Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Climbing to the mountaintop

Lucas was visiting us from Chicago for a week and he and I decided we were going to go on a serious hike.  At first, the plan was to hike to the top of Mt. Tallac, the highest peak around the south part of the lake.  But on further reflection, the 10 miles and 3,200 vertical feet of that hike started to look like a big bite to chew.  So we decided to settle for Maggies Peak, which was half the distance and 1,000 feet shorter, and the view would be similar.  We first hiked to Granite Lake where we ate lunch and then left Lynnae to fish and relax while we kiked and scrambled up the looming peak.

Looking down on Emerald Bay as we hike up to Granite lake
Lynnae settled in to fish
It took about two hours round trip and the views at the top were spectacular.  We could see Lake Tahoe to the east and far into the Desolation Wilderness to the west. Here are some shots and a video from the top.
Looking down on Granite Lake and Tahoe as we climb

At the top!

Tahoe, Cascade Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake

Looking west over Desolation Wilderness.  If you look closely you can see some small lakes

ALMOST everyone is tired after this one!

No fish caught but a nice afternoon nonetheless

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