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Little Truckee Summit

Tahoe National Forest

Date: (Fri.) Aug. 7, 2009
Location: Truckee, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setter: Jay Hann
Type: C; This AFTERNOON event is a test of the Tahoe National Forest--an area we are considering for our potential JWOC bid

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Here is an opportunity to get an advanced look at some new terrain. It is in the Independence Lake area north of Truckee, and consists of relatively flat pine forests interspersed with clearings and meadows. It's like a mixture of Burton Creek and Spooner Lake.

We are exploring this area for possible use for the 2013 Junior World Orienteering Championships and Orienteering Festival, so do come out and see what it's like—we would very much like to hear your opinions afterward! Please note that this test event is aimed at evaluating the terrain, understanding the permitting process, and forging a relationship with the forest rangers. It is not an A-meet, nowhere close. Nevertheless, it should be good fun and interesting, and different.

There will be at least three courses offered: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Course design details will be published later this week.

The maps are being crafted by Jay Hann from a combination of USGS topographical maps and aerial photographs—he calls them "USGS plus" maps. The area to be used has not been field checked, so be careful with your navigation and don't expect many point features to be on the map. Streams are crossable, although you may get your feet wet if you don't take the time to find a dry crossing. The undergrowth varies in density, and is not mapped. For the most part, you will be able to run!

We will use E-punch.

The Start and Finish are close to the parking. Intermediate and advanced courses cross a tarred road—please be careful, there may be some traffic.

There are non-flush toilets at the parking area.

The altitude is about 6,600 feet, it's hot, and it's dry, so be sure to hydrate properly and wear sunscreen! We will have bottled water at the parking area for your use.

There are some folks camping in the area, so please stay clear of them and don't run through their sites.


Because of the late closure, it's even more important than usual to check in at the finish—please don't forget!

A Couple More Things

  1. My cell phone did not work at this site.
  2. We have received our permit from the Forest Service, so the meet is definitely a go! This was a major part of our "test", and has been successful. Many thanks to Scott Aster for his perseverance!

Driving Directions

From Interstate Highway 80, take exit 188B. Go north on highway 89 for 14.75 miles to Little Truckee Summit, turn left, and park in the parking lot. The road to the parking is entirely paved and of good quality.

Note from the BAOC Event Coordinator

This event is a test to use the Tahoe National Forest—an area we are considering for our potential JWOC bid.

The plan for the test is to use a "USGS plus" map—with the 40-foot contours traced to OCAD, and some vegetation boundaries added via a satellite photo. This event will begin at the Little Truckee Summit trailhead (14 miles North of Truckee on Hwy 89) and head south towards Independence Lake. If the event goes well, we can consider making full O-maps.

So if you are headed to Spooner for the Club Championships, give this map a run on Friday, and help us test using the Tahoe National Forest!

BAOC Event Coordinator
July 5, 2009