May 26, 2012

Lake Tahoe Under Snow

We were greeted with snow at Lake Tahoe. Who knew it could snow, and be so cold, in late May in California? Well, not us. The snow storm was due to start on Friday, so we decided to drive most of the way on Thursday, stopping for an overnight boondocking spot in the El Dorado National Forest, just outside of the town of Kyburz. It took a few tries to situate ourselves of the road properly, but it was well worth the quietness and the beauty that we woke up to the next morning.

Silver Fork Road, where we camped
Our parking spot off of Silver Fork Road
Friday early morning we drove the remaining 30 miles into South Lake Tahoe. The snow was just getting started, so it was not horribly scary, although certain parts of the pass were heart-catching as we couldn’t see past the railing, the valley was so white with snow. We parked at a local RV park with full hookups (electricity is your best friend when its cold outside…), and then set off to hike around Fallen Leaf Lake.

Driving into Lake Tahoe
We hiked the Angora Lake Trail and got some great pictures of the area lakes, with snow falling all around them. I finally got my hands on those huge pine cones that I’d only seen in pictures before! Chloe enjoyed herself, swimming in the alpine cold water.

Angora Lake Trail
View of Fallen Leaf Lake from the Angora Trail
HUGE pine cones
Chloe enjoying the water
Snow in the forest
To see more pictures of Lake Tahoe, click here.

Happy snowy lake hiking,


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