Mount Tallac is the most well-known summit in the Lake Tahoe area and has multiple approaches from various trailheads. I know that many locals run this peak for speed including myself. If anyone knows of well documented FKT times on any route, please share. I have completed it car to summit to car in 1h27m unofficially via the Lilly Lake parking lot "bench route". I will be re-attemting this route this spring with a gps on board and witnesses to officially document the trip. Thanks in advance for any info. -Ryan-
Hi everybody, my name is Jim McCaffrey and I'm going to attempt a winter ascent of Mt. Tallac tomorrow morning. There's a lot of snow above 6500 feet, I did a recon run around Fallen Leaf Lake to the Glen Alpine Trailhead. It's pretty solidly packed, I'm hoping it's passable. We will see...
I see only one ascent outside of the "usual" running months, done on Jan. 17th of 2012. Upon checking snow reports I see that the first major storm of that season came on Jan. 19th-24th. There's a few from November of 2014, but the first storm that season wasn't until December 2nd. The earliest run in any year looks like May 26th, 2012- that was a pretty snowy year but it was six weeks after the last snow.
So I'm going to assume that I'm the first true winter attempt at a FKT, if anyone has any info on this please let me know. I'll post my results tomorrow night.
...made it up 2.6 miles and to that ridge just before Cathedral Creek (at 8159 feet according to GPS) before some of the nastiest winds I've ever experienced literally knocked me down on all fours. Thought better of it so I turned around and aborted the ascent for some of the funnest downhill snow running this side of Nepal.
To quote Blues Traveler, "the mountains win again."