TRT trail run 5.15.2016
Tahoe Rim Trail
Hey kids, let's hike the Tahoe Rim Trail.
On May 15, 2016, we hiked from the 64 acre park in Tahoe City to get on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
We came across a "rest stop" and were visited by a herd of dogs.
Carol and Zeus cross the bridge.
Zeus helps me across.
Donna, Cynthia, Andy and Lee-the TMCC Adventure club founders.
Our first marker
We followed the marker's advice.
If the signs aren't enough, the hoodoos told us to keep going down the trail.
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) It is only found in CA, NV and OR.
Snow plant is the unlikely relation of such shrubs as manzanita, madroño, laurel, and azalea
Snow plant has no chlorophyll; it derives nutrition from fungi underneath the soil, and for this reason the plant is called "mycotrophic".
This one is peeking out from some bark.
Orange Peel fungus, It grows from 6800 to 8000 feet in elevation.
We are on our way to Paige Meadows.
There was some pretty good uphill on the trail.
And there is still some snow left.
Manzanita in bloom
Carol poses by the snow patch.
A nice clearing
This is how far we've come so far.
The leaders of the pack stop for a photo.
And this is where we are going. Cynthia left her car at Ward Creek Road.
We start to get into the snowier parts of the trail.
Some of it is fairly deep.
Cynthia walks over the top of it.
Here's a pretty deep area.
We had to walk on this narrow ridge of snow.
We came across this hydrology marker.
And this sign telling you the coordinates.
Not sure about this one.
A boggy meadow
Andy consults his new GPS.
A tree fell aross the trail.
Some of us go over it and some around it.
And then there is more snow.
The streamers on the trees let us know we are still on the trail.
A sweet waterfall
This is our shower water this summer....snow melt.
Carol and Zeus check out the stream.
Zeus is looking for handouts.
I wonder if this is the same fallen tree we saw last time.
We came across this little bridge near Paige Meadows.
Cynthia wants to see what's on the other side.
We eye it suspiciously.
John braves the bridge.
He makes it back safely.
Steady as he goes.
I show them all how it's done.
We end up on the road to get to Cynthia's car.
Since we didn't follow the trail completely, our 5 mile hike was 6.75 miles. We were sure glad to see the car!
How are we all gonna fit in there? That's my fanny pack under my jacket.
We didn't have enough room in the car, so we packed Lee in the trunk.
Back at the 64 Acre parking lot, Andy and John toast to a good hike.
We headed to the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company for lunch.
The hikers celebrate.
Let me try this beer.
Yuck. I hate beer. Cynthia likes hers.
Lake Tahoe and a nice park were right across the street.
Somebody made this rock maze.
Looks like another one is getting started.
There is more water in the lake this year. And we need it!
The beautiful ending to a beautiful day.