Monday September 23, 23.2mi/37.3km
Luther Pass Campground CA (87.3/7290ft) to Heavenly’s Galaxy Ski Lift NV (108.5/8087ft)
It was a warm night in the campground, and I had a relaxing breakfast, taking advantage of the amenities of picnic tables and privies.
It was another nice sunny day, though today was a bit more windy. I strolled along all morning thru alpine forests and meadows, and let my mind wander. I came to a junction, and while I really wanted to find out what “Mr Toads” is, I continued on the TRT.
Someone had fun with stickers at this junction too.
I crossed Freel Meadows, and then the wind really increased.
As I walked the ridge lines, it was fun to watch the clouds interact with the mountains.
A view of Lake Tahoe to the north:
And then, right when I was thinking about lunch, I found juniper trees! I love juniper trees.
They were like sentinels guarding the trail.
I ate lunch, saw my first hikers of the day, and then continued up to the junction with Freel Peak.
It’s only a mile side trip, and it’s the highest peak in the Carson Range, at 10,885ft/3318m. So why not?
Up, up, up, it was a tough climb. After 1100ft in a mile, I was on the summit.
There was a summit register and sign on top too.
The register was actually many small notebooks, all full. Darn. And I noticed the sticker for In-N-Out, and I dreamed about burgers and shakes.
It was cold on the summit, and there was heaps of wind, so I pushed on back down to mountain. I was pretty tired, but still had 9mi to go. Onward to Star Lake!
After a nice break at the lake, I enjoyed a warm afternoon of mostly flat walking. It was noticeably drier on this side of the mountains.
After awhile, I was walking on a ridge overlooking the Carson Valley, thousands of feet below.
A mile later, I came upon a huuuuge tree. I named it the Fuccillo tree, ha!
And soon after that, I crossed into Nevada. Goodbye California, I’ll be back in a couple of days.
I found a nice flat spot under a ski lift, and I setup there. Hanging a bear bag was easy!