Wilderness, June 2002
|It's hard to see on the map, but at the bottom, just above
the Highway 50 icon, Horsetail Falls is called out and was the
"trail" for our short 1-day in, 1-day out trip.
to Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, somewhere near the summit before descending
into the valley, you see a giant waterfall on the north side of the road
on an inside corner. It was
here that Henrik, Anne, Nathan, Paz (Nathanís dog), David and myself
started our trip. We
followed trails until they gave out and then climbed up the remainder of
the falls. With full packs
it was no small feat but a piece of cake compared to coming back down
the following day. At some
point during the climb we left David since he was on a day hike only.
we made it to the top and continued on until arriving at an area
predetermined by Henrik. Our
campsite was nice but I found a spectacular spot, flat and next to rocks
that dropped vertically into the lake, but alas, it was occupied.
We swam and threw sticks for Paz until his paws were raw from
scrambling on the granite. That
night I shared a tent with Nathan and to my surprise, Paz as well.
From the campsite, we went on a short day hike the following
morning before heading back down the waterfall.
Much of the ground was still covered in snow.
is a great trip, given how accessible the trailhead is and how dramatic
and beautiful the terrain is. If I could only remember how to get back to that perfect
|Going up the
falls are Casey, Nathan, and Anne from left to right.
We didnít hide any rocks in Nathanís pack this time but he
did bring fresh eggs of his own accord.
|On the left we have Anne, the falls, and a deep
blue sky. To the right we see Casey
and Paz going up the falls. Note
the "Golite Breeze" backpack, so small and light that hip
straps are not required.
about another picture of me, after all,
this is my website. Note the super cheap and light water bottle I
have, it came with Coke in it.
and Casey walk on a log in the flat area beyond the falls. There
wasn't much of a trail to follow up here, which was actually a pretty
dog has his day, but Paz doesnít really seem to appreciate the scenery.
and I explore a possible campsite while Henrik and Nathan watch from
above. I think that the
amazing campsite I found was down there, but since someone was already
set up we didnít want to intrude.
the second day we went on a short hike, mostly in the snow.
As you can tell by Anneís lack of sleeves though, it was
was the destination of our hike on the second day, Lake Aloha.
After relaxing here for a while we got our packs from the
campsite, hiked back down the waterfall and went home.
Letís go back!
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