Sierra 2000 O-Fest
Contact: Evan Custer, 925-254-5628
The Sierra 2000 O-Fest isn't just for competitive
orienteers. Several events will also have recreational courses open to the
public: first-time orienteers, recreational hikers, and families. Unlike the
competitive courses, you don't have to register in advance - just show up on event day
and sign up. This means you can try orienteering at a
low-key level while getting the chance to attend a national event and
watch the serious competitors in action.
So come enjoy a day (or two or three) of orienteering at Lake Tahoe, one of the
most scenic areas in the United States. Below are the event details, fees, directions,
etc. If you'd like to
make a vacation of it, check out our Lodging &
Camping page for accommodations. See you there!
There will be recreational courses suitable for beginners (White course),
advanced beginners (Yellow course), and intermediate orienteers (Orange
course) at the following events.
The courses will be different each day.
There will also be free beginner's clinics and Start-Os for the wee ones.
- Saturday/Sunday, July 29-30 - Lake
Tahoe-Nevada State Park at Spooner Lake (east shore of Lake Tahoe, near intersection of U.S.
50 and Nevada Route 28). Note: There is no Orange course on Sunday.
- Wednesday, August 2 - Sawmill Flat, Northstar-at-Tahoe (7 miles south of
Truckee on Highway 267).
- Saturday/Sunday, August 5-6 - Burton Creek State Park, Tahoe City.
Registration and Schedule
You don't have to pre-register for an event - just show up!
Registration: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Note: Whether or not you complete your course, you must
check in at the Finish. If you don't, we must assume you
are either lost or injured, and a search party may have to be sent to
look for you. Please include your car's license plate number on the control card
Starts: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beginner's clinics: 9:30 - 10:30 am
You may do any of the courses below at the recreational level. You can
do two courses in a day if you have time, and different courses on different days.
To give you a sense of the time involved: The average beginner who walks a White
course takes about one hour to complete it; a runner might take 30 minutes.
Start-O. These short, free courses are suitable for young children
(ages 3 to 10). They are near registration and require parental supervision.
White. Designed for novices, families, children, and others who don't
want to get off the trail or get their feet wet. All of the controls are
Yellow. Designed for advanced beginners or people who have extensive
experience with the use of topographical maps, such as backpackers.
Controls may be off trails. There should be handrails (linear features) -
such as trails, streams, fences, power lines, and distinct vegetation
boundaries - between the controls.
Orange. Intermediate course designed for orienteers who
have successfully completed 5 or 6 Yellow courses. It is off-trail,
and requires knowledge of orienteering maps and orienteering
techniques, including being able to read contour lines and follow a compass
bearing, and may involve significant physical effort,
including climbing up and down steep terrain off-trail.
Here are the statistics for the recreational courses at the Sierra 2000. They consist
of three numbers: distance (in kilometers), climb (in meters, uphill elevation change),
and number of controls (features you'll be looking for). Below are the available course
stats; check back later for updates. If you'd like additional details on these
events, click the links to go to their individual Sierra 2000 pages.
Sat, July 29 Sun, July 30 Wed, Aug 2 Sat, Aug 5 Sun, Aug 6
Spooner Lake Spooner Lake Sawmill Flat Burton Creek Burton Creek
White 2.7k,20m,9c 1.95k,105m,11c 2.7k, 25m 2.05k,35m,9c
Yellow 3.03k,90m,9c 2.9k,170m,11c 4.1k, 50m 2.58k,55m,9c
Orange 3.4k,125m,10c (no orange) 6.5k, 215m 3.83k,95m,11c 4.58k,125m,11c
Standard BAOC fees will apply for these recreational courses. All
participants receive a map.
- For White and Yellow courses, the fee is $6.00 for an individual
or the first adult in a group, and $2.00 for each additional adult.
- For the Orange course, the fee is $8.00 for an individual or first adult
of a group who is a member of BAOC, GCO, or any other USOF chartered club,
and $2.00 extra for each additional adult. The charge for non-members on
the Orange course is $12.00
for the first person, and $2.00 for each additional adult.
- Children and juniors aged 8 to 20 are half price on all courses.
Children under 8 are free.
- Second courses are $2.00 per person.
- Compass rental is $1.00.
- Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park charges $5.00 for parking.
Parking is free at Northstar and Burton Creek.
- There is an optional $6.00 chair lift to the start at Northstar.
- The July 29 event at Spooner Lake will feature electronic punching (see
below). Rental of a SportIdent e-card is $2.00.
Electronic punching will be used on
the recreational courses at the Spooner
Lake event on Saturday, July 29th. All participants or groups must
have a SportIdent e-card for this event. If you do not own one, you
may rent one for $2.00. Standard paper punch cards will be used
at all other events.
All maps will be pre-marked with the courses. White course participants
will receive their maps at registration, and they may take them to the
beginner's clinic. Yellow and Orange participants receive the map at the
starting line. Every participant receives a map, and it is
yours to keep after the event.
What to bring
Wear sneakers, running shoes, or lightweight hiking boots. Most
people wear long pants, particularly on the Yellow and Orange courses. If
you have a compass, bring it, or else you may rent one at registration.
Bring a safety whistle, or get one at registration. You might also like to
bring a lunch to eat afterward.
Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park at Spooner Lake
From the Bay Area, take I-80 east to Sacramento, then US 50 east through
South Lake Tahoe to the intersection of Nevada Route 28. Turn north on
Route 28 and shortly thereafter, make a right turn into the park. Pay $5
per car for parking. Follow directions on where to park, and then signs to
From Truckee, take Route 267 to the T-intersection with Route
28 at King's Beach. Turn left and go about 30 miles until you come to the
park entrance. (If you come to the intersection with US 50, you missed the
turn.) Turn left into the park, and follow instructions as above.
From the Bay Area, take I-80 east to Truckee. Go south on Route 267 for
about 7 miles to the Northstar-at-Tahoe resort. Follow signs to registration.
From the Bay Area, take I-80 east towards Truckee, then go south on Route 89
to Tahoe City. At the Y-intersection, continue straight on Route 28 (North
Lake Blvd). Go about 2 miles towards Dollar Point, turn left onto Fabian
Way, then an immediate right onto Village Road. Turn left at the 3rd
intersection onto Polaris Drive, and go to the end of the street and follow
signs for parking at the North Tahoe High School. Follow signs to
From Truckee or Northstar, take Route 267 to the T-intersection with Route
28 at King's Beach. Turn right and go about 7 miles until you get to Fabian
Way near Dollar Point. (There is a 7-11 store on the south (towards the
lake) side of the road.) Turn right and follow directions as described