If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that our family loves to hike. At first one might not realize how good it feels to take a walk in the woods. but after doing it so very many times, you become aware of just how powerful it can be. Hiking with our kids is one of our family’s greatest joys. I crave that time with my little tribe of 5 fiercely. It has helped that we got each of our three kids hiking as soon as they could walk. While there have been many short or painfully slow hikes over the years. We can all pretty much keep pace with one another. (Except my husband, we all agree he’s the slowest!) I like to get out in nature together as often as possible. Definitely easier in the non-school months, but we do plenty of hiking close to home too.
This is a ski mountain hike which means two things: the first is that it’s pretty much unmarked and second, more importantly, it’s steep! Most of the ‘trails’ are black diamond runs. While switchbacks are nonexistent, the trail does climb vertically pretty quickly. The trail is mostly loose dirt and rocks, but the summit at the lily pad covered lake is worth it. Not many hikers to be found on this trail which makes it a nice one midseason when other trails are quite busy. You can access this trail from the Homewood Ski Resort Parking lot or closer to the ‘trail head’ in the neighborhood just south of the main parking lot. We didn’t have a lot of time, on this day, but we’d love to continue up the trail to someday to Lake Louise at the top of Quail Peak. One thing you can be sure of at Homewood whether hiking or asking, are breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe.