Alpenglow Mountain Festival celebrates outdoors

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Alpenglow Sports announces the second summer edition of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival from June 21 to 28. The 10-day festival is a celebration of human-powered events, demos, presentations, film and more. Exploring some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer, participants can hike, trail run, and enjoy natural history excursions and lakeshore yoga.

Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the festival has been designed to inspire participants to enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s playground with friends and family.

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate summer recreation enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.

The majority of events are free and space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register online in advance to assure spots and for the chance to win great giveaways. An events schedule, a map and additional details may be found at alpenglowsports.com.

Saturday, June 21

8 a.m. | Geology of Donner Summit hike
Join the guides at Tahoe Trips and Trails for an educational geology tour with an intense conditioning climb and fantastic vistas. This 4- to 6-mile hike has an elevation gain of about 1,300 feet and is moderate. Walk through the formation and ruins of Tahoe’s ancient volcanoes, identify the rocks, faults, and incredible forces that shaped this area, all while enjoying one of Tahoe’s most scenic and iconic peaks.

9 a.m.-noon | Rubicon Trail hike
Join the guides at Tahoe Wilderness Adventures for a half-day hike at DL Bliss and Emerald Bay State Park’s world-famous Rubicon Trail with picturesque views of Lake Tahoe while learning about the history of these iconic parks and native plant life. This 8- to 10-mile hike has a few hundred feet of elevation gain and is considered moderate.

10 a.m. | Page Meadows fun run
Enjoy a community fun run with Alpenglow staff through Page Meadows for 4 to 6 miles with 750 feet of climbing. Meet at the end of Silver Tip at 10 a.m.

7 p.m. | “Running Strong Past Age 40: A Balancing Act”
Patagonia trail athlete and winner of the Zion 100-Miler, Jeff Browning, will talk about doing the little things to stay strong and healthy, from nutrition to strength and cross training. He also will talk about balancing a full-time job, training and family time, and how that works with running 100s. Free at Alpenglow Sports.

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Sunday, June 22

8 a.m. | Lakeshore Yoga
Join a yoga session on Tahoe City’s Commons Beach. Participants will enjoy a fun, welcoming, all-levels yoga session.

9 a.m. | Demo & Fun Run
Meet Alpenglow staff and Jeff Browning at the Meeks Bay trailhead to demo Patagonia’s latest trail shoe offerings with a community fun run at 9:30 a.m. or take the shoes out on your own. Browning will lead a 9-mile run into northern Desolation Wilderness via the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail to Lake Genevieve for 3 to 5 hours.

Monday, June 23

8 a.m. | Shirley Canyon hike
Enjoy the flora and fauna of Shirley Canyon with the Alpenglow Sports staff during a hike to the Pacific Crest Trail and Sierra Crest with views of Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, while ascending the area’s granite amphitheater. The hike will be moderate to strenuous with 1,300 feet of elevation gain and last 1 to 2 hours. Bring a field guide to Tahoe birds, binoculars, sunscreen, water and a few snacks. Meet at the Shirley Canyon trailhead at 9 a.m.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Shoe demo
Come grab a pair of Hoka One One Trail shoes and take them to your favorite trailhead, or join the Tahoe Rim Trail run at 5:30.

5:30 p.m. | Tahoe Rim Trail run
Join homegrown hero Kara Lapoint for a women’s only fun run at Tahoe Cross Country. While Lapoint is a professional triathlete, she loves to share the passion of running with women of all ability levels.

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Tuesday, June 24

8 a.m. | Lakeshore Yoga
Join a yoga session on Tahoe City’s Commons Beach. Participants will enjoy a fun, welcoming, all-levels yoga session.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Shoe demo
Come grab a pair of Hoka One One Trail shoes and take them to your favorite trailhead, or join the Tahoe Rim Trail run at 5:30.

5:30 p.m. | Demo & fun run
Join a CEP equipment demo at the evening fun run with the latest in hydration packs and compression socks at Tahoe Cross Country with Alpenglow staff Jeff Dostie and Meghan Robins. All ability levels are welcome. The group will run for 5 to 8 easy miles on some of the North Shore’s best single track.

Wednesday, June 25

8 a.m. | Eagle Lake hike
This half-day hike will begin above Emerald Bay and follow the trail for 1 mile to Eagle Lake. Ben Hatchett, a UNR PhD. Candidate, will discuss the origin of the Sierra Nevada, including how Lake Tahoe was formed. Topics will include faults, earthquakes, tsunamis, glaciers, landslides, plate tectonics, floods and volcanoes. The group will see remnants of metamorphosed ancient sea floors, wander amongst glacial polish, and eat lunch amidst rocks formed deep within the Earth.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Shoe demo
Demo flat or zero drop shoes from Altra on your favorite trail.

7 p.m. | Western States movie
“Solstice, a Story of the Western States 100 Endurance Run” documents Ashley Lindsey’s attempt to finish the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. From mountain peaks to river canyons, runners climb more than 18,000 vertical feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet on this ultimate challenge. “Solstice” takes us inside Lindsey’s experience as a rookie attempting to run 100 miles for the first time.

 

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Thursday, June 26

8 a.m. | Lakeshore Yoga
Join a yoga session on Tahoe City’s Commons Beach. Participants will enjoy a fun, welcoming, all-levels yoga session.

9 a.m. | Tahoe Rim Trail hike
This hike, guided by the TRTA, has an elevation gain of 700 feet starting at 6,300 feet and travels along a beautiful ridge that overlooks the Tahoe Basin and the Truckee River Canyon. You can expect to see beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, Twin Peaks and Alpine Meadows with patches of squaw carpet and interesting geology along the way. While this hike is acceptable for all levels, note that some level of fitness is necessary because of the moderate, 10 percent uphill grade to the ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Equipment demos
Check out Montrail shoe demos on your favorite trail or on the community hike, or check at drop bag demos from Victory Sport Designs (until 3 p.m.).

5:30 p.m. | Tahoe Rim Trial fun run
Join a Montrail athlete and Alpenglow staff for a fun run on the Tahoe Rim Trail toward Watson Lake with less than 1,000 feet of ascent and last from 5 to 8 miles. All ability levels are welcome.

7 p.m. | “Running with Tarahumara”
Enjoy this photographic essay from Luis Escobar that documents the running culture of Northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon made famous in Chris McDougal’s award-winning book “Born to Run.”

 

Friday, June 27

9 a.m. | Ellis Peak Trail fun run
Join a Salomon athlete and Alpenglow Sports for a community fun run along Lake Tahoe’s ultra-classic Ellis Peak Trail. The run will be moderate in difficulty (one short, steep climb out of the gate), last 3 to 4 hours and cover more than 5 miles, with 800 feet of elevation gain. Meet at Alpenglow at 9 a.m.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Shoe demo
Join Alpenglow Sports and Salomon for the annual Salomon Trail Shoe Demo Event with more than 200 pairs of demo shoes on hand.

2 p.m. | Wildflowers of Blackwood Canyon hike
Join Dr. Will Richardson of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for an afternoon of wildflower identification in scenic Blackwood Canyon for an easy walk for 2 to 3 hours. Bring a field guide to Tahoe wildflowers, sunscreen, water and a few snacks. Meet at the parking zone on Highway 89.

 

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Saturday, June 28

4:15 a.m. | Carpool to Western States start
Meet at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City at 4:15 a.m. to carpool to Olympic Valley for the start of the Western States 100 Endurance Run.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Sugar Pine Point hike
Enjoy a guided hike through the old growth pine forests and open meadows of Sugar Pine State Park. This moderate, 12-mile hike will also travel through the former sites of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Native plant life and the history of the area will be presented by retired range Tom Lindsey.

10 a.m. | Five Lakes fun run
Join the Alpenglow staff for a jaunt to Five Lakes and the Granite Chief Wilderness. The run will be moderate in difficulty, gain roughly 1,000 vertical feet for 5 miles round-trip. Meet at the trailhead.

 

Sunday, June 29

8 a.m. | Lakeshore Yoga
Join a yoga session on Tahoe City’s Commons Beach. Participants will enjoy a fun, welcoming, all-levels yoga session.

8 a.m. | Birds of Page Meadows hike
Join Dr. Will Richardson of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for a morning bird walk in scenic Paige Meadows. The walk will be easy for 2 to 3 hours. Bring a field guide to Tahoe birds, binoculars, sunscreen, water and a few snacks. Meet at the parking zone on Silver Tip Avenue.