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City: Redondo Beach
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 8, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 9th, 2012
Start: Gilmore Lake Trail (Mile 1105.5)
End: Five Lakes Creek (Mile 1138.2)
Daily Distance: 32.7
Trip Distance: 2,521.2

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near Dicks Pass, looking SW

Sierras Day 22

Today was another day of fantastic views. Where I camped last night, one can take a side trail to Mt Tallac, which my guidebook says has the best views of Lake Tahoe. I really wanted to do the side trip, but just didn't have the time. I still have 50 miles to cover on this trip and I have a flight out of Reno on the 11th. I wanted to leave myself plenty of time to get to Reno, so I didn't do the side trip. The day started with a 1200 ft climb to Dicks Pass (9380) where the views were really nice, in seemingly every direction. I had a really cool experience this morning. I was hiking along the trail and noticed a marmot sitting on its hind legs just checking me out. So I stopped hiking and watched. It stayed there for a minute or 2 and then just wandered off. Then I noticed another marmot emerging from the rocks. It must have been the offspring of the marmot I was watching, because it was about 1/4 the size. It was so cute. I had never gotten a good look at a baby marmot before. I luckily was able to get a decent photo.

From there, the trail meandered up and down, around several lakes and eventually crossed Forest Road 3 at Barker Pass. This was a dirt road, and there was also a bathroom there. There was 1 other hiker there. It was suprising, but being so close to Lake Tahoe, I didn't see too many people today, maybe 10.

After Barker Pass, there were some great views of Lake Tahoe. That water is so blue. Next was a REALLY frustrating section of trail. It goes from one 8300 ft saddle to another 8300 ft saddle. In between, according to my guide book, the trail drops to 8000, then goes back up. However, what the book didn't say was that the trail actually drops another 300 ft before climbing back up. There were the typical interminable switchbacks on the way back up. I was grumbling to myself, but I quickly stopped when I reached the other saddle. I once again had nice views of the lake and could see that I was going to be on or near the crest for a few miles. The trail was on the back side of a ski resort and the scenery was spectacular. There were also good views to the west. However, as it was now late afternoon, the pictures weren't good in that direction. I was able to get in big miles today, so tomorrow, I only have 21 miles more to go. Almost done.

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