Top Trails Lake Tahoe
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
© 2015 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
We didn't go far on this trail. Too late in the day. But, we had trouble finding the trail head. The firehouse mentioned in the directions has moved. What made it confusing is there is a field with an obvious entrance, across from the new firehouse, which comes much sooner on the road than where it must have been when the directions were written. The field looks like a raw parking lot.
The instruction should say to just stay on the road to the registration building for the "Olympic Village Lodge." The trail starts at a small footbridge that crosses a small gully running along side the road.
After that, the directions were fine. I can't be a good judge of the trail, though, because, as I said, we didn't get very far.
Snowshoed this trail over labor day weekend with three friends. Weather was great, 6 inches of fresh snow two nights before. Started at 7:45 AM on Donner summit (Lake Mary rd.) and hiked up Mt. Judah, then along the ridge to Mt. Lincoln. Views and weather could not have been better. Follwed the ridge top SSE to Benson Hut. Very larger cornices on the eastern side of the ridge present. Snow pack still very deep. Took a 15 minute breather at the hut and climbed the face of Mt. Anderson. Ate lunch between Anderson and Tinker Knob. Continued on passed Tinkers Knob and down a bit into the valley to the east and then back up over a smaller ridge in squaw valley. Squaw creek was beatiful with lots of water flow, a few tricky crossings but none of us went for an icy swim. Hobbled back down to the car we left there the night before. Arrived 8:15 PM. Finshed off the trip to find our car with a dead battery. Oh welll. It was an amazing hike, can't wait to get back into the area. A Benson hut stay would be nice if you wanted to do some side hikes.
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