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    michael campa saved Loch Leven Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    michael campa reviewed Pyramid Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    As you will read in most reviews, this is hard hike and not be taken lightly. If you desire to reach the peak, you better be ready to bear crawl up boulders and navigate rocky terrain. Back to the beginning; yes the start of the trail is hard to find but I will try to put it in my own words. Just as you enter the passing lane the 50 E. Bound, you will see the overhead chain control signs with a small dirt lot between Strawberry and Twin Bridges and that's where you will need to park. Cross the street at this point and walk about 500 yards traveling East on the 50. Keep looking for the trail marker, I have a picture of it loaded. You will notice one trail marker at the start and another slightly higher where begin you ascend. The Trail: Hard and steep, from the very beginning you are put to an approximate 1,500ft gain over the first mile. After that; there are parts where you get relief but you will still be gradually gaining elevation. The home stretch gets difficult again as you are taking a single track straight up to the pyramid. The pyramid: is no joke as it will require you to negotiate boulders as you climb, hope, and bear claw your way up a very, very windy summit. If you put in all the work to this point...enjoy the view. The reward is worth every step. We started our hike around 7am and I am glad we did because I would not want to fight the climb and the sun. I recommend carrying no less than 6L of water, but if you have a water purifying system, then you can refill at about the halfway point and only have to carry 3L at a time. Hiking sticks would be a good idea as long as you can strap them to your pack when climbing the pyramid. The only reason I rated this 4 stars is that they call out 6.3 miles; however I recorded 9.9miles on my Garmin watch (watch stopped recording the first hour which was an additional 2hrs) and my buddy recorded 11miles on his Fit-bit. I think this distance needs to re-evaluated. Still a great hike and worth the challenge.

    michael campa completed Pyramid Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    michael campa completed 13089049

    about 1 year ago

    michael campa completed Codfish Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    michael campa added Track - Apr 9 02:53 PM

    over 1 year ago

    michael campa saved Mount Tallac Trail

    about 2 years ago

    michael campa saved Mount Tallac Trail

    about 2 years ago

    michael campa saved Mount Tallac Trail

    about 2 years ago

    michael campa reviewed Mount Tallac Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This is a hard and strenuous hike. You will need approximately 5L of water and allow yourself 8 hours for the hike. There are some small snow patches that hide the trail, but that was just a minor inconvenience. The trail has changed due to erosion, or so I heard, and it is no longer 8.5 miles; anticipate closer to 10. I only recorded the return trip and logged 5.4 miles. It's recommended to arrive early; we arrived at 7am and the lot was full (it is the 4th of July weekend). Traffic was heavy but that didn't bother me
    much. All that being said, this is a great hike. Tons of views throughout, wild flowers and butterflies all about, and the view from the summit is amazing!

    michael campa saved Codfish Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    michael campa reviewed Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Tahoe City to Brockway Summit

    about 2 years ago

    This was the second section of the TRT we completed. As usual with the the TRT, the views are amazing and the hike is just majestic. We started this backpacking trip at Brockway Summit and hiked into Tahoe City with the intentions of having a nice meal and a beer afterwards. We found a great flat camping site, the only downside was we were far from water. Mid July most water sources were dried up and Watson Lake was the only reliable source at that time.

    michael campa reviewed Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit loop

    about 2 years ago

    This has been one of my favorite hikes along the Tahoe Rim Trail so far. We had one vehicle, but doing some research, I found that we can park at Echo Summit (Adventure Mt.) walk a short distance to the Hawley Grade Trail and make our way Upper Trucky Rd and access the Big Meadow Trail-head. It added a good amount of distance on our overnight but it was part of the adventure. Our goal was to make Showers Lake and camp out, but it was fairly crowded by the time we arrived. We pushed a couple more miles and found a clearing and some great solitude at one the higher points of this hike. I could not have asked for a better view to wake up to. There were still some snow patches, but not enough to slow us down and tons of streams, creeks, and lakes to keep us going. Do not miss out on seeing Neiss Cabin and take on all the hike has to offer.