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.


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.

Civic Center said...

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