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Sep 04 2019
AZClaimjumper
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75 male
 Joined Nov 19 2012
 Reno, Nevada
Tamarack Peak LoopReno, NV
Reno, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2019
AZClaimjumper
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   1.31 mph
1,550 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
 
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Go to this website B4 hiking on this trail or any other trail beginning @ the Mt Rose Trailhead for accurate & current weather conditions: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks ... casts/3285.

My hike, by the numbers:
Mt Rose Trailhead = 8,737' elevation; N39° 18.769' W119° 53.850'
Tamarack Peak = 9,899' elevation; N39º 19.100' W119º 55.295'
Hike = 8.4 miles; Accumulated elevation gain 1,550'

3 Sep; I drank 24 oz of water B4 going to bed; I wanted to be fully hydrated for tomorrows hike

0430/4 Sep 2019; shut off my alarm clock & got out of bed. Ate a good breakfast of 2 eggs over easy, 2 strips of bacon, shoestring potatoes I cut fresh, smothered with my home-made sausage/Country gravy mix, a thin cut pork chop, coffee

0615; I'm out the door & driving to Mt Rose Trailhead. All during my drive I'm drinking 20 oz of water + french fry cut slices of Honeycrisp Apple. I want to be FULLY hydrated by the time I reach the trailhead. I normally am drinking 20-24 oz of water as I drive toward any trailhead.

0705; I'm starting my hike from the same Mt Rose Trailhead & will be hiking the same exact trail as the one I hiked back on 28 Aug from TH to 1/4 mile past Galena Waterfall.
I'm carrying just 35 oz of water + a recently purchased MSR Trailshot water filter (5 oz) which gives me the capability of adding filtered water into the bladder inside my backpack.
55º-60º when I started my hike; a very slight, gentle breeze. I'm wearing a long sleeve cotton T-Shirt & have already applied sunscreen & insect repellent on my face & neck. UV sunglasses & Sunvisor on my head, insulated gloves to protect the palms of my hands in case I fall + they keep my hands warm during the early part of my hike. The sun is just starting to shine on mountain peaks. My pack feels light because I'm carrying so little water instead of 70 oz or a little less than I've carried in the past.

0828/ 2.4 miles into the hike; I arrive, @Galena Waterfall, & find my first geocache right where it's supposed to be.

A few hundred feet on the trail past the waterfall I saw a young woman & a couple of kids near their tent who obviously had camped out. I spoke with the lady & asked her what they were using to filter/purify water during their campout. She told me they have the MSR miniworks EX water filter which is one of the best available. It purifies water as good some & better than most.

0844/9,083' elevation; approximately .3 mile past the Waterfall I come to the sign pointing me toward the trail heading UP & off The Mt Rose trail. Co ords: N39° 19.758' W119° 55.555'
It's a well-defined trail that takes me up above & past the top of Galena Waterfall. The trail is generally in a Southwest direction.

0910/9,303' elevation; I reach the Spring (9,280'; N39° 19.583' W119° 55.879') where I could add to my water supply if I needed to.

0925/9,383' elevation; I reach the trail intersect sign with the Tahoe Rim Trail & continue hiking South along the trail a short distance. Co ords: N39° 19.398' W119° 55.911'

0932/9,432' elevation; The trail I'm been hiking intersects with a road that runs from Mt Rose Trailhead all the way up to the Relay Tower. At this intersect I leave the trail & the road intersect & begin bushwhacking EASTWARD up toward a Tube with a View geocache. Co ords: N39° 19.334' W119° 55.934'

1005/9,722' elevation; I've bushwhacked in a generally Eastward direction approx .25 mile & 278' in elevation to reach a Tube with a View geocache, which I quickly find.

1101/9,855' elevation; I've been bushwhacking in a generally SE direction approx .32 miles, 163' gain in elevation from Tube with a View. I've now arrived at FTF Tag, High in Nevada geocache, which I quickly find.

1127/9,880' elevation; I reached Tamarack summit & the geocache after hiking an addition approx 40' in elevation in a generally SSE direction approximately .16 mile & quickly find FTF Tag, High in Nevada geocache. Take numerous photos from Tamarack Peak summit.

1155/ 9,880' elevation; I begin my generally SSW bushwhack down the side of the mountain until I intersect with the Relay Peak Road.

1215/9,286' elevation; I arrive @ Relay Tower Road after bushwhacking down to Relay Road approximately .5 mile & descending 622'. Co ords: N39° 18.938' W119° 55.741'

1324/8,737' elevation; I hike 2.2 miles along the road, total accumulated descent is approximately 600' in a generally SSE direction.

I take off my backpack, wander around for 10 minutes while the back of the T-shirt I'm wearing evaporates the sweat & enjoying Honeycrisp slices & drinking some water/electrolyte from a water bottle in my car.
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Jul 28 2011
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Tamarack Peak LoopReno, NV
Reno, NV
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2011
AZLOT69
Hiking6.75 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   3 Hrs      2.25 mph
1,550 ft AEG
 
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Several deep snow drifts to get around as the upper trails are starting to open up.
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Sep 16 2009
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Mt RoseReno, NV
Reno, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2009
AZLOT69
Hiking10.75 Miles 2,447 AEG
Hiking10.75 Miles   5 Hrs      2.15 mph
2,447 ft AEG
 
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A great late summer hike. It was not the best day for photos so I will have to return. Weather was changable, quick storm came up then cleared out and so did I. When I got back to the TH it looked awful at the peak and I saw so many people heading up there ill equipped.
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Jun 16 2008
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Tamarack Peak LoopReno, NV
Reno, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2008
AZLOT69
Hiking6.75 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking6.75 Miles   4 Hrs      1.69 mph
1,550 ft AEG
 
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The majority of the Tahoe Rim Trails are still officially closed. This section was open but the snow pack made for some difficult times. Route finding, normally a 3 was boosted to a 4.5 in sections and I lost the trail several times. If I had not done this trail in previous years I would have had to turn back. Crampons helped take the edge off. It was strange to meet a backcountry skier who just made a pass off Tamarack peak. All trails should be open by July 1.
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average hiking speed 1.85 mph

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