Sierra State Parks Foundation Hosts Free Olympic Day on the Trails at Sugar Pine Point

RENO, Nevada (Sierra State Parks Foundation) – In honor of the history of hosting the 1960 Olympic Nordic events at what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park, the Sierra State Parks Foundation is hosting an Olympic Day on the Trails at the State Park from Sugar Pine Point on February 20. The Foundation will be offering free day passes to encourage everyone to experience snow sports. The first 50 registrants will have their State Park parking pass paid for by the Foundation. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. This free day at the park celebrates the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Olympic Heritage Trails, located on the campground side of the park, follow the trails used for the cross-country skiing events of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Olympic history buffs can come and view exhibits on the Park Olympic experience and remember the international goodwill that took place half a century ago. Competitors covered over 35.4 miles of track through the General and McKinney Creek areas. Men’s competition and biathlon were primarily held in the General Creek area. The women’s competitions were held in the McKinney Creek area, one mile to the west. The stadium was located between the two. Since all facilities were temporary and were removed shortly after the end of the games, the pitch was restored to its natural state. Now Parks maintains the trail with a toboggan-plow hybrid. Snowshoeing and snow games are also suitable for trail conditions.

Join this historian-led snowshoe hike to learn about the formation of Lake Tahoe, its history with the Olympics, its relationship to wildfires, and local flora and fauna.

Date: February 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., please have snowshoes and be ready to hit the trail by 1 p.m.

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Initiation and last-minute snowshoe fitting
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. Hike to the bridge, 15 min. padding for interpretation speech
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m. Photos and afternoon tea
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Return to car park, 15 min. padding for interpretation speech

No cost

Meeting point: Blue Trailhead at the Overflow parking lot (go past the kiosk and follow the orange cross-country ski signs)

Please bring: Snowshoes, Trekking poles (optional but recommended), at least 2 liters of water, snacks, warm clothes

Distance of the hike: 3 km. We’ll take the blue trail to the red trail, we’ll turn around at the bridge after a few photo ops.

Register here!

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Rachel J. Bradford