TRT day 3
June 4, 2015
142.7 mile marker at Grey Lake Junction
Last time I hiked this section to Tahoe Meadows we crossed paths with over 200 mountain bikers. This time…. 2. Today was not a weekend and not a bike day. Bikes are only allowed on odd numbered days. Plus rain was in the forecast.
Surprise! There is still lots of snow out here. To add to fun it started snowing as we climbed up towards Relay Peak. The umbrella helped immensely in keeping me warm. But I haven’t perfected the hands free mode (unlike Wired and Rockin’) and it was awkward hiking over snow with one hand holding 2 poles and the other holding the umbrella. Lucky for us the snow stopped once we got in the more exposed areas. And the thunder stopped too.
We were counting on a water source late in the day and then realized that it was off trail. The next source is 16 miles away. We weren’t excited about it but were willing to walk over a mile each way to get it and even camp down there. But then snow engulfed the trail. And it was threatening to rain again as predicted. Lucky for us, Rockin’ had a jetboil and plenty of fuel so we melted snow. We were incredibly lucky with the water content of the snow. A full pot of snow melted down to 3/4 of a pot of water.
We set up camp on the ridge somewhat protected by trees and it still hasn’t rained.
We have enough water for tomorrow. It is pretty darn cold up here but I am warm in my bag and tent. This might be my favorite campsite of the hike.