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2001 Lake Tahoe Trip Report

Day 2 of 5

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Friday, July 20th
Five Lakes, Sand Harbor

We got up the next day and drove toward Alpine Meadows. Along the way, we encountered a bit of traffic in Tahoe City. We'd drive thru this traffic several times during the weekend. Driving up Highway 89, we saw dozens of rafters in the Truckee River. It was like a traffic jam in the river. Shortly we arrived near Alpine Meadows and started our hike to Five Lakes.

After the hike we went back to our cabin. While the others rested, I visited nearby Sand Harbor, about 15 minutes southeast along Highway 28. The mid-day sun worshippers had left, and after I paid the $6 for parking I found the place mostly deserted. There were people clustered in one area, where there was a rehearsal for the Shakespeare festival which was starting the next day.

Rocks at Sand Harbor

View from Sand Harbor

I walked the short boardwalk along the shore, stopping in one bouldered area to take photographs. The combination of water, rocks, sun, and sand create a photographer's paradise. I spent several minutes setting up different shots, and I could have stayed much longer if it hadn't been for the fact that I had to get back for dinner.

Boardwalk at Sand Harbor

Boardwalk at Sand Harbor

Kim and Liz, who would join us on the hike the next day, joined us for dinner. Originally, we'd planned to do mountain biking and/or rock climbing at North Star. But after doing the hike we decided we'd hike every day. So I spent much of the evening poring over my maps and guide books trying to find a suitable hike. My goal in structuring the hikes was to make them go gradually higher so that we would attempt Mount Rose, the highest of our hikes, on the last day, when we'd be most acclimatized.


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