I was back in the Lake Tahoe region for another three days, primarily to
work on summits on the Nevada side of the lake. I stopped in the Lovers
Leap area off US50 in CA on my way to the lake in order to pick up a minor
summit I had left there. On my drive to Nevada afterwards, I picked up a
PCTer near Twin Bridges and shuttled him to South Lake Tahoe. It'd been
6-7 days since he'd last bathed and was pretty ripe, but left no lasting
mark on the Jeep. We had a fine conversation about life, working, not
working and the like before I dropped him off at the Safeway in town.
After the two summits in Nevada, I headed to Carson City to wait out the
heat of the day at a Starbucks. It was 83F lake side when I finished and
93F in Carson City. Whoo-boy...
This is a small granite ridge/dome between US50 and Lovers Leap. The Pony
Express Trail runs between the two features, making for the easiest
access. The trail can be picked up at the Lovers Leap Campground, but
it's $10 for day use parking. The spur road leading to the campground is
for No Parking
on either side. Instead, I parked before
this, on Strawberry Lane just past the junction with the spur road. There
is ample parking for 6-7 vehicles here, all legal-like. I then walked the
short distance up the spur road, through the campground and onto
The distance to the summit is less than a mile from where I parked and made for
an easy morning outing before it started getting warm. The trail follows up
, somewhat rocky. is easy,
thanks to the Caldor Fire, though it doesn't look like it was hard before that.
The slope is moderately steep and sandy, but fairly short. The rocky
looks something like the back of a wild
hog, thus the name. It makes for an easy hike/scramble along the ridge to
reach the highpoint at the northeast end. I reached the summit in less
than 30min, finding nice views of Lovers Leap to and the
American River drainage looking west and . Most of the area was
torched in the Caldor Fire last summit, save for the areas around the riverside
cabins that the firefighters managed to save. The of
Hogsback is quite steep - I suspect (but don't know) that there are established
climbing routes on that face. I dropped back down to via an
alternate route, then followed it back out. I paused at a large historical
boulder called to see if I could climb it. I could not.
There is a good start on , with some shelves that
get one around to and halfway up. There is then an 8-foot
vertical chimney that is class 4-5. My leg wasn't cooperating and I didn't
want to make it worse, so I didn't finish. Darn. It wasn't really
dangerous, just too strenuous for my left leg. On the hike back,
I heard only one set of climbers shouting commands to each other, but it
was still early. Other climbing parties were getting ready to start out
when I went back through the campground and parking lot.
This was the only summit on the day with any real prominence. Deadman
Point is found north of the private community of Glenbrook, west of
Spooner Summit. The peak and lands to the north are part of Toiyabe
National Forest. TRs on PB approach from the north off SR28 at the head
of Slaughterhouse Canyon, about 2mi each way. I decided to see if I
couldn't approach from the south, where it's only about 2/3mi from the
edge of Glenbrook. The trick here is getting access to the private
community. I pulled up to the entrance gate off US50 and asked the
young attendant if I could drive in for the purposes of hiking. He
don't mind if you do, but they do," as his eyes rolled
to the side to indicate the folks that live there. I then asked if I
could hike or ride a bike inside which prompted the reply, "I
can't stop you." I liked this guy. That was all I needed. I made a U-turn
and parked back out on US50 on on the west side.
I then pulled the bike parts out of the Jeep, reassembled them, grabbed my
gear and headed into Glenbrook. I waived to the attendant as I rode by.
The place is home to the historic Glenbrook Inn, a nine-hole
, a private , pier and harbor, and some
swanky homes. Living here
is not cheap. They don't like unwelcomed visitors, but everyone I passed as
I rode was friendly enough. I locked to
the start of the trail that runs north through Slaugtherhouse Canyon.
Deadman Point lies on the high ridge separating the canyon from Lake
Tahoe. I'd spent 15min riding the bike, then about 45min to make my way
up the summit of Deadman Point. , but no real
bushwhacking on .
From PB reports, I knew there were two summit blocks
about 1/3mi apart, each class 3-5, depending on the report. The
has some steel rods planted
that can be used as handholds to gain the summit. My leg didn't like the reachy
moves, so I didn't use them. Instead, I found a narrow ledge/rock on
that I could stand on to to
, no aide required. I found a nearby,
but it appears the benchmark that was on the top has been removed. Views to
are partially blocked by trees. I then made may way along the
connecting ridgeline to the northern summit. Btw, Marcus Sierra mentions that
the two points have different numbers of contours on the topo map - this is not
true - the south has just as many, but it's smaller and easy to miss. My GPSr
measured the two points to be within a foot or two of each other, so best to
visit both. The northern block was reported as difficult but with a tree that
helps. The tree is on , but it looked awkward. Instead,
I found two class 3 routes that worked nicely. The west side has the lowest
angle , but has lichen and one move that feels a little
insecure. The is steeper but has features and no lichen and
felt more secure. Neither felt like injury would result in
a fall - the block is only about 8ft high. I took a few more pictures
from the southern block, then dropped off the east side of the ridge.
was straightforward, no bushwhacking to return to
. The trail I landed on wasn't the old road that follows up
the canyon near the bottom (described by Dean Gaudet), but the two eventually
as I continued descending. I then followed the old road
back to , and to . I
was back by 1p, about two and a quarter hours for the whole outing.
I had originally planned to follow Bob Pickering's track from the northeast,
about a mile each way, but noticed that Shakespeare Point's summit
was only 1/3mi from where I parked for the previous peak. So after
back in the Jeep, I crossed
and went up
steep slopes, no bushwhacking, almost directly to the summit from the
west. I landed on the ridge between the two summit (yes, this one has two as
well), then to reach the class 2 summit rocks (much
smaller rocks than Deadman Point). It has a great view of Glenbrook to
, and the lake to .
are so-so due to trees.
I paid a visit to the
less-interesting south summit and then retreated back down the way I'd
come up. Just over an hour for the roundtrip effort.
It wasn't long after 2p, but it was too warm and I didn't feel like
climbing any more peaks in the heat. I had a 22mi day planned for
tomorrow, so I could use the extra rest. Off to Starbucks and some
Around 6p I decided to venture back out, primarily to drive back up to Spooner
Summit and then to White Hill where I planned to spend the night. I had used
the same spot a month ago, finding it one of the better ones I'd run across in
the Tahoe region. I whiled away the remaining daylight hours at the end of the
spur road overlooking Lake Tahoe. I had a shower, then Happy Hour, snacks,
dinner and a fine sunset. Just before I hit the sack I wandered the short
distance to the top of White Hill for some stat padding.