Spooner Lake - South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 25-26, 1999

by Evan Custer, 925-254-5628

Come enjoy a day or two of orienteering at Spooner Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, one of the most scenic areas in the United States. Spooner Lake is part of Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, overlooking Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. At 7,000 feet in elevation, the views are stupendous and there's no poison oak or rattlesnakes.

This recreational orienteering event is open to everyone - first-time orienteers, recreational hikers, families - and is part of BAOC's hosting of the 1999 U.S. Orienteering Championships. 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.

There will be beginner's clinics and three recreational courses offered each day: White (beginner), Yellow (advanced beginner), and Orange (intermediate). There will also be a Start-O for the kids at no charge. The courses will be different on Saturday and Sunday, so you can do either or both days. If you are a competitive Junior who wants to try to win your age group medal on these courses, you should register for the US Champs event.

You don't have to pre-register - just show up! The entry fees will be our usual club fees: White and Yellow courses are $6.00 for an individual or the first person in a group, and $2.00 for each additional adult in a group. The Orange course is $8.00 for a club member and $12.00 for a non-member, and $2.00 for each additional adult. Children and juniors are half price.

Registration: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starts: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beginner's clinics: 9:30 - 10:30 am


From the Bay area, take I-80 east toward Sacramento. Just west of Sacramento, get on Highway 50 east and follow it through Placerville and South Lake Tahoe and up the east side of Lake Tahoe. Turn left (north) onto Nevada Route 28 (toward Incline Village). Go about 400 meters and turn left into the parking area across the highway from Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park at Spooner Lake. Follow the signs to the registration area.


If you'd like to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of hotels and other accommodations in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Camping is available at Nevada Beach campground, located 13 miles from Spooner Lake and about 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, on the west (lake) side of Highway 50. For reservations, call the US Forest Service at 877-444-6777 (toll free).