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Last chance for a hike in the mountains before the snow is too deep without snowshoes. We took the Tahoe Rim Trail from Spooner Summit on Hwy 50, then cross country up to Duane Bliss Peak. This 8660-ft peak has great open 360-degree views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley, and it’s only about 3.5 miles one way from the TRT trailhead. The only drawback is the very steep slope through the forest up from the TRT. All it needs is a good switch-backed trail to the summit.

Duane Bliss Peak is on the Tahoe OGUL peak list. 15 down, 48 to go.

Statistics:

6.90 mi (3.18 mi uphill, 2.84 mi downhill, 0.83 mi flat)
1700 ft total ascent – 15.8 % uphill grade, 117.6 % downhill grade
4:44:38 total time (3:45:55 moving, 0:58:43 stopped)
0:32:43 pace (1.8 mph average speed, 21.6 mph max speed)
15.3 difficulty, 25.6 effort