Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Due to the holiday weekend, there were a ton of people out and about in Lake Tahoe. While I love to get out and enjoy many of the trails that Lake Tahoe has to offer, I wanted to go on a hike today yet I did not want to run into a bunch of tourists. Therefore I headed over to Diamond Peak, which is the local ski resort in Incline Village, NV.
I decided to hike up to the top of Crystal Express chair, which is at 8500 feet. It is a phenomenal workout, to say the least. I parked at the top parking lot that is closest to the base lodge. From the lodge I started the ascent up the mountain. I followed the trail that is directly under the Lodgepole Chairlift. Once I got to the top of the chair left, I veered to my right and took Freeway Run up until I hit Ridge Run. This is where the grueling climb begins. Head up Ridge Run until you get to the top of Crystal Express. I must warn you that this trail is extremely steep. It took me just under an hour to get from the base lodge to the top of Crystal Chair. It was a great hike for a great Memorial Day weekend!