Yesterday (7/18) I had a great Tahoe ride with Joe@MBD.com. He wanted to do a loop that included Dardanells Lake and that just happened to fit nicely as a short out and back addition to my usual Armstrong Pass loop. From Oneidas Road we climbed over Armstrong Pass, out to Scotts Lake, did an out and back on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) to Dardanells Lake, climbed up the TRT to Freel Meadows, and went back down Armstrong Pass. With a nasty hike-a-bike, seemingly endless climbing in warm temperatures, and having to stop and wait for me a lot, this ride is not for everyone. But Joe loves any kind of riding and he really enjoyed it.
I usually do an out and back to the Pacific Crest Trail, but the out and back to Dardanells Lake is a lot easier, and the Lake is quite beautiful. Anywhere along the route it was moist there were spectacular wildflower displays. As always, the climb from Hwy 89 at 7,200 ft. to Freel Meadows above 9,400 ft. was a killer. Joe is much faster than me so I told him to continue from the bottom of Armstrong down The Connecter, Corral and Powerline, where I met him in my car. The temperature was in the 30's at the start, but it warmed into the 90's on the big climb. Fortunately I suggested we take extra liquids and it paid off.
Colombians on a big US road trip.
Colombians and Joe on a big US road trip.
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