Day 3 Today we turned back, as this is an out-and-back trip. To keep things interesting, we decided to take the North Canyon Trail back to Marlette Peak Campground instead of the Tahoe Rim Trail. The North Canyon Trail follows a creek up to Marlette Lake, before turning and heading further up to the campground. The section of trail along the creek was the only area where we encountered significant bugs.
Packs disgorged at camp after a tiring day. The map said we were supposed to have travelled 14 miles. My GPS watch said we did 18 miles. The reality was that it was somewhere in between due to the fits-and-starts we had in the beginning stages where we wandered around trying to figure out where the trail went.