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10.83 mi • 2,487 ft aeg
THREE WATER CROSSING have been washed out/no longer exist. The 4th water crossing, which is the the Jones Creek crossing is bone dry.

After reaching the overlook & starting down the trail you'll come to:
1. Tributary crossing - see photos of what this use to look like & what it looks like now
2. Upper White's Creek crossing - photos show what this use to look like & what it looks like now.
3. Lower White's Creek crossing - I only have photos of what it use to look like. I forgot to take photos of what it looks like now.

You will need to be creative to cross all three.

I have photos of water in Church's Pond, thankfully it's still a pond
9.6 mi • 0 ft aeg
Sierra Canyon Discovery Genoa Canyon Loop
This loop hike is one I'm now planning to hike at least once a year for more reasons than I can think of. It so well maintained. Someone really knew what they were doing when they designed, engineered, & built this loop that includes something like 35 switchbacks, 18 going up & 20+ coming down.

NO WATER, NO RESTROOM, at either the Sierra Canyon Trailhead or the Genoa Canyon Trailhead

132 photos in this photoset.

I hiked this loop Counter Clockwise & began near the Sierra Canyon Trailhead. You might prefer to begin at the Genoa Canyon Trailhead, your choice whether to hike clockwise or counter clockwise.

0916 - I parked on the South Side of Centennial Dr & Snowshoe Lane intersection, Elevation-4,897' (N39° 00.836' W119° 50.720') & hiked .1 mile up Snowshoe Ln to Sierra Canyon Trailhead. BE RESPECTFUL OF PRIVATE PROPERTY on both sides of Snowshoe Ln which is a gravel road.

0920 - I arrived at Sierra Canyon Trailhead-Elevation: 4,971'; (N39° 00.834' W119° 50.844') & began hiking up the trail. .6 mile, I arrived at a Bridge crossing over a stream: Elevation: 5,233'; (N39° 00.985' W119° 51.077'), check out my bridge crossing photos.

0944 - Shortly past this water source you'll begin gaining elevation as you hike up & past 20 switchbacks for an elevation gain of 549', a distance of 1.3 miles.

1008 - You'll arrive at a trail sign pointing you to the Genoa Canyon Trailhead (see photo). From this point all the way to the Genoa Waterfall is actually the Discovery Trail.

1230 - I arrived at the Genoa Waterfall (see photos) after hiking 2.5 miles along the Discovery Trail. From this point on you'll be hiking the Genoa Canyon Trail

1327 - From the Waterfall I hiked 1.1 miles & arrived at the 1st of 22 switchbacks all heading downhill.

1445 - I reached the last of the 22 switchbacks after hiking 1.9 miles & losing 892' of elevation. WARNING SIGN - this section of trail is narrow, the downside slope is steep. There are numerous steel support structures (see photos) at switchbacks to hold soil in place.

1445 - I arrived at the Genoa Canyon Trailhead, .2 miles from the last of the switchbacks to the trailhead.

1544 - 1.2 miles of walking & I arrived back where I'd parked. From the Genoa Canyon Trailhead down Genoa Canyon gravel road till it connected with Carson St, a paved road that goes right through Genoa downtown. Continue on Carson Street to Centennial Drive, a gravel road, until I arrived where I'd parked.

When I said parts of this trail are narrow, you ought to consider watching this youtube video of a mountain bike rider riding down the switchbacks & the narrow part of this trail:
[ youtube video ]

Jeffrey Pine & White Fir Trees
4.6 mi • 1,746 ft aeg
Exploration and hiking time has been a little hard to come by in our new digs early on, but found a good one this weekend. I see the Virginia Range on my drive/bike ride to campus each day, and finally struck out to see what they had to offer. With Tanya and Lilah flying into Reno/Tahoe at noon, I knew Rincon and I could knock this out and pick them up on the way home. It was no trouble finding the start, and the route wastes no time in climbing. Car thermometer said 40 degrees at the start, but with the sun and the hill, it was shorts and t-shirt weather in no time. Slogged away until the ascent eased up, and it was easy and scenic walking from there. Nice views in all directions from up top, and since windless days seem to be rare around here, we stayed a bit and soaked it in. I'm still trying to learn the landmarks and summits in the region, of which there are no shortage. Instead of re-tracing our steps on the way back, went up and over Ophir Hill and down the steep road back to town. A few minutes from reaching the car, an air-raid siren went off, followed by cheering and a marching band - Virginia City was celebrating Veterans Day with a parade! Well, that could sure throw off an airport pickup off with closed roads and all, but not to fear, the route turned right near the car, so we descended and watched it for a bit before heading back to Reno/Tahoe. Can't say I've ever ended a hike like that before. Going to have to come back and check out Virginia City some more: some shades of Jerome and Bisbee there.
176 mi • 25,175 ft aeg
Since hiking the JMT in 2012 I really havent done much backpacking. But recently I have been increasingly interested in finding another long distance trail to hike. After doing some research, I settled on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).

I wasn't initially sure how much time I could get off of work, so I needed to find a trail that was short enough that I could finish within about 7-10 days, but still long enough that I felt challenged. The TRT comes in at about 170 miles, which felt like the perfect length. My goal was to see how light I could make my pack and how far I could travel every day- knowing that if I didn't finish in 7 days I still had a couple of extra days to finish.

The best part about the TRT is that it really doesnt take too much effort to plan the trip. I was able to fly into Reno and then hop on a shuttle straight to Tahoe City where I spent my first night in a motel and gathered my supplies. The next morning I just walked down the street and was on the trail in about 15 minutes. No need to drive for hours on end or worry about my car being broken into while parked at a trailhead for a week. Since the TRT circles Lake Tahoe, it is never very far from a major highway and passes through several towns/resorts along the way. This meant that I was able to resupply as I walked and didn't need to send packages ahead. And the best part- once I finished I was right back at the same trailhead I started from- no need to hitchhike back to the start!

Having now finished the TRT- I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do a long distance backpacking trip. The trail is only moderately difficult, and most people comfortable with multi-day backpacking trips should be able to do it. If anyone has any questions about planning a trip, I would be more than willing to help you out!

For the trip my base weight was 19 pounds. I also carried about 5 pounds of food and the capacity to carry 5 liters of water. So my total pack weight fluctuated between 20-35 pounds.

What follows are the mostly unedited entries I made in my journal along the way, enjoy:

Monday 8/24 1100 78 Degrees
On Trail. I hid my cache of clean clothes. Start of hike is a bit bland. I expected a bigger trailhead.

1700 75 Degrees Watson Lake 13.8 miles 7,7775'
Stopping for water. Already used all 4 liters I started with. Warm, dusty, and rocky today. Lots of hikers and bikers. Most people I talk to are section hiking the TRT. I will likely rest for an hour and drop to Brockway Summit. I may try to hit Marlette Camp Tomorrow if I make good mileage today and still feel good tomorrow.

2218 60 Degrees Lake View Picnic Rock above Brockway Summit 7770'
Met a thru hiker, Devin, at Watson Lake who is going clockwise from Echo- he started Friday. We chatted for a half hour and both decided to hike to Brockway. He left about 45 minutes ahead of me since I still had to filter water and cook. Dark since 2030. I think I passed him just before Brockway, but I don't know if it was his tent or not. Not many places to camp. I took the turnoff for the vista picnic area about a mile after Brockway and set up camp here. Nice view of the lake lit by the moon. Going to leave a sign for Devin at the junction now, then its bed time. I hope I didn't mess myself up today by overdoing it. Ended 9 miles past my initial goal!

Tuesday 8/25 0704 55 Degrees
All packed up and ready to go. I have just shy of 2 liters left, but I should be okay to Grey Lake. And that will make my initial climb easier.

The dirt here is amazing. Under 24 hours on trail and my legs are coated, despite wearing pants all day!

It got cool last night, but never cold. Slept a little, but was up most of the night (as usual). Wore long johns with a wool shirt and was good. I'm a little sore today, but not bad. No blisters. I need to do laundry and wash at Grey Lake. I left a sign for Devin on the spur trail marker to the viewpoint. Hopefully he arrives soon and we can get today's climbing out of the way. 2,500 feet or so to Mt. Rose, then a long downhill and flat stretches. I doubt I could hit the 33 miles needed for Marlette Camp, so I will likely dry camp just outside the Nevada State Park near mile 45.

1107 Mt. Baldy mile 27.6
Now in Nevada! I waited at the junction until 0830 but Devin didn't show. He is possibly still behind me, but he could be in front. Just under 1 liter left. Only saw 2 groups of day hikers coming down from Mt. Baldy today. No one saw Devin pass, so I told them to relay to him that I would wait 1 hour at Grey lake to get water. I can't believe its only been 24 hours and I am already in Nevada. The view of the lake is changing and it feels like I am actually accomplishing something.

1304 Grey Lake
Had Navigational Issues. Devin caught up. A local gave us directions to the lake. Plenty of water here.

2137 Mt. Rose Campground
Long day. Sprained my right ankle, but I feel better now. Today felt tougher than 20 miles. I am glad to be done with the highest peak. Easy day tomorrow. We got confused trying to find Grey Lake junction and were actually searching the trail a 1/2 mile short of where it actually was. A local hiker headed out way walked us to it, but he wouldn't stop talking. There was about a foot or so of water in the lake, nice place. I also stopped by Galena falls.

Wednesday 8/26 0627 55 degrees 8820'
Cloudy and windy. Slept well. Looks like it could rain, but weather forecast still shows no rain in sight. Clouds should clear in a couple of hours. High of only about 80 today. Legs are sore, but they should warm up as I walk.

0806 65 degrees
Left camp at 0745. I have a blister forming on my left foot between the ball of my foot and toes, so I put mole skin on it. Otherwise I am feeling good. I am waiting at the southern junction of the interpretive trail for Devin who took the scenic route. Skies are clearing. Nice breeze.

1447 70 degrees 58 miles 8276' Marlette Camp
Bathrooms, picnic tables, and pump water (w/ aluminum in it)! Long day so far. I will probably push to Spooner. We had clouds early, then the sun came out. Warm climb, but not bad. Christopher's Overlook was nice.

2110 60 degrees 69 trip miles Spooner Summit
Here since 1955. Quads hurt. Shoulders hurt. Body hurts. Think we did a marathon today. Walked down to check Spooner Lake for water. There is some, but you have to wade through 10 feet of mud. Bugs biting me, spooky trees around the lake shore. Not happy that I wasted 45 minutes walking to the lake and back. I have about 3.5-4L of water left. About 7 mile climb then some downhill to Kingsbury and my resupply. I will push across the highway and see where I end up. I just want to find a halfway decent camp. Tempted to stay at the Trailhead here, but its too noisy. I met TAZ the horse (and his owner) at Marlette Peak Camp today. They were marking the course of an upcoming horse race (which TAZ would not be participating in, he is just event staff). Also met a trail runner who is trying to do the TRT in 3-4 days. He was going from Mt. Rose Summit to Big meadow in 1 push!. He started at 1100 and was going to push through the night. My total ascent shows 12,361' so far!!!! No wonder I'm sore!

2213 70.7 miles
I pushed about a mile past the summit and found a flat clearing. I had issues finding the trail in the dark when I first crossed the highway. Exhausted. Goodnight.

Thursday 8/27 0624 45 degrees
Slept in wool top, regular pants, and beanie. no socks. Sore, but not nearly as bad as expected. Scratchy throat- probably dehydrated. Only 2 liters left. Last night I noticed when I am exhausted I breath to the tune of "the ants go marching one by one"

1439 80 degrees 86.2 miles Kingsbury Grade Market 7366' elevation
Have not seen Devin. Long trail. Started out ok, but body is sore. I made ok time, got here around 1330. Had a powerade, choco-taco, and burger from fox & hound. 2 thru hikers that started from Rose Summit left for Star Lake using the tramway shortcut when I arrived. I will head out the long way and push for Star Lake as well. Clouds are rolling in, hopefully the climb isn't bad.

1920 Mott Canyon 94.6 miles 8394'
Freaking tired. :(
Wanted to push on, but I don't know if I should

2032 Monument Pass 96.2 miles 8800'
I pushed on. Other spot was no good. Would have had to climb the next morning in sunlight. And I could have mistakenly gone down a dirt road towards Carson Valley. Also I just can't stop.
-My smart wool icon looks like a spider on my arm when I am tired
-Why are there so many ski lifts?
-Some ski lifts are on remote 4x4 roads, how do those get used in the winter?
-Just barely inside CA state line
-I hope power lines are not unhealthy
-I forgot to get drink mix!!!
-No more detours after today, everything should be on trail

Friday 8/28 0620 55 degrees
Windy and cold. I slept pretty good. Body is sore, but not as bad as expected. Gonna break down camp and get moving to warm up. I want to bathe and do laundry today.

0827 Star Lake
Sun is out. Feels good. Filtering, washing, then heading on.

1319 108 miles 9408' Close to Freel Meadow 75 degrees (nice breeze)
Just got passed by the two hikers that started from Mt. Rose Summit. This is their 4th day on the trail. They stayed at Star Lake last night and saw a bear somewhere between Monument Pass and Star Lake.

It feels weird being so far south of Lake Tahoe. I can see highway 89 and am having flashbacks to driving thru the area many years ago. Two mountain bikers gave me Black Cherry Gu Chomps at the last junction. They smelled like chocolate flavor, but were good. About a dozen members of a trail crew are working just north of Armstrong Pass. Hopefully I can get to showers lake tonight. Still no sign of Devin.

1644 Big Meadow TH
(no entry)

2114 Showers Lake 123 miles 8687'
Cool, but decent temp. Made it here just with water from Star Lake (stupid). Filtered water and grabbed a flat spot. There are oher people camping here. I accidentally walked up on another person in an REI bivy thinking it was an open spot. Easy 9 miles to echo tomorrow. I think I left the couple behind. I last saw them where the trail was dropping to big meadow, bummer- they were nice. And they were from Hood River! I still haven't seen Devin. He is likely far behind. I am hoping he will arrive while I resupply tomorrow so I can see him off. Hoping to make it over Dicks Pass tomorrow (2nd to last climb!)

Saturday 8/29 0636 54 degrees
Packed and ready to go. A mouse chewed through my dry bag and ate TP and oatmeal. No damage to the backpack that I can see. It figures it happens on the one night I move the pack away from where I sleep. Strong winds. Periods of calm followed by loud sound of wind approaching through the forest, then it hits hard. Gonna go warm up now. Hope to be at Echo around noon

1215 Echo Lake Chalet 135 miles 7437'
Here just about noon. I would have been here 15 sooner, but a female runner pointed me in the wrong direction, so I walked down the wrong road about a 1/4 mile.

1925 Camp @ Gilmore Lake Turnoff 146 miles 8311'
55 degrees. Mostly cloudy. Crazy windy. Left the chalet around 1300.

Back at journal. Did chores first. Still windy, but clouds have mostly cleared. Two girls in their 20s w/ day packs just passed by on their way to Dicks Pass. They said they were "slogging" it. I wonder if they are taking another way down on the other side of the pass?

Back at Echo Lakes an older guy names James gave me trail mix, TP, and Tuna. He came from Yosemite on the Tahoe/Yosemite trail, but he was collecting his resupply and ending his journey at Echo Lake.

It's now 20:13 and 2 males and a female trail runner just came down from the pass!

When I reached Aloha today the weather looked super bad. I was checking with everyone for their opinion. You could see the clouds envelope the peaks above the lake and it looked DARK. One southbound thru hiker told me she would recommend turning around and not heading towards the pass. Everyone else was more on the fence. One group of ladies told me the rangers were expecting wind gusts up to 65mph. That feels right. I still pushed on anyways, but decided to camp near Gilmore to save wear and tear (my feet are dead) and do some chores. Tomorrow should be interesting. I'm ready to finish.

Sunday 8/30 0500 50 degrees
Still dark. I slept ok. Windy all night, but I was in a good spot and warm enough. Clouds are back, moving over the trees super fast. Going to push for the pass and drop elevation. 2 backpackers just hiked up into Gilmore Lake. I didn't see the girls return last night, but I fell asleep pretty quickly.

0948 156 miles 7714'
Just past Phillips creek (its dry). Climb to the pass had me nervous this morning. Most of the sky was dark and ominous. Very high winds. Clouds scraping the tops of nearby peaks. I made the 2.9 miles from camp to the pass in 1 hour 5 minutes! The drop down the other side was just as windy to Fontanillis Lake, then I entered trees and its been good since. A light breeze here or there, but I can now just wear my hoodie. No need for multiple layers. Still mostly cloudy, but not nearly as thick as earlier. The sun dances in every once in a while. Mountains to the west (last I saw) were still covered in clouds.

That couple that walked to Gilmore this morning came back and asked me for directions to the 2nd lake. I walked back up with them and pointed out the path across the dam. Now that I am looking at the map I don't see another lake up there- just the path to Mt. Tallac, so I hope that is what they were looking for...

Haven't seen anyone in a couple hours. Now that I am passed the lakes most of the people are gone.

1721 Baker Pass TH 168 miles 7698'
Clear, light breeze. All clouds are long gone. Amazing such a bad looking storm can blow in and out. Lonely trail today. Met a father and son trying the TRT from Echo, but they are planning on stopping at Tahoe City. Leap Frogged with them for a bit, but last I saw them they were still stopped for water at Richardson Lake. My filter is busted. Also met a southbound thru hiker named Michael (aka Sailor). Says he aims for about 30 miles a day and that his feet stopped hurting when he was around 300 miles into the PCT. I'm going to push to the PCT/TRT split or just passed it. I should have an easy 10 or so back tomorrow.

2007 173 miles 8459' 50 degrees
Mostly clear skies. Light breeze. Just enough haze of clouds for a pretty sunset. Camped 100 yards before the PCT/TRT split.

No sprint service in camp (go figure). Can faintly see the rising moon in the distance through the trees and it looks blood red. Sooooo ready to be done. My feet look *nasty*. The toe nails are discolored, blisters on them, small toes on both feet are red and starting to ooze clear fluid.

I hope everyone I met doing the PCT, TRT, and Tahoe-Yosemite Trail made it. No word from Devin- hopefully I will hear from him when I get cell service.

Monday 8/31 0409 55 degrees
Packed and ready to go. Excited to get this over with and looking forward to taking a shower. It had been a long, tough journey, but the end is finally in sight!

0951 186 miles* (Once uploaded to the computer the mileage came out a little bit shorter)
FINISHED!! Grabbed a drink and chips from the Shell station, retrieved my stash of clean clothes, and got my picture take at the TH. Its all over! Finished on time, my cache is intact, and no permanent injuries (that I know of yet).

GPS shows 186 miles. Only saw 1 other backpacker breaking camp this morning and a runner when I reached the paved path along the Truckee river. It was freezing this morning in the valley along Ward Creek. Thermometer showed 35 degrees. Weird, because that was 20 degrees colder than my camp at 4am- yet I was 1000 feet lower in elevation at 6am!

Ants here are wicked fast! There are medium size ones that walk regular speed, then go turbo speed with no warning! I have never seen ants so quick!
30.54 mi • 6,440 ft aeg
This was my 3rd segment of the TRT. As usual, it was very beautiful, with lots of views of Lake Tahoe. There were no bugs, which was much different than my experience from Big Meadow to Echo Lake, which was full of mosquitoes. This segment is pretty dry, with the only available water at Star Lake, and a couple small streams right South of Star Lake (see my GPS route for waypoints of water sources). I hiked it with James. We did a side hike up to Freel Peak, which was really awesome. Quite a few people were hiking Freel Peak, and I met a fellow HAZ member (sgtoddball) at the top.
4 mi • 30 ft aeg
Snow hike!!!! Kicked my butt even though its flat!!!

Headed out to Spooner with most of the family, during picnic and kids naps I managed to sneak away.

So. Much. Snow. Nobody out on the loop but well worn even in the snow.

Returned to "base" to endure hours of high velocity sledding down a 45 foot hill, Whoo! Pretty sure I gave myself whiplash when I hit a few snow jumps haha

Great times out Tahoe way! Heading home tomorrow, will be nice to get back to shorts and tanktops, this cold and snow is fun to visit but I'm craving some cholla! :D
2 mi • 1,345 ft aeg
Decided to take the Orange and Green (our mtn bikes) out along the Flume Trail while we were in the area.
Damn inclines murdered me but I'll blame the extreme exhaustion from driving from Phx AZ to Tahoe NV in 12 hours and only sleeping 3 hours in the car... :D

Up up and away, i swear i almost died, the views were beautiful, the weather was perfect, i would suggest this ride or hike to ANYONE and everyone, only wish I could've gone farther just soo tired!

Vince and I did stumbled across a baby bear cub though!!! A mere 10 maybe 15 feet ahead of us on the trail, i slid to a halt with vince right behind me having no idea whhy i stopped and I managed to stammer out "B-b-bear" :sl:

The little cub stared at us all sorts of curious and ambled along on his way...where was Mama?! We slipped past the cub and rode on.
Lovely area, can't wait to go back and try again!

0.5 mi • 50 ft aeg
Stopped by on my way out to California for a wedding. Interesting, but the Petroglyph Butte rock art is both superior in quality and in terms of preservation. Obviously a fertility site.
The road branches just off the highway. The right branch says trailhead - this is for another series of trails that are not part of this hike. If you go, stick to the left towards the campground.
3 mi • 50 ft aeg
Part of our Oregon Trail Tale 2010 =>

Curious desert lake that reminds me of Mono Lake in California. See => and ... efing.html
28.2 mi • 3,245 ft aeg
Did plenty of hiking on this trip but I'm logging it as a 4 x 4 trip as it was the majority of the trip. All the talk in the media of the BLM rounding up many of the wild horses had me wanting to see more in the natural setting. I wasn't disappointed. See any you like in the photos? Perhaps you can adopt him or her at the Lost Dutchman Rodeo, this February in Apache Junction. Glad I did this yesterday, it snowed overnight. Today the peaks are white.

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