Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Donner Pass to Anderson Peak

I went out for a day trip run/hike a section of the PCT heading south from I-80, eventually making it to Anderson Peak.  The trail swaps between flatter sections and technical rock-strewn sections in this stretch, giving great views of Donner Lake, Tahoe National Forest, Donner and Castle Peaks, and passing by Mt Judah, Mt Lincoln, and alongside Anderson Peak, about where I turned back.  There’s great packed talus sections near here, just before a ridge that heads out to Tinker Knob.   I rolled my left ankle around mile 12, just after turning back, and speed hiked the rest of the way in, happy to have trekking poles with me to keep weight off of that foot.  I covered less distance than intended, since I was feeling more tired than expected around mile 10 and really wanted to make up enough time to stop for lobster rolls in Truckee.  Priorities.

Castle Peak at Sunrise.

Donner Lake

Donner Pass

Tahoe National Forest

Approaching Anderson Peak

Talus-Trail on Anderson Peak.  Not always stable.

Looking South toward Tinker Knob and Granite chief Wilderness