Feel the strain and celebrate the triumphs of the emigrants who crossed the Sierra Nevada during the 1849 Gold Rush. On this walking, hiking, and driving tour, follow the very same paths where emigrants led their oxen-pulled wagons through the seemingly impassable canyon of the Carson River and up and over the treacherous Devil’s Ladder, now known as Carson Pass. Hear excerpts from emigrants’ original diaries to feel their fears, hopes, and daily struggles. Optional short hikes ranging from easy to strenuous (non-hiking alternatives offered). The program starts the evening before with a free slide show and talk focusing on early trailblazers including Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and Joe Walker. The next morning, depart Sorensen’s at 8:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Bring sunblock, extra water, hat, and a light jacket. Participants may be asked to drive their own vehicles. For lodging information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.
DATES: June 15-16; Aug 10-11; Sept 14-15
COST: $60 guests/$95 for non-guests ($30 children ages 6 through 13); price includes snacks, beverages, and trail lunch