Jake's Peak above us
Emerald Bay below us
Heavenly Ski Resort across the lake
That was what so fun about today's hike. We didn't see a single person during our hike. The weather was gorgeous, more like Autumn than Winter.
After we got back to where we parked, Paul saw an Incense Cedar a little up the hill that he absolutely had to check it out because it could be the largest Incense Cedar he'd ever seen. Then it was a nice surprise when we walked around to the back side. It was hollow with burnt out center.
Paul said when he was a ranger for the Forest Service, people used to ask him if the Incense Cedars are Sequoia. He also had people telling him they saw brown bears. He'd tell them we only have black bears around here, but the people would insist the bears were brown so they couldn't be black bears.
We also spotted some Sugar Pines. It used to be the most common trees here in Tahoe Basin until mid 1800's logging boom around Tahoe due to the discovery of Comstock mining at the nearby Virginia City. Sugar Pine was so excessively logged for mine shafts. It's now not that often one can spot Sugar Pines.