All good things come to an end and the Oregon Coast was one of those things. We started to make our way inland into California. However, on the way out we couldn’t resist one more stop for a couple of more pics of the coast.
Our next stop was a few hours inland at a place called Trinity Aretes. This is a small crag I wanted to get some laps on. It sits near the top of a long drive up this mountain. We spent the afternoon getting some laps on some of the classics before getting back in the car for the long push to Lake Tahoe. Here are couple of pics from the afternoon.
We ended up arriving into Lake Tahoe late…….the latest we had ever arrived to a campsite, so we didn’t see much on the way in, and just crashed for the one night at Camp Shelly, which we had previously booked. Since we had only booked one night we needed to find a place to stay for the next few nights, so the next morning we woke early, and came up with a plan of trying to secure a campsite right away for the next few nights…….not an easy task being prime season! Luck was on our side and we drove into Bayview campground, which is one of the few first come first serve campgrounds and got a site…….our home the past few days!
Since it did not take us long to get a site, we decided to do a little exploring and maybe get a hike in. Here are a couple of pics from around Lake Tahoe……just beautiful!
We ended up going on a hike to Mt Judah and Donner Peak. It was a pretty cruisy hike with some great pics of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
The next morning we woke early to tackle one of the classic climbs in the area. The climb is called Bears Reach, and it is located on the crag called Lover’s Leap. This is one of the premier granite climbing areas in the Tahoe area. The climb Bears Reach became super famous from a youtube video of a famous climber called Dan Osmond he attempted the speed record for free soloing this route and got it, in a record time of………4 minutes!!!! For anyone who wants to check it out here is a link to to video….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy3SuhEQHVg
We also got in one more pitch on a harder mix route. A really cool route……a bit spicy, but cool!
It was good we got up early because the cliff face comes into the sun around 1pm. We finished up and got out of there before the heat settled in. The best part of climbing in the area when the heat does come……
The next morning we woke early so I could get another endurance day in. We hit up a cliff called Mayhem Cove which was right down the road form our campsite. The cliff has some cool granite features and I got in a great workout on the climbs. Though the sun started to bake us at 10am!
We spent the rest of the day checking out the rest of the lake. We drove into the Nevada side…….a little too busy for us around all those casinos! Then came back into the California side. Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous place, but unfortunately, being prime season, it gets a little too busy sometimes and too crowded to get around. We ended up heading to Squaw Valley to check it out. Really cool ski village, and in the near future could be a winter stop for us!
This morning we slept in, and then decided to get a hike in before breakfast. It turns out at the back of our campsite there is a trail that heads to Cascade Falls, so we decided to check it out. The falls weren’t gushing, but there was still some beautiful scenery back there…….and it was only 30 min from our campsite!
They weren’t flowing the way we had hoped, but still a awesome view!
The rest of our day is going to be spent doing the basics of road life……laundry, shopping, errands….blah! But, the reward is……we are off to Yosemite tomorrow!