There are several other hikes and lakes I wanted to post about as my next blog post, but after hiking Mount Tallac this one has to be it. I’ve actually posted about Tallac in the past, but it’s just such an amazing hike with absolutely astounding views, here is another one. Two hours, two minutes and eleven seconds. So close. I wanted to beat the 2 hour mark hiking to the summit, but just missed it. Oh well. Tallac Peak is at 9,735 feet above sea level. There a multiple entry points, but I’m going to discuss leaving from Mount Tallac Trailhead. Please read my previous post if you are interested in the other entry points, Mount Tallac – Don’t hesitate it’s well worth the effort. Starting at the Mount Tallac Trailhead, you’ll gain over 3,000 vertical feet with about 4.6 miles of hiking each way. It’s a tough hike, but like I said the 360 degree view from the summit is breathtaking as you’ll peer over Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Basin.
So, it was just me this time. Jillian, my dog was being lazy and friends were busy. I got a later start then I initially wanted, getting to the trailhead at 8am. I packed up a few things in my Granite Rocx Backpack and was on my way. Also, real quick Granite Rocx is a new backpack company I just launched with a very unique backpack and cooler attachment system. It’s a beachpack, daypack and more! Check it out if you’re interested here, as the official shipment arrives this Wednesday, August 7th! I’ll be posting more about the backpack and company this coming week. Back to Tallac: the hike starts with a pretty steady uphill until where you can see Fallen Leaf Lake on your left. It flattens here as you follow the West Shore of Fallen Leaf. Make sure to bring boots with thick soles as you will walk across decent size rock and without the right shoes it could be painful. If you’re looking for some new boots, try Tahoe Mountain Sports or Mountain Gear. The path will lead further into desolation where you’ll start climbing again. You will pass Floating Island Lake on your right and keep climbing. Continue and you will see a post. Follow the trail straight. Then you’ll pass another small lake, Cathedral Lake on your left at about 2.75 miles into the hike. Below are a few pictures!
Once you pass Cathedral Lake, the climbing really begins. The path leads to some excellent views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Keep climbing and you’ll reach probably the toughest section of the hike, the climb to the top of the ridge. The path follows horizontal across the face to a point where you can cut left or continue straight up. I continued straight up. This is probably a little tougher and slightly shorter, but I actually came down the other way and it wasn’t terribly different. You can see that in my MyTracks. Here are a few more pictures!
Once you reach the top of the ridge, continue on the trail for probably a little more than a mile with a pretty steady climb. You’ll come to a post. Go right and not far is the summit! From the summit, there are great views of Lake Tahoe towards the East. Look West with fabulous views of Gilmore Lake, Susie Lake, Lake Aloha, I believe Snow Lake and one of the Velmas. It’s absolutely beautiful up there! Enjoy some more pictures!
The trailhead is easy to get too. From South Lake Tahoe, follow Highway 50 towards the “Y”. Make a right at the “Y” onto Highway 89 or Emerald Bay Road. Follow the road past Camp Richardson. You’ll see a sign to make a left towards Mount Tallac Trailhead. Make a left there and then follow the road to where you’ll make another left following the sign for Mount Tallac Trailhead. Once you reach the end of the road, you will see the start of the trailhead.
I honestly have to say it’s a pretty tough hike. It really is worth it though. If you’re in Tahoe and whether you are a hiker or not, take a day and hike Tallac. Spend some time on the ridge and eat some lunch. It’s exceptional and one of my favorites in Tahoe. If you’ve hiked Tallac and agree make a comment below! Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!