finally had a chance during snow free season, some smoke from the Rim fire at Yosemite around the Lake Tahoe area
Have done the Mt. Tallac trail as well as Glen Alpine. The road to Glen Alpine is kind of a joke. VERY popular hike, but the views from the top justify it. The Tallac trail is shorter, Glen Alpine more scenic.
Done as loop with dicks peak. Sensational views!!! The tame marmots and chipmunks were in abundance on the summit.
Parked on 89 at the Mt. Tallac Trailhead entrance, and huffed over to Spring Creek. Had a miserable solo ascent up the NE Ridge. Wrong time of year for this route + low snow. Had to carefully pick my way up the mountain avoiding VERY thick brush and soft, spotty snow. Eventually made it off the dirt onto snow, but every step up sunk 50% back down the rest of the way. Summited and descended the long way around via Mt. Tallac Trail.
No way to describe the beautiful views from the trailhead all the way to the top. Head up the mountain early when the lakes along the way are perfectly still! Hiked with mebo1126.
Great hike but it was good to have started at the trailhead at 7:00 and reached the summit around 10:00 as some thunderstorms developed very quickly right around noon and the rain followed soon after. The forecast was for a 30% chance of rain after 3pm, so remember that things can change up there. Great views from the top in the morning and remains a great overall hike. A couple very aggressive chipmunks around the summit :)
Climbed in a t-shirt and only encountered a 20yd long stretch of snow... in January!
First time hiking the peak in five years, forgot how relentless the hike is from Cathedral Lake to the summit. The chipmunks on the summit are frigging nuts, like little kamikaze bombers taking shots at your lunch. There is a large marmot family on top now too. Disappointed that there is no summit register but the views are fantastic as usual.
Gorgeous climb. Very scenic. Shouldn't be underestimated, however. Plenty of water+hiking poles+good shoes+map=important. Trail is not well marked near the summit. It's a rocky climb, especially near the top where you scramble up large metamorphic rocks. Incredible view from the summit. Overall, a fun climb and a great time.
Started at the Glen Alpine trailhead- Gilmore Lake was still mostly frozen and the trail was mostly obscured by snowpack.
Pics and trip report here.
Up the northeast ridge and down the northeast bowl. Great view of the surrounding peaks.
Almost no snow! Some icy spots but a mostly straightforward hike up to the summit. Beautiful warm weather and conditions for January. Bring on the snow though!
Up via the lakes. I have never seen so many mosquitoes in the Tahoe area before. Summit was fun and very relaxing, especially with the views. Came down the south face on an old trail.
I did Tallac 3 times in 2011 by a variety of routes. Twice by myself early in the season. The first time was particularly interesting as the snow was soft and deep.... rather than postholing i was pylon holing :). The last time was later in the year with a friend and the flowers were a nice addition - the mosquitoes were not.
Climbed twice in the 80's, once with friends and once as an outing during a conference at the Stanford camp
Phil & I had a wonderful day hiking Tallac on Thursday! Hiking mid-week was great because there were not as many people out on the trail and on the peak. Annie, our very friendly mutt, joined us, greeted everyone she met, made many friends, and did quite well considering this was her first summit!
Nice hike and great views on E side of Crystal Range with quite a bit of snow still lingering from previous week's storm. Pretty windy but it only made it bearable; very hot when calm.