2013 Sierra Summerfest
2013 Sierra Summerfest

Sierra Summerfest

Day 1: Spooner Summit Scramble

Spooner Lake State Park

Date: (Thu.) Jul. 25, 2013
Location: Between Incline Village, NV and South Lake Tahoe, CA
Event Director: - 650.302.4835
Course Setter: Bruce Wolfe
Type: C; Teams of 1 to 5 find up to 20 checkpoints in up to 90 minutes

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

The first event of the Sierra Summerfest will be held at Spooner Lake State Park. This is a beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe.

All are welcome at the Summerfest events, and beginners are encouraged to participate!

This event will be the fourth event of BAOC's 2013 Wilderness Scramble Series.

About the Spooner Summit Scramble

What is a Scramble? It's simple: About 20 checkpoints are scattered over a custom-made, detailed trail map of Spooner Lake Park. With your team of 1 to 5 people, find as many checkpoints as you can in 90 minutes. It's a Score-O event. Learn more about the 2013 Wilderness Scramble Series here.

Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes for details about the course.

What's It Like?

Is the Spooner Summit Scramble beginner friendly? The answer is "Yes!" However, be aware that it will be hilly, and you should be open to venturing off-trail. It is helpful to use contours to navigate, and our instruction clinic will cover the basics of topographic map navigation. This event will include quite a few beginner-friendly controls.


Follow the signs to the registration area when you enter Spooner Lake Park. This is a mass-start event, so you'll want to be on time!

2:45 PM – Registration/Check-in
3:15 PM – Map distribution and pre-race instructions
3:25 PM – Instruction clinic for beginners
4:00 PMMass start
5:30 PM – Course closes
6:00 PM – Awards

Everyone must return to the Finish by the closing time (or as soon as possible after that).


Early registration is now closed. The following fees apply to this event.

                                  Adult        Junior   
                                 (21 & up)      (20 & under)
    Early registration (*)         $10           $5
    Registration at the event      $15          $10
    (*) The deadline for early registration was 8:00 PM PDT July 14.

There is no charge for children under 8 who are accompanied by an adult.

Note that there is a "Package Deal" for all the Summerfest events (but it requires early registration).

Note to "Recreational" Participants: Although early registration is not available for the recreational courses at the A-meet events (i.e., Friday Sprint, Saturday, and Sunday events), you will need to register early for this event in order to pay the lower fee shown above.

Please note that even if you register ahead of time, you will need to check in at the event, to pick up your SPORTident E-stick (if you don't have your own) or to register your personal E-stick (so we can enter you in our results system).

Teams & Awards

The Spooner Summit Scramble is a team event, so invite your friends! Teams can include 1-5 people. Yes a "team" of one will count, but we recommend this only for experienced participants over 18. If you need help finding a team, feel free to utilize the BAOC  (if you are a list member) and/or the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Orienteering-Club/208432029957), or contact (BAOC Event Coordinator).

In addition to an award for the overall champions, there will be special recognition for various team compositions: all female, all male, and mixed. We will also recognize a masters class (all members over 45) and a family/junior class (teams with youth members 16 and under).

There are 20 controls placed with values of 10 to 25 points​—​quite prominent on the description sheet. Each minute (or fraction) over the 90-minute time limit costs you 10 points.


All teams must carry a whistle for emergency signaling. You can get one for free at Registration.

Bring a watch, so you will know how much time is left.

It is possible to go off-trail, so pants, shoes with good traction, and gaiters (if you have them) are optional. Water bottles or Camelbaks are a good idea.

There is no poison oak at Spooner Lake!

Each team member will be provided a map. You may use any additional navigational aids that you desire. This includes compass, altimeter, and GPS. Compasses can be rented for $1 each.

The SPORTident electronic punching system will be used to record controls. Each team will need one e-stick. If your team doesn't have its own e-stick, you can rent one for $3.

Driving Directions

Spooner Lake is on Lake Tahoe's east shore near the junction of routes 28 and 50, which is between Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe.

From Truckee, exit I-80 at route 267 and head south to King's Beach. At the lake, go left (east) on route 28. Spooner Lake park entrance is approximately 10 miles south of Incline Village, on the left side of the road.

From South Lake Tahoe, take route 50 north approximately 10 miles, then turn left onto route 28. The park entrance will be on the right.

Expect to pay a park fee at the entrance kiosk. It's $8 for NV residents, and $10 for others. Note that parking will be limited, so please carpool if possible.

Free parking is located on the west side of Route 28, just north of the intersection with U.S. 50. The walk is about 0.25 mile (400 m). If you park there, be very careful crossing Route 28 while walking to and from the event. Also, be aware that there is a $1 per person walk-in use fee assessed at self-pay stations.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.