I plan to do an overnighter in the Castle Peak area across the freeway from the Boreal Ski Resort off of highway 80 in the Tahoe national forest. A few miles from the Donner pass.
This area is located at the foot of the PCT and should have a very good base of snow. Forecast calls for lows in the high teens and about a 20% chance of snowfall.
The camp will be just off the trail about 1/2 mile in from the trail gate. Parking will be available in the Snopark next to Boreal which will require a parking pass available for $5 and would need to be purchased in advanced at local stores or easily online.
I call this a Shake Out because its a great way to dial in you Winter hang if you are new to snow camping. Since your car will be about a 20 minute walk, bailing out will be an easy option if need be.
I will arrive at the SnoPark around noon on saturday then walk the road under the freeway into trail from there. I've done this very trip six times in past winters and countless time in the Summer. This time of year its a great place to hike/snowshoe/xcountry ski.
What you will need:
Hammock stuff and insulation appropriate to the weather
Warm clothing enough to keep you warm down to single digits
SnowPark parking pass https://secure.kinsail.com/results.asp?p=casno&pt=parks
Snowshoes are optional but very useful
Pulk optional but also useful - if you bring one, we will drop it off at the trail head then park the car.
Everyone is welcome even if you've never snow camped this will be a great opportunity to check it out. Please reply to the thread if interested. I will be leaving from the Bay Area if you would like to carpool let me know.