Hat tip for this hike to republican president William McKinley, who established in 1899 the Tahoe Lake Forest Reserve that preceded the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit where we wander freely today.
Ann navigates to the attractive ridge she spotted yesterday, which in turn has nice views back to Round Top, west toward the hazy Sacramento valley, and north to Lake Tahoe.
We turn around at Showers Lake. I camped here on my 1996 Pacific Crest Trail hike, but it was snowy then and I hardly recognize it (and forget to take a picture this time too!). We hike back on the PCT through some thick flowers, crossing the upper Truckee river that feeds Lake Tahoe.