Saturday, September 12, 2009
On this 9/11, time out for a mountain
Yesterday we hiked to the summit of 9700 foot Mount Tallac adjacent to Lake Tahoe.
The lower flanks of the mountain are dotted with tiny crystalline lakes that reflect the mountain above.
But much of the hike was an unrelenting slog across fields of slag rock, up and up, 3300 vertical feet over 4.6 miles. And it was hot; in the 80s.
The views from the summit were superb. That's Lake Tahoe with Emerald Bay stretching inland and a corner of Fallen Leaf Lake.
To the west runs the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, only a bit higher at this point.
Today we rest. Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.