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Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake

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  • Trailhead seen from the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trailhead.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trailhead.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • The trail takes you to the back side of the lodge.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Lytton Lake.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Lytton Lake.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Start of Kitty's Cruse.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Kitty's Cruse.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Kitty's Cruse.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Kitty's Cruse.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Kitty's Cruse.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • View of Mount Judah from the Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • View from the Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Main Drag Trail.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
  • Backside of the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Main Drag + Kitty's Cruse Snowshoe to Lytton Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Groomed trails. Trailhead close to lodging.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
320.00 ft (97.54 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,000.00 ft (2,133.60 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The cross-country ski and snowshoe trails at the Clair Tappaan Lodge are open to the public for a fee that is included with your stay at the lodge. The Main Drag and Kitty's Cruse is a there-and-back loop that takes you around Lytton Lake. Main Drag starts to the northeast of the front entrance to the Clair Tappaan.

The trail initially starts off on an incline that levels out fairly quickly. This groomed trail is flanked by fir and pine trees that eventually thin out once you near the lake. During the winter months Lytton Lake is iced over and covered by snow. This is where Kitty's Cruse connects, so look for signs near the backside of the lake. Kitty's Cruse loops around to the other side of the lake and brings you back into the thick of the trees. 

Follow this trail for about a mile until it connects back to Main Drag. At this point you can continue the way you came or take a small side trail that takes you to the back side of the lodge. The total distance for this enjoyable hike is 2 miles.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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