I can’t even say when it stopped raining last night, but it rained a lot. Thankfully, it wasn’t windy and it made for a nice pattering on the tent and I slept hard. We awoke socked in a cloud and it didn’t lift all day…
On the elevation chart, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of elevation, but if you take a closer look you’ll see that there were a lot of ups and downs. It was in the mid 40s all day and with the damp mist and on again off again rain, we all wore our rain jackets and umbrellas most of the day. We LOVE the hands free setup on the umbrellas. Rockin’ posted a ‘how to’ on her umbrella strategy recently and I use one posted on Rambling Hemlock’s page. It made the day really enjoyable despite the conditions! Great for sun protection too. You can get these umbrellas online from various vendors including Gossamer Gear.
When we made it to the trailhead to complete our loop, there was a PCT thru hiker named Big Hunk there taking some time off trail to do some of the TRT with his girlfriend Karen. Coincidentally, he was also from Portland. It was great to take a start photo for them and we had someone there to take a finish photo for us. Love how those things work out!
We are now at Why Not’s house for a zero near Sacramento. Tomorrow, Rockin’ and I will drive to the Coast to meet Drop-N-Roll, LoveNote, and Rockin’s husband for the Lost Coast Trail. Then the Redwoods for a couple days before I head up to Portland for a week break before a brief hike on the Continental Divide Trail and then directly to the Great Divide Trail in Canada.
I will say that the Tahoe Rim Trail really impressed me! It is a great short trail to do with the full spectrum of challenge and scenic variety. I was surprised at the amount of variation we had and I know some of it is because we went early in the season. On a “normal” year, there would have been a lot more snow on the trail this early. Also, the early hike gave us some of those winter conditions we experienced with snowfall and more rain. We all thought it was great and it kept us on our toes the whole time. I was worried we’d be bored and this earlier hike gave us the solitude we wanted with the challenges we enjoy. Be aware that there are long water carries of ~15mi or more on the east side of the lake, so there’s a challenge for many backpackers. There are many trailheads around the lake, so there are also options for caching water or getting off if/when needed. I know many people take two weeks or more to do this trail and it’s a great thru hike to do. Highly recommended!