a couple of weeks ago we took another trip up north to tahoe. the original purpose of this trip was for me to race the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler but another injury (shin – mid april, all of may, first 2 weeks of june with no running) kept me from toeing the line. since we already had the trip on our schedules we decided to still go up to hang out with our friends, make new ones, and get more time in the mountains.
every day was awesome and spent exploring places we’d never been before and every night was spent hanging out with friends and drinking good beer. it doesn’t get much better.
we made a last minute decision to leave wednesday night, as opposed to thursday morning, in order to spend some time in mammoth on our way up south tahoe. maggie had never been to mammoth and I had only been in the winter to snowboard. we drove until about 10pm wednesday night and then were up and back on the road first thing in the morning on thursday.
thursday: Duck Pass Trail to Duck Lake
i asked my friends for recommendations on where to run in mammoth and Jon and Sean both recommended running the Duck pass trail up to Duck lake and back. so that’s what we did. the views and the trails were unreal. the run was rad and what made it even better was cooling off and cleaning up in an ice cold creek after and then grabbing a delicious IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company before hitting the road for Tahoe.
Friday: Mt Tallac
On Friday we left our house in South lake Tahoe and made the 15 minute drive to the Mt Tallac Trailhead. we really didn’t know what we were getting into. i had done a bit of research online and knew it was one of the highest peaks in tahoe and that it was a fairly popular hike. the first mile or so was pretty runnable but then it was a steep, technical uphill grind to the summit. the views from the summit were definitely worth the hands-on-knees grinding though.
Saturday: Tahoe Rim Trail
Originally I had planned on racing the Tahoe Trail 100k mountain bike race but decided to bag it. I didn’t really check out the logistics of the race or how close it was to where we were staying until Friday morning. the race was at Northstar and was an hour drive from the house. I would have had to check in on Friday afternoon and then head back super early Saturday morning for the 7am start. That’s 4 hours in the truck to race a race I was just going to do for fun. so it was an easy call for me to bag it. instead maggie and I headed for the Van Sickle trail saturday morning which was only a quick 5 minute drive.
Maggie ran and I was on the bike. We climbed the 3+ miles until the Van Sickle trail intersected the Tahoe Rim Trail. we split up there and both headed north. I ended up getting almost to Spooner Summit and finished the day with over 4 hours on the bike on some the best trails i’ve ever been on. Maggie ran up to Castle Rock before heading back the way she came. killer day.
another good reason for not doing the race was being back in time to watch our friends finish the TRT 50 miler. Cam killed it with a huge PR.
Sunday: Marlette Lake Trail – Flume Trail – Tahoe Rim Trail
sunday, our last day in tahoe, we were up kinda early to knock out one more day on the trails. we headed back to the TRT start and finish area at spooner lake. from there we took the marlette lake trail up to marlette lake, headed north, and connected it to the flume trail. i hadn’t been on the flume trail since my last xterra nationals race in 2008. it was just as awesome as I remembered. we ran the entire flume trail and then headed up to the TRT again. we hit marlette peak and then bombed back down to the marlettle lake trail and then back to spooner. it was an epic run. it’s so beautiful out there.
Sunday night we all headed out for food and drinks. right as we got to the bar a gnarly thunderstorm rolled in that ended up knocking out power for hours. Kevin got a killer shot of lightning from the deck of the bar.
so another awesome trip with maggie and more incredible times on the trails… we have some more trips planned for later this summer and the fall…