Continuing west, we decided to swing by Lake Tahoe on a whim after a suggestion from our SLC hosts. Sunset from the eastern shore of the lake was beautiful.
The not-so-glamorous parts of life in The Matrix: the mosquitoes were so bad that they were landing on, and attempting to bite, our dinner sausages (gross). You can only imagine what they were doing to us!
|cooking dinner at spooner summit in serious clouds of mosquitoes|
We decided on a simple overnight trip from Fallen Leaf Lake/ Glen Alpine trailhead (6,540') up to Gilmore Lake (8,350'), then on to Mt. Tallac (9,500'). More time to acclimatize and another chance to test my DIY gear before my Yosemite solo.
|relief map of our trip|
|looking toward the california sierra - one of those "once in a lifetime" shots - butterfly flies through the frame!|
|awesome views of lake tahoe (left) and fallen leaf lake (right)|
|gilmore lake, where we camped, in the distance|
Back at camp...
|tarptent for dave; hammock with net for me|
|fully covered and still hiding in the tent|
|dawn from the hammock. safe from the mosquitoes!|
First, shortly after you pass the old Glen Alpine camp, you will see what appears to be a trail junction marker. Just kidding! It's not. Both arrows for Susie Lake AND Grass Lake are pointing in the same direction - up the trail. Keep going and don't bear right (north).
|pay attention for this tree!|
|go right, again, around the trees in the center of the photo|
Hope that helps!