Category ArchiveTahoe Rim Trail

03 Aug 2014 08:28 pm    Category: Tahoe Rim Trail    

Dardanelles Lake


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Hike to Dardanelles Lake in the Eldorado Naitonal Forest from the Big Meadow Trailhead on CA Hwy 89 west of Luther Pass. Trail starts on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

8.35 mi (3.48 mi uphill, 3.40 mi downhill, 1.45 mi flat)
1400 ft total ascent – 13.0 % uphill grade, 43.7 % downhill grade
4:13:32 total time (3:36:14 moving, 0:37:18 stopped)
0:25:53 pace (2.3 mph average speed, 18.7 mph max speed)
12.2 difficulty, 24.8 effort

12 Jul 2014 08:51 pm    Category: Tahoe Rim Trail    

Relay Peak via Tahoe Rim Trail

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Summer hike to Relay Peak from the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead on NV 431, via the Tahoe Rim Trail and Galena Falls (upper and lower) on ascent and the Relay Peak Rd on descent. Nice wildflower displays despite the dry year and low water flow at the falls. The trail was crowded as usual to lower Galena Falls, but then we met only a few people on the new T.R.T. trail to Relay Peak. On the way down from Relay Peak along the usually gated service road, we met a convoy of SUVs with well-dressed people headed to a wedding on the ridge.

10.50 mi (4.14 mi uphill, 4.85 mi downhill, 1.41 mi flat)
1800 ft total ascent – 11.9 % uphill grade, 29.3 % downhill grade
6:29:52 total time (4:49:35 moving, 1:40:17 stopped)
0:27:34 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 5.3 mph max speed)
13.2 difficulty, 24.9 effort



15 Jun 2014 09:56 pm    Category: Tahoe Rim Trail    

Martis Peak

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We intended to hike from Mt. Rose Hwy Summit to Relay Peak, but fled the cold wind up there to do this hike through sheltered forest. Followed the Tahoe Rim Trail from the Hwy 267 trailhead northeast, then the spur to the Martis Peak Lookout. Nice fields of mule ears along the trail. Took the paved Martis Peak Road for part of the return hike.


9.72 mi (4.21 mi uphill, 4.42 mi downhill, 1.00 mi flat)
1600 ft total ascent  – 12.5 % uphill grade, 201.2 % downhill grade
5:01:09 total time (4:03:17 moving, 0:57:52 stopped)
0:25:01 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 47.6 mph max speed)
14.6 difficulty, 30.8 effort



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