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Bayside Equestrian Sports - Blue Lakes Camping Trip

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM (PDT)

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Blue Lakes Camping Trip.  Thursday July 28 through Monday August 1, 2011 at Blue Lakes, off of Blue Lakes Rd. off of Hwy. 88 up near Markleville just south of Tahoe.  We will meet at the meadow we are camping in close to 6pm on Thursday evening, the 28th.


YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN HORSE, OWN HORSE TRAILER, OWN TRANSPORTATION AND OWN CAMPING SUPPLIES!!!  This is a Bayside Equestrian Camp trip.  If you do not own a horse, you may still come and camp with us, but horses will not be provided for those who do not own/bring horses.  This is an experienced horseman horse camping trip for advanced riders.  Easier trips and beginner clinics are available at other times throughout the year.  Please keep an eye out for them!


To Prepare for Blue Lakes: 

Please make sure that you don’t forget the following for your high country horse camping needs!  Feel free to email me if you have anything to add to this list or with any questions.




·         Warm horse blanket for blanketing in the evenings (our horses are used to the 70 degree valley summer nights, not 40 degree high country nights and we don’t want them spending all their trail riding energy at night trying to keep warm)

·         Lots of concentrated fly spray, as the mosquitoes and ticks are quite large and numerous (bring rags to apply in horse ears as well)

·         Horse first aid kit for any raw spots that can develop from the equipment with long hours and days of hard riding

·         Make sure your horses are shod and carry EZ Boots along for any thrown shoes.  It’s very rocky up there, even for hard feet.

·         Bring your high line kit and tree savers.  I recommend at least 100 feet of rope and lots of large metal rings for mobility along the high lines

·         Large water tubs as we will have to be transporting water from the creek to the campsite for the horses to drink

·         More hay/grain/feed than you normally feed per horse per day.  They consume more when they are working harder and more stressed.

·         All of your grooming equipment (especially extra hoof picks) and saddle bags for packing out lunch and supplies for our all day rides

·         Can’t hurt to have a little Bute along in case of sore muscles on the horses or any possible injury

·         I would recommend bitless bridles (bosal/sidepull/hackamore) so that when we stop to eat, they can too.  Always bring an extra halter too in case one breaks.

·         Saddle cushions if you feel you might need one.  Some of our rides will be close to 8 hours long and there will be NO COMPLAINERS, no babysitters and NO turning back early!!!

·         Make sure your horse and your rear is in shape for 6-8 hour hard rides at 8-9,000 feet elevation, at times, through snow.

·         Padded equipment is always best.  Bring puffy girths, puffy breast collars, and/or extra padding to add if needed for any rubbing on your horse.

·         Extra leather straps/extra rope for misc needs that may arise

·         Horse first aid kit for any injuries that may occur out on the trail




·         It’s an independent camp trip.  You are responsible for all of your own food, water, camping gear, ice, TP, bug spray and firewood.

·         No facilities or water is available for humans, so bring TP, shovel, a water filter, or enough bottled water to last the whole time.

·         Bring extra ice in your ice chests to keep the perishables cold for the whole time, temps shouldn’t get much over 80.

·         Bring LOTS of sunscreen and bug spray…  The bugs are horrible up there.

·         Bring extra blankets and flashlights, batteries and lots of firewood.  It gets pretty chilly at night (down to 40’s).

·         Chairs/tables/lanterns/cook stoves/etc. all your own camping gear, anything you would bring on a trip on your own.

·         Extra propane bottles, you never know how much you might need.

·         Off road vehicles are allowed and so are campers, so bring any ATV’s or whatever you can fit if you want.  Fishing poles/licenses too.

·         Extra lighters and matches.  Sometimes the flame throwers refuse to work up there for whatever reason…  Moisture, elevation, ??

·         I have a fire permit already, so no need to bring your own unless you’re planning on making your own fire apart from the group

·         No reservations or cost associated with this trip as far as the camp site goes.  This is wilderness/meadow camping in national forest.  No cash or money needed.

·         Garbage bags (plenty of them)

·         GPS (if you have one) and maps that can be obtained from the Carson Pass Forest Service Station, it’s wilderness out there!

·         Shovel, axe, chainsaw, hatchet for cutting up firewood that may be lying around the campsite from downed trees

·         First aid kit, any medications or pain killers/allergy meds you might need for yourself


I will be putting up signs to show you where to go and how to find the meadow we camp in once you get on Blue Lakes Road from Hwy 88.  Follow the BAS signs/arrows to the campsite.  We will be there Thursday evening around 6pm after a day ride up at Carson Pass. 


If you’d like to go on the ride on Thursday morning at Carson Pass, email me back and I’ll let you know the details.  We will most likely ride out at 10am and do the loop from the Visitor Center to Frog Lake, Winemucca Lake, Round Top Lake, Woods Lake, back up to Winemucca Lake and then back out to the Ranger Station/Visitor Center (where you can obtain plenty of trail maps for the area).  The horse staging area is just before and across the street from the Ranger Station at Carson Pass on Hwy 88, about 30 minutes further to the campsite.  You can see it on Google satellite view.  This is a tough ride and approximately 6 hours long.


Remember that most of these rides will be hard long rides.  Rocky trails, many steep parts, difficult water crossings and bridges and can take 6-8 hours round trip.  Please come with both yourself and your horse prepared for this kind of riding!!  If you’d like to do your own shorter easier ride, that’s fine as well.  We don’t have to stay together as a group and do the same things every day.  This is why trail maps are helpful.  There is also plenty of fishing, hiking and other exploration to do if you don’t come on some of the rides. 

The approximate GPS coordinates of the actual camp site are 38.649422, -119.914892.


Call me with any questions!!  See you all up there.  You can come and/or go for as many days as you want and come and go on as many trail rides as you would like, with us, or on your own.


Erin (209) 602-3137

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM - Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM (PDT)

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