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Trip Date:  01/03/2020

: 6 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1000'

Group Size: 5
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Red Lake Peak Route
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Red Lake Peak Snow Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 41.803 W 119 59.492     End Coordinates:   Same as Starting Coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No
Parking Directions:   Take Highway 88 to the parking on the north side of the highway, about a quarter mile from the ranger station parking area across the highway and to the south.  Pay the day use fee (summer only) and find the trailhead just at the west end of the parking lot for the Meiss Meadow trail.
Hazards of Note:   Route finding, avalanche danger in the area when snow is heavy.

Crowd Factor:   Few changes of running into anyone on this trail other than any cross-country skiiers in the area.
General Notes:
From the parking area on the road, find the Meiss Meadow trail head and start a climb up to a saddle overlooking the Lake Valley to your north.  Doing this as a snowshoe, you will be able to just pick a good route up the mountain and not have to stay on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which will save you a couple of miles of hiking along the highway.  Aim to stay to the west side of the Red Lake Peak, waiting until you have a straight shot due east if  choosing to ascend to the top of the 10K'  peak.  

Two of our group, Annemiek and Mark getting ready to head out on our trek.
Starting out
Heading up the ridge which offers a stunning view of the Caraon Pass mountains in the distance.  The parking area to start from is seen just below.
Reaching the first rise

Heading up the ridge which offers a stunning view of the Carson Pass mountains in the distance.
Heading up from the trailhead

Looking back at Round Top Peak, the Sisters and 4th of July Peak from the trail.
Carson Pass

There is a lot of uphill on this snowshoe, but the views are worth every step. Continuing up the mountain

Making out way toward the peak by staying just to the west of the barren areas along the way.
Heading up
It's important to make sure that the trail doesn't cross snow that is too steep to avoid avalanche danger of any kind.
Blazing trail

Looking south the views are spectacular from this high up the mountain.

Having reached well over 9000' at this point, the ubiquitous Lake Tahoe makes an appearance to the north
Lake Tahoe appearance

Yours truly enjoying the brief stop at the Lake Tahoe viewpoint.
Yours truly 

Continuing to head upward with Round Top mountain in the background.
Always upward

GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike