The trail continued all morning along the ridges with views of Lake Tahoe and hiked right through the Tahoe Ski Area. Had lunch on a rock ridge pass with views of the gondola and ski lifts, Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley. Down and back up I came to another long ridgeline as we came close to Tinkers Knob. Yup, another steep rock scramble with great views all around that I had to climb. Number two side hike today. Didn't find a register but there were lots of rock circles made on the summit.
I then hiked around the base of Anderson Peak on the PCT to search for the rumored Sierra Club Ski Hut. Almost gave up but I decided to drop my pack and climb a small rise to the base of the cliffs on the north side of the peak - Success! Benson hut will be my home for the night. But before starting dinner I just had to climb Anderson Peak - my third side hike of the day. While the summit looked so close it was a longer hike then I thought as you had to find a way around the cliffs by circling around the loose rocks under the cliffs and find a way up the loose steep rock. Nice hike with great views of the ridge and Tinker Knob from the summit. A metal Sierra Club register box was found on one of the several possible high points on the large rock summit cone. Another fantastic day!
|View from top of Twin Peaks|
|Twin Peaks in the Granite Chief Wilderness|
|Looking down at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe Ski Area|
|Top of Tinkers Knob|
|Benson Ski Hut and Anderson Peak|
|Anderson Peak Summit Register|
|Sunset from Benson Hut|