I grew up snowboarding and skiing in Lake Tahoe. My dad used to toss me in the car in the early hours of the morning. I’d wake up practically on the slopes. Despite growing up so close by, I’d never been to Tahoe without snow on the ground.
I’d been hearing all these things about how gorgeous Tahoe is in the summer. Middle Velma Lake in Desolation Wilderness was my first pick.
Rattlesnake Ledge is a fun, short little hike with an elevation gain of 1,175 feet in a short 1.9 miles. The huffing and puffing all the way to the top is worth it though. The views of Rattlesnake Lake, Mt. Si, and the surrounding greenery is unbeatable.
The trail consists of steep switchbacks under the shady cover of tall evergreens. Even on hot days, the hike is not unbearable.
The hike from the Palomarin trailhead to Alamere Falls is one of my favorites in Point Reyes, if not the whole Bay Area. There are few places in the world where you can see a freshwater waterfall drop directly into the ocean.
It’s rated as moderate. Not too long, not too short, and you’ll be back in San Francisco just in time for dinner.