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Randy Pench

Barker Pass is one of the more accessible trails during prime Tahoe trekking season – roughly June through October. You drive seven miles on a winding road (starting 4.3 miles south of Tahoe City), the last half- mile being a dirt road. The parking lot is mere steps from the signed trailhead. You literally can get out of your car and go.

PHOTO CAPTION: Laura Menke of Silver Fork, left, and Fritz Heilbron of Sacramento pause to view the scenery along the Barker Pass-to-Twin Peaks hike. This route affords some spectacular views, including of Lake Tahoe, along with some challenging terrain to traverse. Take care with your hydration during this high-altitude trek.

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