Thursday, June 28, 2012

My New Favorite Hike

If you've read my blog for awhile you know that Cam and I love to hike. We've hiked in the Carolinas, in Colorado, and even in Europe! However, this weekend we did a hike that was really amazing and I think it might even be my favorite hike that we've ever done (top three for sure).


Sunday morning, we headed out to hike Mt. Tallac. Mount Tallac is one of the tallest peaks in the Tahoe area, and it's actually one of the mountains that we can see from our house. Because I see it every day when I wake up in the morning and look out our bedroom window, I knew I wanted to climb it this summer and I'm so glad we did it this weekend. It was cool and sunny on Sunday, which was perfect hiking weather. The trail wasn't crowded at all which also made it really nice (and so totally different than the hikes we did in Colorado where all the trails were always packed!).


The trail starts at just below 6,500 feet and climbs for 4.8 miles to the summit which sits at 9,735 feet. Although it's not as tall as some of the 14,000 foot peaks we climbed in Colorado, I think that's why I enjoyed it more because we weren't above the tree-line for the majority of the hike. There were wildflowers, big trees, and beautiful little lakes that we passed along the way, not to mention incredible views of Lake Tahoe for a lot of the hike. One of my favorite parts of the hike was when we initially came over the crest of the mountains into this grassy meadow where we were surrounded by all these snowy mountains. It was really surreal and I totally felt like I was in that scene at the end of the Sound of Music where the Von Trapps are escaping from Austria through the Alps. (Oh come on, I know you know what I'm talking about...) 


The best part of the hike was reaching the summit because the panoramic views were absolutely breathtaking. Not only could we see Lake Tahoe stretching out before us, but we also had incredible views of the snowy Sierra Nevadas as well. I could have just sat up at the summit all day taking in the amazing sights! There were tons of chipmunks running around the top of the mountain and they were so adorable...the funniest part was that Lola didn't even pay attention because she was too busy scoping out the other dogs! She did so well on the almost 10 mile round trip, and I love that she is such a great little hiker :)

The things you people make me do...
The hike ended up taking us over six hours so I took a lot of pictures over the course of the day. Here are some of my favorites...



Fallen Leaf Lake
Since we don't have trekking poles, we decided to bring our ski poles for this hike and they definitely came in handy! 

Starting out the day...


It was cool because we got views of both Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake for a lot of the hike

Pyramid Peak--you can see this from our deck!
"Mom, it's so beautiful!"
We made it to the summit!
This is one of my favorite pictures ever...just look at how ridiculous Lola looks, I love it.
From the top of Mt. Tallac you could pretty much see the entire lake...and the crazy thing is this photo is completely unedited, the lake is just that blue!
Looking the other direction on the summit there were spectacular views of the mountains...


 








Heading back down...

Lola had so much fun playing in the snow


We climbed that :)
If you're ever in Tahoe and looking to do a longer day hike, Mt. Tallac is a must! It was such a fantastic day, and I'm looking forward to doing more hiking in Tahoe as the summer continues! Well that's all for me today friends, I just have to get through this work day and then we're headed to the airport--Michigan here we come!! Xoxo

PS: Today is your last chance to enter my Southern Tide giveaway...I'll be announcing a winner tomorrow!

7 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place, those views are amazing!

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  2. I LOVE hiking, and this hike looks seriously gorgeous! We're going to try to take Toby for a hike this weekend, so fingers crossed he likes it as much as Lola does!

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  3. Wow! Great view! It looks like an amazing day!

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  4. What a beautiful hike! Have you ever been to the Northwest (Seattle area)? We have lots of gorgeous hikes for the avid hiker like yourself - Snow Lake is a particular favorite of mine for future reference. :)

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