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Trip Date:  05/26/2013

: 8.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2700'

Group Size: 4

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Mt. Tallac Route
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Mt. Tallac Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 55.294, W 120 04.094     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe.  Turn onto Highway 89 toward Emerald Bay, and head 4 miles north.  Turn left at Mt. Tallac Rd, and follow the road in to the trailhead.
Hazards of Note:   Rock scrambling and some exposed dropoffs near the top.. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to High.  This a popular trail into a couple of beautiful alpine lakes as well as to the top of the mountain.
General Notes:
From the parking area, start along the trail, passing by Floating Island and Cathedral Lakes on the way with very moderate elevation gain at this point.  Past Cathedral Lake is where the elevation gain begins in earnest, and you will climb significantly until you reach the peak.

Looking up at our destination for the hike Mt Tallac
My daughters and I at the Wilderness boundary. Daughters and I at the boundary
Along the early part of the trail above Fallen Leaf Lake. Along the early trail
Our rest stop at Floating Island Lake. Floating Island Lake
Looking up at Mt. Tallac above Floating Island Lake. Mt. Tallac above the lake
Three of us enjoying the stop at Floating Island Lake. Three of us at a rest stop
Cathedral Lake, just before the trail headed up, up, up. Cathedral Lake
Looking back down at Cathedral Lake as we started to climb. Cathedral Lake below
Heading up the tough section, which turned out to NOT be the trail. The trail ahead
More of our adventure up a difficult climbing section. More along the climb
Fallen Leaf Lake far below where we were climbing. Fallen Leaf Lake
One of my troopers ready to head back down the mountain. Where we ended up stopping to turn around
My other trooper with the same idea as the first. The other trooper
Three of our group after sliding down the difficult climb section. Sliding back down the climb section
Survivors of the adventure. Survivors
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike