Lake Tahoe July-Aug, 2016

Lake Tahoe from Picnic Rock – July 10, 2016

View of Lake Tahoe looking south from Picnic Rock (off the Tahoe Rim Trail). Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long by 12 mile across and an maximum of 1645ft deep. The lake is the 2nd deepest in the USA and the 11th in the world. The depth and the clear water provide the deep blue color – Img 58870 Picnicrock

Marsh Marigold – Tahoe Meadow – July 8, 2016

Found many Marsh Marigolds (caltha leptosepepala) in the wet areas of Tahoe Meadows near the Mt Rose Pass – Img 58791 Marshmarigold

Tahoe Meadow, July 8, 2016

View across the Tahoe Meadow with Elephant’s Head (pedicularis groenlandica) in the foreground. The petals of flower look like small pink elephant heads, trunks, ears, and all – Img 58827 Elephanthead Tahoemeadow

Spreading Phlox – Tahoe Meadow, July 8, 2016

This Spreading Phlox (phlox diffusa) is partly white and partly purple because as the flowers are pollinated, they change to purple. This is thought to help direct pollinators toward the flowers that need pollination – Img 58805 Spreadingphlox

Tahoe Meadows – July 8, 2016

View across Tahoe Meadows with Sierra Penstemon (penstemon heterodoxus) in the foreground – Img 58853 Meadowpenstemon

Page Meadow, Tahoe – July 11, 2016

In previous years, Page meadow was dry but this year it was wet from all the winters’ snow. Found different flowers because of the wet conditions – Img 58909 Pagemeadow

Blackwood Creek, July 11, 2016

Found this small waterfall on Blackwood creek near Barker Pass above Lake Tahoe – Img 59010 Blackwoodcreek

Lupine at Barker Pass, July 11, 2016

Not sure the varity of lupine (about 70 species in CA) but there was plenty this year – Img 59048 Barkerpassrd

Secret Cove, Lake Tahoe – July 13, 2016

A group of people on Kayaks visiting Secret Cove on the east shore of Lake Tahoe – Img 59132 Secretcove

Creek Beach, Lake Tahoe – July 13, 2016

We hiked down to Creek Beach on the east shore of Lake Tahoe and had it mostly to ourselves for a while before people started coming in for the day. There is a small creek coming into the lake on the south end that gives the beach it’s name – Img 59087 Creekbeach

Tahoe Rim Trail Workday – July 16, 2016

I (Randy) worked on the Chickadee Ridge reroute for the Tahoe Rim Trail. I helped a ground of experienced guys dislodge a boulder that was in the way of the new trail using a griphoist to pull the boulder out, then sledge hammers to break half of it up to fill the hole – Img 59133 1679i

Slender Penstemon – July 17, 2016

A line of Slender Penstemon (penstemon gracilentis) along the Tahoe Rim Trail -Img 59147 Trt Slenderpenstemon

Truckee Farmers Market, July 19, 2016

Karin was not the only person checking out the peaches at the Truckee Farmers market – Img 59297 Truckeefarmersmarket

Karin and Lupine near Winnemucca Lake, July 20, 2016

The wild flowers were really nice along the Pacific Coast Trail from Carson Pass and out to Winnemucca Lake and Round Top Lake – Img 59316 Winnemucca

Snow Near Round Top Lake – July 20, 2016

Randy checking out the snow on the way up to Round top Lake – Img 59364 Roundtop

Karin overlooking Winnemucca Lake – July 20, 2016

Karin taking a break overlooking Winnemucca Lake – Img 59498 Winnemucca

Karin and Flowers at Winnemucca – July 20, 2016

Many, many flowers around the streams out of Winnemucca Lake – Img 59511 Winnemucca

Western Blue Flax – July 22, 2016

Found this bee working the Western Blue Flax (linum lewisii) along the Tahoe Rim Trail from Mt Rose to Galena Falls. When we passed back through on the way out the flowers had all closed up. Img 59557 Westernblueflax Trt

Karin and Lupine, July 22, 2016

The Many Leaf Lupine (lupinus polyphyllus) blooming well on the trail to the meadow above Galena Falls off the Tahoe Rim trail – Img 59603 Galenafalls

Lower Echo Lake, July 25, 2015

We hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail along Lower and Upper Echo Lakes and then took a water taxi back. We had an ice cream at the general store at the south end of the lake and saw Mark and Allie, the British couple that we met on the other side of Lake Tahoe and had been backpacking on the Tahoe Rim Trail for 8 days. We helped them pick up a supply package that was at a Post Office about 10 miles away. Img 59684 Echolaketrt

Desolation Wilderness, July 27, 2016

For my quest to complete the entire 156 mile Tahoe Rim Trail, I completed the Barker Pass to Tahoe City segment this year (16.7 mile day hike this time – I now have 60 miles completed). This segment had minimal views of Lake Tahoe which was OK because the smoke from the Big Sur fires had created a thick haze over the lake. Instead, I had views of the mountains of the Desolation wilderness and the Granite Wilderness. Still a bit hazy – Img 59791 Desolationwilderness

Tahoe House Bakery, July 31, 2016

We did not hike all the time – Karin and I enjoyed eating croissants at the Tahoe House Bakery in the cool weather – Img 59930tahoehousebakery

Rubicon Trail – July 31, 2016

The hazy sky from the Big Sur fires as seen from the Rubicon trail on the west shore of Lake Tahoe – Img 59954 Rubicon

Creek Beach, Lake Tahoe, Aug 3, 2016

View down Creek Beach on Lake Tahoe. This beach is about a 2 mile hike but most of the visitors come in by boat. Almost no one there when we arrived but had 8 boat loads of people when we left – Img 60049 Creekbeach

Karin at Creek Beach, Aug 3, 2016

Img 60083 Creekbeach

Five Lakes, August 4, 2016

Our last Tahoe hike of the year was to Five Lakes near Squaw Valley. This trail climbs 1000 ft in 2.2 miles to a series of 5 small lakes – Img 60093 5lakes

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1 comment

  1. Oh that water is so beautiful & looks so refreshing. R u two doing any kayaking??? Now having taken advantage of your last year’s invite I can personally comment on how breath taking the scenery is up there & so cooooooolllll. Hope you both are having a fab time drinking red wine & eating chocolate yummmmm (“Secret Cove, Lake Tahoe – July 13, 2016” photo)


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