Hiking Stats as of 11/12/2019
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet

Jul 31, 2015 - Fannette Island Highpoint


Partners: Linda Morris

Distance: 5.67 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,114 feet

Trip Time: 3:19

Maps and Stats:
My Mom was visiting for a week, and we were up in Tahoe, doing the touristy thing. I can't really force any hiking onto her, so instead we focused on the less physically demanding options, which is how we decided on a trip to Vikingsholm. This being a hiking website, I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about that part, but it did involve a mile walk down a road, losing maybe 400 feet of elevation on the way. A small hike in itself. We did the tour of Vikingsholm which was fun, although most of the building was closed off. After the tour I somehow convinced Mom that we should go visit Fannette Island, since during the tour it was mentioned that the lady who owned Vikingsholm used to go to the island every day for tea. How could we pass on seeing such history?

Only thing is that there are no roads, no ferries, and no easy way to get over to the island without using your own power. So this resulted in us renting a kayak, at $35 not too bad for a one hour rental. They gave me a quick instructional on how to operate the kayak and how to steer and such with the paddle, and we were ready to go. We took off our shoes and socks and boarded the boat. I basically did all of the paddling (she did paddle a couple of times on the way back) and got us over to the island in perhaps 10-15 minutes. Once on the shore I pulled the kayak as far up as I could and we hopped into the water and made our way on to the island. It was an easy hike to the summit , taking no more than 10 minutes to get up to the top. The old structure had 360 degree views around Emerald Bay, and it was well worth the effort. It began to rain about this time, although the rain was refreshing, not too cold.

We had to be back in an hour, so we got back down to the kayak, and now that I was a seasoned pro it was easy going to get back. We then walked back up the road, with my taking the lead since I had parked the car an extra quarter mile up Highway 89. I got the car and met my Mom back at the TH.

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