Hiking Camping Vanning
Did this two times last winter. the first time we headed east and traveled through the whole canyon until we came across views of Washoe Lake. we had crossed a river that winded through the snow bed that was quite beautiful. this was 6 miles RT. The second time we headed up to the ridge for a great view of Tahoe and then back to the wooded part of the meadows where put seeds in our hand and waited for chickadees to come eat. It worked very well! We tried feeding the birds again during the summer but no bites. Perhaps the abundance of food gave them no need to mess with humans this time of year.
Did this two times last winter.
After hiking this trail to watch the sunrise at the summit, I don't believe I could do it any other time. spectacular view and the horizon emitted all colors of the rainbow at one point. Started the hike at 1230AM and reached the summit by 4AM. Something about hiking by headlamp made it a lot less discouraging as we could never see the huge elevation gain we were about to conquer. Just taking one rock at a time. It was a great way to beat the summer heat as the high sierra temps drop during the night and was refreshing as we hiked. However the summit was very cold once we stopped moving so make sure to bring a lot of layers. (a sweat shirt and Sweatpants were still too cold) We had chose a great night to make the journey as it was the peaking time of the perseid meteor shower. Star gazing was a great way to pass the time as we waited for the sun to make its debut. We saw no other hikers the whole time until reaching the summit where we met some back-country campers that camped in the meadows and had the same idea as us. The hike down was a whole new hike as we encountered everything we had passed but could not see on the way up. The wildflowers in the early morning, the multiple lakes we had not noticed, and walking down a huge pile of rocks we didn't realize what we had faced. by the time we reached the forest is when we saw many hikers on their way to make the trek to the summit. Highly trafficked. The most people I had ever seen on a trail in my life. However it was a Saturday in August and I was happy to see so many people taking the challenge. We arrived to the trail head at about 9am exhausted and had legit trouble staying awake but it was all so worth it. So many perks of doing this hike at night. Cool temps, no traffic, even more breathtaking views, and a better mentality of what you're about to face.Tallac was a highlight of my summer adventures and I highly recommend sunrise hiking to anyone willing to take the challenge
After hiking this trail to watch the sunrise at the summit, I don't believe I could do it any other time.
Falls were completely dry during late August. Possibly due to recent drought our not an optimal time for waterfalls! The road coming into the trial head from the campsite side is completely dirt and rugged in some areas!
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