Posted by: ryanbailey03 | August 6, 2010

Tahoe Hiking: Brockway Summit to Watson Lake

This trail is either a 14 mile in-and-out hike or a 20 mile through hike to Tahoe City.  The trail is newly built and contains both smooth, hard-packed, rocky and technical sections. Two wildflowers are especially abundant in late June and early July: bright red snow plants and yellow mule’s-ears. Watson Lake is shallow, and therefore warms up faster than most lakes, which makes it great for swimming.  This hike is a great overnight hike and you will need to bring enough food for a breakfast, two lunches, and a dinner (for one night, two days).  Also, bring some type of water filter.  Water is usually not available on the trail during the late months of summer so make sure you have enough for the the 7 mile hike in.

This hike is moderately difficult and may take 3 to 5 hours to reach the lake depending on pace.  I have seen families doing this hike with children as young as 7 so bring the kids.  If you bring your dog make sure to pack enough water for them to drink on the first initial 7 mile leg.  Hiking to Watson you gain 2,100 feet in elevation so there are some good uphill portions which will make the hike back a little more forgiving. 

Directions: Take I-80 west to 267 (Northstar exit) drive to the top of Brockway Summit and Park on the right at the trail head and designated parking.  Enjoy

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