Pickel Meadow Trail

Bridgeport, California

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Here’s a classic example of an ordinary area transformed into an enchanted land when snow-covered. Families in snowshoes or on cross-country skis frolic along this simple route around the edges of expansive Pickel Meadow, with a few detours to its middle to admire the pure, rushing waters of meandering West Walker River. No matter what time in winter you visit, something’s bound to be peaking in rapture. It could be a heavier than normal snowpack tightly hemming the curving banks of the West Walker River. Or perhaps it might be the swollen, gleaming orange clusters of willows, standing naked in late winter with their new leaf buds about to burst. Or it could be a thin coating of snow, interspersed with frozen native bunchgrasses, dormant but heaving.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

Here’s a classic example of an ordinary area transformed into an enchanted land when snow-covered. Families in snowshoes or on cross-country skis frolic along this simple route around the edges of expansive Pickel Meadow, with a few detours to its middle to admire the pure, rushing waters of meandering West Walker River. No matter what time in winter you visit, something’s bound to be peaking in rapture. It could be a heavier than normal snowpack tightly hemming the curving banks of the West Walker River. Or perhaps it might be the swollen, gleaming orange clusters of willows, standing naked in late winter with their new leaf buds about to burst. Or it could be a thin coating of snow, interspersed with frozen native bunchgrasses, dormant but heaving.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Bridgeport
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3–4 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Toiyabe National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Pickel Meadow
Driving Directions: Directions to Pickel Meadow Trail

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Apr 2018