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A nice walk, not much elevation gain. There was a beautiful view of the lake from atop a hill closer to the road. Not enough snow for snowshoeing but waterproof shoes are recommended. There were a few creek crossings. We saw quite a few dogs, a couple of people snowshoeing and one bikerider.

Great hike. Added the monument climb and got some great views. It was a little icy, but that’s this time of year.

As others have said the route up high meadows fire road is a “slog” unrelenting incline many portions without shade I hike this year round great snowshoeing in the wintertime. I like the ColdCreek route in the summer as it is more interesting and covered by trees

on Power Line Trail

trail running
2 months ago

Nice clear trail, just make sure you stay to your left when you enter. There’s a creek and a bit of a view of Lake Tahoe at the end, then walking back you see the lake most of the way.

Nice trail. I met a few people. It’s between easy and moderate. My dog handled the trail easily. There are nice spots with awesome views of the lake and Carson city at the same time.

Long slog up the hill to start and beautiful trail down. Ticked all the boxes for a great hike.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Good fun and fairly straightforward for most of it.

5 months ago

Not a great view of lake.

5 months ago

Great for mountain bikes. Uneventful hike. Catch a glimpse of South Lake Tahoe and the stream at the end is nice but otherwise I would prefer some better views. It's an easy hike if that's what you are looking for.

long hike...the payoff is not worth it.

Great hike, although I would probably take the same trail, the one on the right as you leave the trailhead parking area, back down, as it mirrors the creek. The trail on the right that completes the loop once you get to high meadow, is basically a Forrest Service road that only occasionally brings you into proximity of the creek. I was really amazed at the amount of water flowing down the creek this late in the year.

trail running
6 months ago

Well marked trail if you keep your head up and pay attention (apparently this was not my strong suit today so I got a couple extra miles in). Good technical footing practice for trail runners. If you're prone to rolling your ankles or clipping your toes, take it easy in some sections. There's nothing very steep so you can keep your rate of turn-over up. Nice frequent shifts in the trail to occupy your mind while you're running. Fairly shaded for hot days. It was nice to see free running dogs on the trail but there's on water source so pack in their water! There's enough usage that you're not completely secluded, but it's also not so heavily trafficked that you're stepping off trail frequently for bikes. Only real drawback for us was that you could hear the highway still.

What a great hike, loved going thru the forest with the different firs and pines. Ran into some snow and ice, but not that bad. Wild flowers on the lower elevations.

hiking
6 months ago

Tough 3 mile climb from tunnel creek but absolutely beautiful and breath taking views all the way to spooner and past Marlette. Bring lots of water on hot days, pack a snack and plan to take a dip in Marlette. One of my favourite trails in Tahoe.
Be careful on narrow path along cliff edges, MTB tend to ride like crazy people. Only room for one bike at a time. Me and my daughter almost got run over by some speed bikers on very narrow part overlooking sand harbor.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hiking, lots of shade especially in the morning. I found 99% dogs off leash as well as my own two dogs. So no need to be on leash if they don't roam. Bring water however. No water source on the trail and the dogs get hot! Gave strangers' dogs my water several times as the owners neglected to bring water. Poor dogs!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Some excellent views. Moderately challenging for a beginner. Also being that I'm not used to all the rocks or the altitude being from the Midwest. Only did half the loop and then cut back on the road because of bike rental time. But great ride overall. Probably will help me do well back home!

trail running
7 months ago

Was great not to hilly but fairly technical. Great trail to work on time.

I can't say a WHOLE lot about the trail, because my hike was cut short due to a run-in with a bear! My first encounter with a bear in the wild (outside of being at a very safe distance in Yellowstone). So, THAT was exciting! But about the trail, I will say this: High Meadows is a fire road trail, which isn't very exciting, so that's why I took the side dirt trail not far up from the trailhead. This side trail doesn't have a name on any map I can find but there was a marker at the fork. And about 3 minutes on that trail is when I spotted Yogi bear (I uploaded a photo here).

backpacking
7 months ago

I split my TRT thru-hike into two major sections. First half in June and second half in August. Both were bug free. I'd make sure, next time to pack extra water flavorings as Spooner Summit Lake water wasn't exactly flavorful. There is water off the trail in Friel Meadows, it will take a few extra minutes to reach. Take an extra day in Desolation Wilderness. I did it in a day. It's too awesome to bust out that fast. This is a great first thru-hike fir those wanting to get into LDH. It teaches resupply, resource management, and hike mileage strategy.
PS I thru-hike'd the AT several years ago.

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