Saturday, September 12, 2009

On this 9/11, time out for a mountain

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Yesterday we hiked to the summit of 9700 foot Mount Tallac adjacent to Lake Tahoe.

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The lower flanks of the mountain are dotted with tiny crystalline lakes that reflect the mountain above.

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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.

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The views from the summit were superb. That's Lake Tahoe with Emerald Bay stretching inland and a corner of Fallen Leaf Lake.

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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.

2 comments:

Darlene said...

What gorgeous photos. I think the Tahoe area is one of the most beautiful in the United States. The lake is so blue.

I could never climb that mountain so thanks for doing it for me so I could enjoy the view via your camera.

sfmike said...

Great photos, and I'm with Darlene. Absolutely no interest in climbing that mountain so doing it vicariously through you is a treat.

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