Brief South Lake Tahoe

PCT 2018 Day 52, June 13, Wednesday.

Start campsites at mile 1073.2, go to 1090.6, accept a ride to South Lake Tahoe, resupply and eat a meal, get a ride back up

End mile 1091 5, tent-sized flat spot

Miles walked: 18.3

Climbing over the Elephant’s Back meant traversing more snow fields early in the morning. Tootsie Roll passes, planning on getting to South Lake Tahoe today. Other hikers I met are headed to the same place. I only just resupplied 3 or 4 days ago, so I do not feel the need for a hostel stay yet, but I do need a grocery for 5 days of food. Assuming I get to the road to get to town early enough that I can get back before dark and camp. For a while the way is along high meadow, flat os gently descending. In the distance I can just see Lake Tahoe, I think. Then snow and more snow. You must be tired of snow photos by now. The climb down to Echo Summit has plenty of snow, but also cool lichen-accented mountain-side. I meet FlipFlop, Enigma, and one other on the way down. I do get to town, get groceries at Raleys (free wifi) and make meals, then have breakfast food at Dennys (free wifi), take the bus back to the “Y’ intersection, and return to the trail, all in just a few short hours.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.