nature trips


trail running


It is late October 28, 2017.
Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Trail / 12 miles

Late autumn, late fall mountain ... The last trek in October is the Twin Peaks from the Lake Tahoe area, Barker Pass. As Lake Tahoe gets closer, hwy 80 seems to run to the winter. cold.

We drove along the Lake Tahoe side to the Home wood ski area and took the road towards the Barker pass for 20 more minutes to get to the Trailhead. If you walk over 5 miles of beautiful PCT section, you will be able to reach Twin peaks. I have a hard time getting ready for a walk with cold air in the morning sunshine. As always, the way to go is always the same ...

Ah, the PCT section passing through the Lake Tahoe Basin is so touching, so impressive every time I come. Particularly, today 's section is very well connected except for the last summit, so you can walk without much burden, and you can have a wonderful view that you can take the fatigue of the mountain by the section.

After 5 miles of overlapping PCT and TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), it is a little less than a mile after a split into TRT at the crossroads, and a small pathway appears towards Twin peaks. Now it is full hill. The slope is not a joke. I admire the appearance of people climbing up a slope that is dizzying ... We are just climbing rocky mountains like them. The higher the altitude, the more the autumn sky the Lake Tahoe contains.

One side is a steep cliff, the other is a sharp cliff, where the two meet, and it is normal. It is possible to face a splendid view in that place, but enjoying that feeling is also a moment ... It may be the place where the desperation that the time of staying is too short maybe for us who have to go down. It was. I thought why I should not stay any longer. As soon as I came to the top, I was in a hurry to worry about going back. By the way, today ... Americans who have been in the tops of the world before us are taking their place for a long time after we went up and down. I was enjoying time at the top. Their appearance is not erased all the time. How precious is it? I had to go to the mountains to find a good place to stay for a while and enjoy the moment like eternity ^^

Lake Tahoe is tinted with golden light after a day when it is more meaningful to be able to hike with the sky and the stars. In the late afternoon sunshine, the maple leaves of the street trees sparkle and run on whispering paths. In the car running along the shore of the lake, music is played by the son who plays carefully. Lake says. Happiness is like this ...,

Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel!

Cool weather, nice weather for hiking! The trail is great, the PCT doesn't appoint us always:) Yeh, the length of trail is a little bit long... but it really worth it to get the top! At the top, there are amazing view ever. Enjoy you guys hiking before snow!

very nice hike.

Luckily, we had perfect weather--not a cloud in the sky and cool to start. Enjoyed the climb to the lakes where we stopped for lunch. Highly recommended.

Lots of diversity on the trail. Elevation gains not steep. You must take the time to get to Crag Lake it is beautiful. Best hike of our Tahoe experience

The trail is very close to the park camping site so you can hiking there when you go camping in the park. The trail is pretty flat with shade in the summer. Good trail. I like it.

Had a great time! Trail was well marked! Loved the lily pad pond at the end.

Beautiful hike. The trail starts with a nice mile of no elevation change for a warmup. Then its pretty much all uphill to the lakes. Its a good mix of exposed and covered. Also a good mixture of different types of areas. You have the dry rocky, the wet flowery, meadows, forest etc. Desolation is one of my favorite areas!

5 months ago

Nice mellow weekend backpacking trip. Set up camp at Crag Lake up the ridge overlooking the lake. A little thunder in the distance and a few drops of rain, but otherwise the weather was perfect.

This was a lovely first backpacking experience for my friends and me (August 5-6)! The hike to Crag Lake took us ~3 hours but the way back was more like 2 hours. A lot of the way there is uphill, but it was totally manageable, especially because it wasn't too hot on the day we were hiking there. Crag Lake is so beautiful and we pretty much had the place to ourselves! We found a beautiful spot to pitch our tent right on the lake. We enjoyed hiking a little further on the trail without our packs to come to Hidden Lake, which was also very serene. It wasn't quite hot enough that we wanted to swim in the lakes but if it was warmer we would've!

The parking lot at the trailhead is small, but there is plenty of street parking available!

A great workout with varied terrain and a mix of sun and shade. Swam in Lake Genevieve to cool off for the descent.

Awesome trail, lots of lakes and streams to cross along the way. Beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

Hiked this on July 1st weekend. Started around 9:20am and it took us about 3 and a half hours, with about 4-5 short breaks. Such a gorgeous hike! Rough going in because the incline is pretty intense, especially with 50 pound packs. Definitely wear bug spray because the first mile of the trail is pretty bad. This was our first backpacking trip and for people who are pretty athletic, it definitely tested our endurance. When we got our permits at Taylor's Creek Visitor center in South Lake, they told us the trail had lots of snow, but we saw maybe 2 patches of snow up to Crag Lake. Definitely take the hike to Stoney lake if you have time, it's about a mile to Stoney from Crag and definitely worth it. The hike back down was a lot easier. Plan on doing it again with a couple friends!

7 months ago

The positives are that it's a really good walk with some really nice scenery, and a lot of the trails you walk were used for cross country skiing events during the 1960 Winter Olympics. They are nicely marked with maps and placards. The negatives are that you walk adjacent to or through the camp grounds for about half the time, and the trail shown in this app is really only about 5 miles unless you walk the farther loop about 3 times. Overall well worth the trip though.

Backpacked in on 6/22/17 and stayed at Crag Lake. Trailhead was packed in the afternoon so we had to wait for someone to get done. Trailhead only fits about 8ish cars which is kind of nice because you won't have to deal with a crowded trail.

Parts of the beginning of the road to the trail was muddy so we had to walk around but there was a pretty clear off road path to follow.

Since it was still a bit wet it was difficult to find a good spot to camp. There was still a lot of snow about midway through Crag Lake. We didn't have a mosquito problem at the lakes but found a couple on us during the hike.

The river crossing was easy and the lakes were beautiful. I definitely recommend staying overnight if you can.

Fantastic hike to Crag Lake and back. Lot of mosquitoes on the way down in the evening but we also saw a large black bear just off the trail.

So gorgeous! I've never hiked this trail after such a wet winter but it adds a whole new character to it. Quite wet the first few miles but don't let that keep you away - there's a whole series of winding trails thru the forest to avoid the mucky. A little buggy but not too bad. Lots of snow before the lakes - 4 or 5 miles in - doable and pretty fun with hiking boots on. The streams are flowing like mad but still crossable, and the lake with ice is worth making it too. Highly recommend :)

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