A nice, long dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Barker Pass to Alpine Meadows, on the west side of Lake Tahoe in the Granite Chief Wilderness Area. The descent into Alpine Meadows Ski Area is via the Five Lakes Trail. We did a shuttle, leaving a car at the Five Lakes Trailhead and driving to Barker Pass via the Blackwood Canyon Rd.

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Lake Tahoe from the Pacific Crest Trail above Alpine Meadows.

One of the Five Lakes.




14.14 mi (5.67 mi uphill, 6.95 mi downhill, 1.44 mi flat)
~1800 ft total ascent (~2800 ft descent) – 11.3 % uphill grade, 21.8 % downhill grade
6:28:06 total time (5:30:00 moving, 0:58:06 stopped)
2.2 mph average speed, 2.7 mph moving average speed
14.159 difficulty, 29.369 effort