Trail Mavens

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR URBAN WOMEN

Skill-based camping and backpacking trips for groups of extraordinary women. Ready to build fires, read maps, pitch tents, hike, laugh, and drink wine around the campfire? Join one of our weekend adventures.

lake tahoe camping (advanced)
june 24-26

adventure type:

camping & hiking

activity rating:

rigorous


FIRST-TIME TRAIL MAVEN?

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Trip Highlights

  • Teach and learn camp set-up and break-down, map-reading, fire-starting, camp cooking, and Leave No Trace principles
  • Kick you own butt with some glute-challenging hiking
  • Scenery so beautiful that it may actually make your eyes hurt
  • Hang, laugh, and learn with a posse of inspiring women
  • Relax and unplug without emails or cell phones
  • A portion of your ticket goes back to California State Parks, to preserve and protect them for future generations

Itinerary Summary

Friday

5:30pm departure from SF, dinner on the road, campsite set-up in Tahoe, fire-building, and workweek wind-down with wine and conversation.

Saturday

French-press coffee and hearty breakfast, ten mile hike to the summit of Mt Tallac, rewarding yourself with insane lake views at the peak, evening jaunt down to the beach, dinner prep, fire-building, wine, and feasting.

Sunday

French-press coffee and hearty breakfast part deux, camp break-down, hike along South Lake Tahoe's most eye-popping trail with picnic lunch and stops for swimming, closing ceremonies, and return to SF. Exact return timing pending traffic and hiking speeds, but anticipate a dinnertime arrival.

* Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All Lake Tahoe state park admission/campsite fees.
  • Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation.
  • Meals (Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch), snacks, and wine/whiskey.
  • Shared items: tents, stove, cookware, fuel, plates, utensils, and camp chairs, lanterns, basic First Aid, firewood.
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and headlamp are provided at no additional cost for any woman who does not have her own.

+ ACCOMMODATIONS & food

You probably already knew this, but we'll be sleeping in two- or three-person tents. Plan to share your tent with 1-2 other trip participants.

We are strong believers in delicious food to fuel adventure, and take care to create healthy, tasty menus (think oatmeal and berries before a big hike, or zucchini mushroom burritos for dinner). We're happy to plan around our vegetarian and vegan Trail Mavens. Gluten-intolerant? We've got you covered! However, because planning gluten-free meals requires us to shift our plans for the entire group, we ask you note it during registration only if it presents a health issue for you, rather than an inclination.

+ Packing List

  • Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp & fresh batteries
  • A sense of adventure
  • Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing Trail Mavens sleeping bag)
  • Personal clothing
  • Day pack to carry while hiking
  • Sturdy, broken-in walking shoes
  • Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L capacity
  • Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses
  • Health insurance card & ID
  • Tampons/pads as needed
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Glasses/contacts with solution
  • A pen
  • (Trail Mavens alumnae only): previous Field Notes
  • Optional: hiking poles (esp. if you have knee issues), small pillow, hand towel, earplugs, comfy shoes for hanging out at our campsite, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck, small bottle hand sanitizer

Items in bold provided at no additional cost for any women who does not have her own!

+ TRANSPORTATION

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Lake Tahoe. For trip participants coming from the Bay Area, Trail Mavens makes every effort to coordinate carpools leaving from a central SF location. Each passenger will contribute to their driver to cover gas, wear, and tear (not included in trip investment). If we do not have enough drivers, Mavens may need to band together to rent a car for the weekend.

Participants choosing not to carpool may be subject to additional park entrance / parking fees.

+ HEALTH AND SAFETY

We take participant health and risk management very seriously on our trips. All Trail Mavens primary leaders hold Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. In remote destinations, we carry a DeLorme two-way signaling device, allowing us to contact authorities and Trail Mavens HQ in case of emergency. We minimize risk on the trail by keeping groups together while hiking, encouraging everyone to drink water and apply sunscreen, and making sure we're prepared with gear appropriate to our activities. Before registering, please read the terms of conditions of Trail Mavens' release. Any questions about participant health and risk management on our trips? Contact hello@trailmavens.com.

+ OUT OF TOWNER?

Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area no later than Friday early afternoon and departing no earlier than 10pm Sunday night, or Monday morning.

+ Gift certificates

Want to give this trip as a gift? Trail Mavens gift certificates are available here.

+ payment plans

We don't want finances ever to be the thing that gets in the way of your coming on a Trail Mavens trip. With that in mind, we offer installment plans, so you can spread out trip payment over three months. Sound appealing? Email hello@trailmavens.com and we'll get you set up.

+ cancellation policy

Should you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, Trail Mavens is able to offer refunds at the following rates:

  • 21+ days prior to trip departure date: 50% of trip cost refunded.
  • 14-20 days prior to trip departure date: 25% of trip cost refunded.
  • 0-13 days prior to trip departure: No refunds.

Trip Investment: $365 (early bird), $385 (after May 24)

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Additional questions? Email hello@trailmavens.com, or call 415-265-5062.