David Deffner and I climbed Mount Tallac via the Glen Alpine trail, on a totally beautiful and clear summer day. This was our first "training" hike together before our Kilimanjaro trek in July.
Warmup for Russell. Mostly Class 2 talus & bush with some fun class 3 near the top of the chutes, but once the chutes top out, you've still got 600 vertical feet left to go. A good summer alternative to the packed trail.
Good breaking in the boots trail...
I hiked up Cathedral Lake Trail and tagged the top of Tallac on the way to Dick's Peak and Jack's Peak. Of note, the mosquitoes were totally insane. Fucking crazy. I had never seen any there, so I neglected to take repellent. If you go in June or July, take some mosquito repellent or become an unhappy blood donor.
Also of note, I had to deviate from the usual trail a couple of times to go around snowfields. Not that big of a deal.
I went down the Glen Alpine Trail on they way to Dick's Pass and came back up it on the way back to my car. I managed to get off trail a couple of times on the way up the Glen Alpine Trail. Seems I was in the mood to follow those red herrings that look like trails but peter out and leave you wondering where the hell the trail went.
Have done this trail about six times, love the views from Tallac, several times I have gone down to Gilmore Lake to spend the night and fish. Skeets at Gilmore will eat you alive bet. june and Aug.
A nice two hour stroll to the top. A little warm above the tree line. Excellent views of the Tahoe Basin, Desolation Wilderness, and Fallen Leaf Lake.
Traversed from Dicks Peak, returning via the beautiful valley just west of Tallac (Tallac Lake, Snow Lake, etc). The hike along that ridge is kind of loose and sloggy in a couple of places, but the views at the top are great.
One of the better views in CA.
Great snowshoe hike! I really wish that I had brought my skis!
More fantastic route finding with D across the ridge from Dick’s Pass. Although we did see plenty of people in Desolation Wilderness over the weekend, there was only one other person at the top (and we had Dick’s Pass to ourselves for a lunch break). A wonderful peak to get a true feel for the immensity of Lake Tahoe.
Climbed with rgreen. Final summit ascent was up the east ridge of the summit bowl. Decended down the west ridge of summit bowl to saddle point and down through the NE gully. Time from summit to trail head was 1.5 hours. Outstanding views along the entire approach.
Started out on the Northeast Ridge route; made it to the bowl traversal that leads to the north of the summit; we saw we were directly east and there were some chutes leading up. Much suffering ensued, about 4 hours later finally made it out of the chute, and 6:54 total time saw the summit. The chute was high angle snow, which gave way to zero footing as we approached the rocks, technical climbing over the rock section (probably about 30 feet), with uncompacted snow over everything. Above the technical section, we were able to kick-step in the (less) steep snow up to the top of the ridge. Relatively easy walk up the bowl face from the east to the summit after that...
Started from Stanford Sierra club trail head. Joined Tallac trail near cathedral lake. Camped by Gilmore.
Trail the whole way. Chipmunks crawling on people's bodies mooching treats on summit. Views are spectacular, as was to be expected. Decended, and went home to South Shore. Ate steaks, drank beer.
Climbed this route for the third time with Jan. Some great patriot had put an american flag on top, which made for some great summit photos.
Beautiful clear day, very crowded on the trails and summit.
Pics here, Trip report forthcoming
Beautiful views of Desolation Wilderness.
Climbed with LJ, from Dicks Pass. Looking over from the pass, it looked long, but doable, and even fun. It was all of these! All X-country (at least until encountering the trail from Lake Gilmore), it was enjoyable, with some great views! Mostly class 2, with some fun 3rd class, & (the way we went at least- possibly avoidable) even a few moves of 4th class, staying exactly on the ridge. A ranger tried to dissuade us from doing the peak (said she'd prefer Dicks), that one just saw a bunch of subdevelopments. For those in the Lake Tahoe area for the 1st time, though, I'd imagine that it has to be one of the better places to view Lake Tahoe- breathtaking! Glad we didn't encounter any inclement weather- the next day there were storms, & it was apparent that the ridge would be a bad place place to be in that situation (way up high & loooong!). If you do this ridge & want to hook up with the Gilmore Lake trail, it is NOT as marked on the map (converging to the ridge directly)- it instead is a few hundred ft inwards until the final ~200'.
Climbed with Shannon. The route wasn't too steep and I didn't even use crampons, even though they would be helpful at the last 100 - 150 feet of steeper incline. We descended via the "X" (straight down from the summit) which was steep and exciting descend on snow and rock. The last section before joining the main trail involved quite a bit of bushwacking.
Nice day hike to bring kids or significant other. Carried a 3 year old in a 'kid-carrier' backpack. Great views of Lake Tahoe.