CS1087.2 to Echo Lake Resort (1087.2 to 1092.3) & a zero day in Tahoe
Daily miles: 5.1
I meet Rex today, and we’re going in to Tahoe for a day off tomorrow. My guide says Echo Lake is the end of the Sierra, so when I get back on trail it’s off to northern California. I had no rain through the entire section, although it did rain hard on one of my two off days, so I got lucky. Never saw a bear, but did see plenty of marmots. My feet were wet more often than they were dry; I got used to it. The best pass was Muir Pass for all the snow and rugged remote beauty, and then worst was Pinchot Pass, because I didnt like it and had no energy. Yosemite was nuts with people, and I skipped going in to the valley since I’ve been there and done that. The top three campsites (tie): Squaw Lake, just north of Silver Pass; Marjorie Lake, just north of Pinchot Pass; the legendary Marie Lake, just north of Selden Pass. Marie Lake was also my favorite spot when I hiked the JMT. Very special place.
Tahoe is a special place too though, albeit touristy. Great food, and an even greater environment. Alpine lakes are unique places, what with the beach-like setting with mountains and pines/firs everywhere you look. The beaches are even sandy.