My 2006, 176 mile trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail offered numerous mountainous environments. One of my favorites is now the closest to where I live: The East Rim. It’s a desert/montane transition zone with both deep woods and open sagebrush offering some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, mile after mile. And, of course, a spectacular collection of wildflowers…and their friends!
Mt. Rose distant center. The Tahoe Rim Trail runs along the ridge to the left; Slide Mt. (Mt. Rose Ski Resort) to the right. Center(ish) at mid-ground is Marlette Peak.
Snow Valley Peak in the far distance. Nice views, a weather station…and deer!
Mt. Rose at the south entrance to the Mt. Rose Wilderness.
Friends on Snow Valley Peak…
Rubber Rabbit Brush
Lake Tahoe from the TRT. And the TRT along the ridge on the far side beyond the lake.
Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake. Marlette Lake is actually a reservoir built in the mid 1800’s to provide water to flumes that sent Tahoe Basin timber off toward the silver mines in Virginia City.
The East Rim of the Tahoe Basin with the Desolation Wilderness in the far distance beyond Lake Tahoe.