Fort Collins, CO
Pathfinder | 70 pts
I highly recommend the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail (Meeks Bay to Tallant Lakes)! It was longer than we novice hikers usually do (almost 17 miles in and out), but it didn’t seem overly difficult – partly because it was so motivating to keep going to see each of the 7 lakes along the way. Phenomenal and varied scenery, and especially beautiful with the autumn colors. We set up camp on the way up, close to the entry to the Desolation Wilderness Area (that way we also didn't need an overnight wilderness camping pass)– left a lot of the heavy gear there, so the hike was light and enjoyable. Made it back just as the sun was going down – and the temperatures were dropping rapidly. A memorable hike.