Riding the Rim Trail
The sky is cloudy and the temperature warm today
The Unofficial Alpine Meadows Ski Report
Produced by Andy Wertheim
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The sky is cloudy and the temperature warm today. We may get a thunderstorm or two over the weekend, at least that is what the weatherman is predicting. All this warm weather has raised the temperature of the water in the lake to something bearable. It is actually warm enough to dive into the lake and take a swim. Most hiking trails appear to be just about free of snow, with a few patches remaining in the highest elevations. (this is in the Tahoe area). There still may be a good amount of snow in the desolation wilderness.
If you love to fish in lakes, catch and release, then you might want to drop a line in Marlette Lake (near Spooner Summit). This is the lake we ride around when mountain biking the Flume Trail. For the first time in many years that lake is open for fishing. There should be some big trout waiting for your bait.
I road the Rim Trail yesterday between from Tahoe Meadows (south of the Mt. Rose Highway) to Tunnel Creek Road and then down to the old Ponderosa Ranch. This section of the trail is 9.5 miles plus a couple of miles down Tunnel Creek Road. The trail is free of snow and in very good condition with the exception of the normal loose, sandy soil on Tunnel Creek Rd.. You can only ride this section on EVEN days. Hiking is allowed on any day. Great views of the Lake and Carson Valley can be found along this trail that passes the top of the Diamond Peak Ski Area. A shuttle is required, unless you treat the ride as an out and back (18 or 19 miles to Tunnel Creek Road and back). There area a few technical granite stair steps to negotiate along the way, but most of the trail can be ridden with out much trouble. You might not want to try this ride if a thunderstorm is predicated, as it is high in elevation and exposed at times.
The Truckee River is still flowing at a low level, but people are rafting down from Tahoe City to River Ranch.
It looks like a nice weekend, barring rain or lightning, is one the way.
Enjoy your day. Andy