We were at the trailhead by 8 this morning with the intention of hiking along the Marlette Lake trail for a while then turning around. Marlette Lake is farther than we wanted to hike today, but we thought it would be nice to hike up through North Canyon for a different perspective from the ridge-line views we have been getting.
|We started at this beautiful meadow|
We also learned from this crew that the road is not just a service road for the park. It is also a biking trail in summer (hikers are welcome) and a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail in winter. That better explained the lodge and Spencer’s cabin with a stack of wood.
We were very surprised at the backcountry campground when we arrived. We have spent quite a lot of time in the backcountry and this was the nicest campsite we have seen. The sites were large with picnic tables, metal fire rings, food storage lockers, and all the cut firewood you would ever need (thanks to that work crew, I’m sure). There was even a standard issue regulation vault toilet. A trail from the campground led up the hill 1.2 miles to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
|View from the porch of Wildcat Cabin|
Our plan for tomorrow is a little sketchy right now. It depends on the weather forecast (if you can believe that).