Hiking to the top of Mount Tallac takes the better part of a day for experienced hikers, which my wife and I are not. At Cathedral Lake, the trail turns steep for the assault on Tallac, so my plan was to hike just a short distance above the lake to enjoy the vista. That actually worked pretty well – we met another couple who was doing the same thing. So we took photos for each other and started back down. Overall we walked about 4 hours, gained about 1,300 feet in elevation, saw plenty of gorgeous, rugged mountain scenery, and had a wonderful view of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake. Even without the difficult climb to the top of Tallac, this is a satisfying and moderately difficult hike for recreational hikers who are reasonably fit.
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