We were wary of the Tahoe area, to quote our camping book “people come here in droves”. However, it is highly regarded by a number of our friends so we had to check it out. Tahoe was a pleasant surprise. I think we timed our visit just right. It was after the Labor Day long weekend in the states and as far as anyone there was concerned summer was over, despite the fact that it was still pretty hot. Apparently people were also staying away, worried that the smoke from the fires in Yosemite would spoil the views….suckers! Sunrise and Coffee, Lake Tahoe.
The visitor information lady and the rangers were some of the most enthusiastic and helpful we’ve come across. It was supposed to be just an overnight hike but it quickly turned into a three day adventure. We hiked up into the Desolation Wilderness, checked out the mountain lakes and then spent a day hiking without our packs up to Dick’s Peak. As you can imagine, we exhausted all the not so witty one-liners that day. Swimming and Cooking at Middle Velma Lake.
Scrambling up Dick’s Peak was awesome, and we were lucky to get clear views all the way back to Lake Tahoe. We also met some locals on the way to the top who said that we could get back to our campsite via a loop, rather than going back the way we came. There wasn’t really a trail so we had to figure it out as best we could with our map. It also meant that we had to do a bit of rock scaling. This was the scariest part for me, thanks to my clumsiness and fear of heights.
Although we passed a fair few people on the trail, we were able to find awesome campsites both nights. Each one was by a beautiful lake and with no one else around. For me, sunrise and sunset in the mountains with only my friends in sight is unbeatable. Sunrise and Sunset at Middle Velma Lake. Sunset at Fontanillis Lake.
It was an awesome trip and so much better than expected. Brounie and I got back to Oscar with our feet covered in blisters. Luckily, he had cold beers waiting for us!