>Yesterday was a pretty amazing day. When my friend Dan told me they were heading out to do some backcountry at 8 AM from his house, I seriously doubted that I would wake up after the OK GO show to meet them. True to my prediction, I woke up at 7:47 AM and sent him a text that said, “Not organized enough to get there in time. Let me know next time.” He immediately called and clarified that by 8 AM he meant, meet at his house around 8, leisurely lay around and drink coffee while he made his world renown Eggs Benedict and leave for the yet-to-be-determined trailhead around 9:30. Yes please.
So I gathered all my stuff up really fast, leisurely laid around at Dan’s while he cooked us breakfast and we collectively decided to head out to Maggie’s Peak, which we decided would offer the best reward for the hike, best snow in the north bowl, and best views of Lake Tahoe on a crisp clear day. It was amazing.
We parked the car at the Emerald Bay / Inspiration Point trail head and there was about an hour and a half hike in. Most of the bottom half was pretty tame and it became considerably steeper towards the ridgeline of the saddle with a serious east wind blowing around. The peak offered amazing 360 degree views of the lake and Desolation Wilderness.
Dougie really wanted to drop into Treth’s chute, but we collectively decided that dropping into the north facing bowl and saddle of the peak would be a safer bet. While the snow was good, as soon as we hit the lower lake, we collectively decided that we really needed to hike back up to the peak and drop into the chute. So we did.
It got a little narrow and hairy in there at one point. It was wide enough to make turns all the way down except for one point with a really large ice bubble that was a little nerve wracking. Despite that section, which we all managed just fine, the snow was totally worth the curse words I was hearing in my head as we hiked up the ridge line a second time. It was steep, fun, and adventurous, but not too much.
The view looking up from the bottom from where we came. We cruised down the chute from the top of the peak just to the lookers right of that huge granite cliff band in the middle of the picture:
By the time we got out to the car it was already 4:00 and we were starving. Beer and burgers at The Getaway Cafe never tasted so good.