The price I pay for epic views on an exposed ridge is that my tent bashes me in the head all night because of the wind, which has uprooted the stakes on one side. It was totally worth it.
I pack up and walk a tiny bit to make coffee at the far more reasonable, sheltered sites among some trees, just ahead. (The ridge was still totally worth it.) I’ve only got 11.4 miles to go today, basically all of it downhill, but all I have left is chocolate snacks. I love me some chocolate, but I’m all about having a variety of salty, sweet, and tart snacks to shovel into my face as I walk. #hikerproblems
Side note: Mile 160.3 has a great campsite with a killer view of Lake Tahoe.
I’m nearing trailheads, so I see lots of day hikers and folks heading in for the weekend: two older, very happy backpackers and then two guys grimacing their way uphill, one with leather boat shoes tied to his pack.
It’s a long downhill plunge through forest and meadows and across streams and then on a dirt road along the outskirts of Tahoe City. At the last tenth of a mile I hit a construction detour around what I assume will eventually be a lovely path along the Truckee River but right now is mostly orange netting.
At 1pm I reach the trailhead and I’m finished! I’m dirty and smelly but triumphant.
Hike stats: 171 miles in ten days of hiking plus one zero day. All eight nights on trail were dry-camping, solo sites. No major gear failures. Lots of wildfire smoke.
Trail company: backpackers, day hikers, construction equipment
Lesson learned: Solo backpacking can be fun!
- Thursday, August 30, 2018
- 11.4 miles / ~ 700′ ascent, 2,800′ descent
- Mile 159.4 to Mile 170.8