad guys though.
The only winter activity we were able to squeeze into our trip was snowshoeing in Tahoe area. The trail our friends took us was Chickadee Ridge (or Jessie’s Peak), which led you up a hill to get a magnificent view of Lake Tahoe. I was so excited. I have been in Reno before but never in the winter. Steven has told me many times that Reno truly shines in the winter, and he was right!
For this day, I wore a long sleeve shirt underneath my Patagonia fleece. Then, on top of that was my white vest. For my bottoms, I had on my Victoria’s Secret yoga leggings. Then I had to rent out snow pants, snow boots, and snowshoes at Galena Sports, which was on the way to the trail (and the people there are so nice!). I also had my North Face gloves and H&M beanie for good measure, just in case. This was more than sufficient. I actually started to get too hot at one point on the trail.
When we got to the trail, we strapped on our boots and followed our leader. Going uphill was pretty exhausting but worth it. This trail is called Chickadee Ridge for a reason. There were so many chickadees! I do suggest that you bring some bird seeds. All I had was white rice from spam musubis, which the birds didn’t really like to eat. However, it was enough to lure them in to eat out of my hand! I felt like a Disney princess for a second.
The hike is about 2 miles long, which can go by really fast if you don’t take as many breaks as we did. We probably fed the birds for about a solid 20 minutes, so that the whole team could catch their breaths from walking uphill. Also, we bumped into lots and lots of dogs on this trail!
The view at the top is absolutely breathtaking. No words can describe how beautiful the Tahoe area is. A visit to Reno/Tahoe should be on all your bucket lists!
Thanks for reading 🙂