May 17th, Saturday, we hit the road for Carson City, Nevada and stayed at the Comstock Country RV Resort for two nights. The next day, May 18th we drove in the jeep, (R BEAST), only a 30 minute drive to Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, it’s depth is 1,645 ft making it the second deepest lake in the US after Crater Lake, and it never freezes. It is known for its clear fresh water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. Lake Tahoe has a surface elevation of 6,225 ft, located along the border between CA and Nevada, west of Carson City. The drive around the lake was breathtaking with mountain vistas and panoramic lake views. We stopped for lunch in Tahoe City on the west side, called “Jakes on the Lake”.
We hiked around Spooner Lake, an alpine lake at 7,100 ft elevation, on our way back to Carson City. The 2-mile Spooner Lake Loop Trail is a well-maintained trail through meadows, pine and fir forest, and aspen groves. Spooner Lake is also a major trailhead for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians entering the back country, and the famous Flume Mountain Bike Trail. It was a beautiful short hike through the Jeffrey Pines. Patty spent time trying to find the biggest and best pine cone on the ground and came up with a beauty. It was nice to see Lake Tahoe in the summer, we have been here to ski the many famous ski resorts in the area.