We’ve been out a few more times in the past week. The weather has been so awesome, mid 70’s, sunshine and bright blue skies.
Truckee River Trail – This biking and walking trail begins in Tahoe City on the western edge of town. There’s a nice parking lot for trail users. The trail heads west, as you might guess, following the Truckee River. You pass the River Ranch Lodge and Alpine Meadows Road before crossing over the river and reaching a point where you can cross over Highway 89 into Squaw Valley. The path continues another 2.3 miles to the Squaw Valley Ski resort and village. Perfect place to stop for a snack before heading back.
Eagle Falls Trail – This is a really nice trail with lots of beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and of the Desolation Wilderness. We got started fairly early so there was no one else around when we started. As you can see in the photo above, early in the day, Eagle Lake is a mirror for the granite peaks on the other side. We had hiked to Eagle Lake before so we decided to take the longer trail to Velma Lake. You get a good work out since the trail is pretty much continuously uphill. We got to a point where it was difficult to tell the direction of the trail so we decided to turn back rather than risk getting lost. When we got back down to Eagle Lake there were more people starting to arrive.
Camp Richardson Bike Trail – Ok, so I don’t know if this is the official name for the trail but I’ll call it that. It’s a nice trail that follows the southern border of Lake Tahoe. There are several side trips you can take to Tahoe Keys, Camp Richardson, Pope Beach, Tallac Historic Site and Baldwin Beach.
Sky Terrace Sushi Bar – This is not an outdoor activity but this is our second trip to have sushi at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. They have a nice selection of Nigiri sushi and sushi rolls and they will continue making more for you until you say “stop”. The above is the Dragon Roll with unagi on the outside and tempura shrimp on the inside.
Tahoe Queen – One of the boats that provides tours of Lake Tahoe is the Tahoe Queen. We took advantage of the nice weather to go out on this boat. It is a paddle wheel boat that has been in operation since 1983. The captain provides a nice narrative that gives lots of great information about the lake and it’s history as well as geographical information on the mountains surrounding it. The 2 1/2 hour tour goes from South Lake Tahoe on the eastern shore across to Emerald Bay on the western shore.
On Tuesday, 9/25/2012, we’ll be heading back to Southern California for a few days before we leave for Hawaii on October 1 for 5 weeks on the island of Molokai.