Memorial Weekend Hikes
If Labor Day means the end of summer, then Memorial Day must mean the start of summer and I am very behind on the blog! For Memorial Day Weekend, Xavier and I went to Eastern California for some snow hikes. The first day, we started with a warm up hike around some frozen lakes and I tried out snowshoes for the first time. I was a little disappointed with the lack of grippy-ness on inclines in soft snow (many near wipe outs). Otherwise, snowshoeing turned out to be not very different from hiking in boots.
Camping near Twin Lakes. (Post about the wildlife tomorrow.)
We woke up to a little winter wonderland.
The next day we attempted to summit San Joaquin Mountain. The hike normally has amazing views, but the weather that day was pretty rough and there was no visibility. Many factors resulted in us turning around, which could be summed up to: lack of time, lack of equipment, and poor weather conditions. The road to the trailhead was unplowed which lengthened our approach by two miles, cutting into our time. For some reason, we opted not to bring crampons resulting in some dicey moments. From where we turned around we could see where crampons would be needed. Lastly, the weather was terrible. Winds were blowing at 40mph causing me to have visions of me being blown off cornices like a little rag dog (how… fun.) and the last half of the hike visibility was terrible with the wind bringing snow and clouds onto the mountainside.
Xavier tried to get some shots of me looking bada$$, which wasn’t possible since I felt so pathetic.
We turned around at the last dry spot, at dead man’s pass.
For the last day, we headed to Tahoe for a snow hike up Rubicon Peak. This was a great hike without any need for snowshoes or crampons. There were amazing views of Lake Tahoe and, besides the occasional cross country skier, mostly empty. We followed the cross country ski tracks and paw prints most of the way up. I really enjoyed seeing when the canine bounded off only to quickly return to its companion. 🙂 I love dogs.