Most weekends, I had been doing two hikes with the dogs. My standard route is about 11 miles up into the Sierras, looping around Genoa. I had been eyeing a tough one, climbing up the Sierras to view Lake Tahoe and exiting at the Spooner Lake trailhead. I did the standard loop on Saturday and decided that this past Sunday would be the best opportunity this season to do this hike. I expected it would take about 8 hours (and it did).
Here is the map view:
Basically, I hiked the following:
- Our house at Genoa to
- Eagle Ridge trailhead to
- Sierra Canyon trail to
- Mt. Genoa road to
- Tahoe Rim Trail to
- Spooner Trailhead South.
Here are some statistics and map views of the hike in a clickable slideshow:
Here are three videos of the hike. These are some nice views:
Here is a picture slide show of the hike:
It was tough but sure fun to complete. The views were great, and the weather was nearly perfect. The only downside is that I decided not to take the dogs. Beckett has gotten a sore leg on hikes before, and I wasn’t sure how much water to carry to make sure they didn’t dehydrate, especially at altitude. So I gave them a bone and snuck out of the house without them. Unfortunately, Brandy figured it out, and Nancy recorded this video of her trying to call me:
This was pretty sad. I will take her next time for sure.