I’ll be honest–I’m not a big fan of hiking. ESPECIALLY day hikes. But every now and then I will attempt one just for the challenge, but I will never repeat the same hike twice! So when I was in Tahoe with my family during Labor Day weekend, I came up with the genius idea to go on a day hike for some quality family bonding time. I was told the hike up to Mt. Tallac would be a challenging 9-mile round trip hike and after driving up to the base of the mountain the day before, a few 60+ year old hikers convinced my parents that they would be fine. So the next day, the four of us got to the base of the mountain at 8am with the goal of making it to the top by 12pm and then getting all the way back down by 3pm since we figured coming down would be easier.
I definitely underestimated the difficulty of this hike. An hour in and I was drenched in sweat (it was only 70 degrees, by the way). The first 2 miles were pretty easy, but after that, the trail literally turns to just piles of rocks. And it’s a never-ending climb UP. The unpaved trail made it really hard to navigate, and we found out that the original trail had recently been closed because someone had an accident, and the new “trail” was sort of a go-around alternative that was 1.5 miles longer each way. I won’t take you through all the details of the hike, but we didn’t get back down to the base of that mountain until 5pm. And there was no family bonding..ha…ha. By the time we were hiking down the mountain, we were all in a bad mood (hike took way longer than expected, being under the direct sun was getting unbearable, our legs were turning to jello, etc etc.) and started hiking by ourselves, one behind the other with a good 50m in between each person. So sad.
But anyway, that’s not the point of this post. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL, and so I’m here to share the views with you today without the pain of the actual hike. The pictures are all in chronological order so you can see the views from the bottom to the top. Hope you guys enjoy 🙂
Couldn’t walk properly for the next couple of days, but hey, it was quite the experience. And the views were amazing. Probably won’t be making this a family tradition anytime soon though. Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂