Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Memorial Day Hike on the TRT and PCT

We spent the long Memorial Day weekend at Lake Tahoe. For once, there was no Gold Country Grand Prix 10K run to race, so I just ran some training sessions and on Sunday, we went for a great hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail at Echo Lake.
We packed some delicious sandwiches for lunch from Tahoe House, our favorite bakery, filled up the Camelbak, and then headed south to the Echo Lake Chalet, which is located about 7 miles south of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 and marks the TRT/PCT trailhead .

The Echo Lake Chalet

One fun thing about this hike is that there is a ferry boat service ($10.00 pp one-way/Visa and Mastercard accepted) that takes you across lower and upper Echo Lake to the PCT trailhead, which otherwise would be a 2.9-mile hike. Note that the last ferry back to the chalet leaves promptly at 5:00 p.m.

From the boatramp and trailhead at Upper Echo Lake we hiked on the PCT through the desolation wilderness towards Lake Aloha (Still snowed under, based on some other hikers' reports). The views were fantastic and the weather was great.

View of Lower and Upper Echo Lake from the PCT

On the way back, Vicky and kids took the boat and I tried to race them (running the 2.9 miles back to the chalet). The boat was just a little bit faster and they arrived a few minutes before me and they were already buying some icecream when I got there.

Fun on the trail

Next up, the Run for the Community 5K/10K on Saturday.

1 comment:

Chihping Fu 傅治平 (超馬阿爸) said...

I enjoy reading your nice trip to TRT/PCT. In particular, Your racing with the ferry sounds really fun.

Found from your calendar that you'll pace in States. Guess that your only long run before TRT100. I admire your speedy 10K and I think these races should help you speed up in TRT100, which is full now.

Love to see you at Oracle 5K and States.


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