We were supposed to do stand up paddling today, but due to high winds we postponed it to tomorrow, and I made the last-minute executive decision to move up our Mt. Tallac hike to today. As a result of the last minute change, we ended up starting our hike very late – 11AM, instead of the usual 7-8AM.
Mr. Tallac is a 10.1 mile out and back trail, with a 3,300 feet elevation gain to reach the summit at 9,738 feet. It took us 6.5 hours to hike the entire length (Joe stopped 40 minutes short of reaching the top, which was unfortunate because the reward of the hike was at the top).
At this point, we thought we were near the top, but someone informed us otherwise. It would take another hour of hiking to get up there from this point.
Of the 2 hikes we’ve done at Lake Tahoe, I’d have to say that Rubicon is stunning throughout, but the reward at the end of a tough Mt Tallac hike is unrivaled.