Thursday, December 1, 2011

North Tahoe: Martis Peak Hike

Martis Peak Drive at 7,300 foot level, 11/28/11
The road to Martis Peak (road 16N92) is still open and ready for your 4 wheel drive travel.  There is some light snow on the road (melting every day) but no big deal.  The wife and I drove 1.3 miles to the fork in the road and parked.  The left (paved) road leads to the Martis Peak fire look-out station. The road to the right is a gated dirt road.  If you walk 100 yards on this dirt road you will see where the Tahoe Rim Trail crosses.  Walk to the right (South-West) and you'll end up on Hwy. 267.  We choose to walk to the left (North-East) for an out and back hike toward Martis Peak.

The trail is well marked, fairly flat, and only partially covered in snow. This section of the Rim Trail is lightly traveled and cell phone (AT&T) service is very spotty.  As you walk up-hill from the 7, 500 foot starting point, you begin to get views of the lake.  This trail is open to mountain bikes, but the snow would not lend to biking at this time.  You can walk all the way up and through the Mount Rose Wilderness area to Tahoe Meadows off Hwy. 431.  This would be about an 18 mile hike.  We just went out 70 minutes due to time constraints.  We got to 7,800 feet and were unhampered by the snow.  The beauty of this hike is the ability to do as much or as little as you like.  This is a good high country hike without any hassles.  We took our dobie  and she loved it.

Martis Peak Road (16N92) is located 1/2 mile North of Brockway summit on Hwy 267.  The GPS coordinates are: 
N39 16.027 by W120 04.278

 TRT tail map for this section.

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