If you didn’t already know – I love hiking! This past month I was able to knock off a hike on my bucket list and in a part of the U.S. I had yet to truly experience – the West Coast! I hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail in California/Nevada July 13-25. It took 3 resupplies, 12 blisters, lots of ice cream and one toenail falling off and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Each day provided views of immaculate glory and challenges I had only previously experienced on the East coast. Let me tell you, holy dry heat. I expected to consume a lot of water but I did not expect to need to carry so much with me. There were dry sections of over 20 miles and water sources you wouldn’t dream of touching. I always carry 3 liters but there were parts of the trail where I carried an extra gallon and a half and still only made it to dinner with just enough water to make a cup of hot cocoa/tea. It sounds gross but its mint tea. Trust me, it tastes great.
I used different gear than I did on my previous thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. My new gear included: Outdoor Tech Kodiak Power Bank, Goal Zero Nomad 13 Solar Charger for my phone/camera, Kelty TraiLogic SB 32 and a Platypus Gravity Works 2.0 water filter. I will provide a gear review on this new tech in subsequent posts.
California and Nevada terrain and views are very different from our home mountains in Virginia. I now can understand pushing through the heat for the west coast views. I have always admired anyone who pushes themselves beyond their mental and physical limit for the love of the outdoors. If you are looking for a challenging, state-side hike then consider the Tahoe Rim Trail. It took me 12 days with a group of friends. Next time I will see just how fast and how far I can go at it alone. Happy Trails.
A view on the Merrell Moab Mid Hiking Shoe: I used my Merrell Moab boots for hiking. I broke them in before taking them onto this trail and they made it the whole way. I will be replacing the insoles with new Merrell insoles but I recommend them to anyone on a budget who needs a mid-size waterproof boot. I did not wear gaters and not one night did I have a rock, piece of stick, or excessive amounts of dirt in my shoe. I think my high socks helped but I also believe the tongue of the shoe is fabricated to hold tight but comfortably against the ankle and it did just that. I loved the extra cushion around the ankle and did not receive any blisters or rubbing around that area. It’s all about that liner.
Day 1: Tahoe City to Walker Lake
Day 2: Walter Lake to Grey Lake
Day 3: Grey Lake to Ophir Creek
Day 4: Ophir Creek to Marlette Lake
Day 5: Marlette Lake to Spooner Lake Overlook
Day 6: Spooner Lake Overlook to South Lake Tahoe City
Zero day in South Lake Tahoe City
Day 7: South Lake Tahoe City to Star Lake
Day 8: Star Lake to Showers Lake
Day 9: Showers Lake to Aloha Lake
Day 10: Aloha Lake to Richardson Lake
11: Richardson Lake to Ward Campsite
Day 12: 7 miles from Ward Campsite to Tahoe City