This past July, Matt and I took off to South Lake Tahoe for a three day vacation. I couldn’t decide which camera to bring, so I brought both - digital & film. I ended up only shooting film, and it was well worth it! We typically wouldn’t head down to South Lake Tahoe since it is more touristy, but the places we wanted to go were down there. So we decided to cover both spots in this one trip.
Day One: We arrived to Tahoe and got settled into our hotel room for the next couple of days. We decided to take it easy since we had a lot of hiking planned for our trip. So we grabbed dinner, treated ourselves to some ice cream from The Baked Bear, and then watched Ready Player One as we snuggled up in our temporary bed.
Day Two: We grabbed some Starbucks and headed up to the Eagle Falls trailhead. Since we knew the parking lot got packed early, we woke up earlier than we would of liked to try and beat the traffic. A lot of online places say to get there by 10AM, we got there at 9AM and we barely lucked out finding a spot.
We hiked a total of 6 miles, 2 of which were to Eagle Lake. We were a bit ambitious and decided to try to hike to Velma lake, not knowing how far it was. Turns out, it’s a 9 mile round trip hike from the trailhead. We ended up getting to 8000 elevation before we turned around. Turns out that’s where the hike gets easy and is only 1.5 miles from where we stopped. So we hiked all the tough terrain for nothing, except to say I could do it.
Day Three: Another early morning to try and beat the rush. And while there was still parking spots left in the Vikingsholm lot, we were a couple minutes shy of getting to be one of the first to kayak. So while we waited for some kayaks to return, we spent an hour hiking around and enjoying a quick dip in the lake before heading to Fennet Island by Kayak. If you know me, you know that on our honeymoon I fell in love with kayaking and am always looking for the opportunity for us to partake in this activity.
We spent 2 hours on the water exploring around — including hiking up to the Tea House, where I sprained my ankle it turns out and I didn’t realize for 3 weeks after! Afterwards we hiked to Lower Eagle Falls and then up the 1 mile path back to our car. My calves were fatigued from the day before and started cramping up. This can be a bit of challenging walk back because of the grade, but if you’re in decent shape and didn’t wreck your body the day before hiking, you should be good.
So I want to know, where’s your favorite Tahoe spot?
Thank you as always to The Find Lab for the awesome scan work!