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Klas Eklof
(klaseklof) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Desolation Wilderness, CA on 07/07/2008 19:09:18 MDT Print View

Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California.
July 4,5,6, 2008.

Long July 4th weekend vacation, just a relaxing trip to get out of town. Not pushing the boundaries of ultralight or ultramilage or ultraanything.
This was supposed to be my cool-down from running the Western States 100, which was cancelled last weekend due to fires. Instead I was fresh and itching to run.

Climbed from Twin Bridges (6,100’), up Horsetail Falls, and camped 2 nights at Toem Lake (7,650’). Clear and dry weather, low 40’s at night and high 80’s in the day.

Horsetail Falls from below:
A

The steep scramble next to the falls:
B

View over the falls:
C

Top of the falls:
D

Duo at Toem:
E


Special pictures, just for Dave T:

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Edited by klaseklof on 07/07/2008 19:24:57 MDT.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
klas / desolation. on 07/07/2008 19:27:57 MDT Print View

klas,

you're the man. i guess you answered my question about how much snow is the on east side of the crystal range. not much! and your hike looked great. big thanks for the photos!

i was hoping for enough to melt snow for water up high there, and there's enough for that. so if the smoke mellows out, i think i'm on it.

last time i was up there was june 16, 2006, and it looked like this. that was a big snow year - i did the SHR right after, and there was TONS of snow. good fun.

lake aloha

Edited by DaveT on 07/07/2008 19:36:59 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Stunning Photos on 07/08/2008 01:46:38 MDT Print View

Klas,

Thank you for posting those pictures.

Amazing blue sky with the granite.

-Tony

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Desolation Wilderness, CA on 07/08/2008 07:02:41 MDT Print View

Fantastic! Is the blue sky enhanced? Looks good.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Desolation Wilderness, CA on 07/08/2008 10:46:49 MDT Print View

Great photos and nice trip Klas, you really hit the weather perfectly!

After this week's brutal heat, most of those remaining snow patches will probably be gone as well.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
klas / desolation / bugs? on 07/08/2008 11:49:18 MDT Print View

hi klas...

one other things. what were the mosquitoes like over the 4th on your trip?

just wondering (for this weekend).

thanks!

Klas Eklof
(klaseklof) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
dave / desolation / bugs on 07/08/2008 14:09:16 MDT Print View

on a scale of 1 to 10,
where 1 = no bugs
and 10 = alaskan man-eater swarms of murder,
I'd rate the conditions last weekend to be a 3.

During the day, we brushed a few away but generally had very few problems and no protection or chemicals required, the light breeze seemsed to help too.
During the evenings, they were present and hungry.
One reason we took the Duo was for bug sanctuary.
If, for example, we had taken a tarp or bivy, a headnet would not have been weight wasted.

Have a great trip.

Edited by klaseklof on 07/08/2008 14:10:35 MDT.

Dylan Taylor
(nevadas) - F

Locale: California Coast
love that scramble... on 07/08/2008 15:15:26 MDT Print View

at the end of last fall i did that trip into dessy wilderness up through eagle falls. that is a fun route-- i thought it like a class 2 scramble at the crux. i did it solo and went astray a few times but ultimately made it up without any major problems. i posted a trip report back then:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=10354

its cool to note the major difference in the water level of lake aloha between late last fall and early summer (now). the water is obviously much higher now.

but i am surprised at the snowpack-- nothing! compare that with the other post of the southern cascades. its like night and day.

anyway, dave im up for that route you expressed interest in-- the death march or some such-- going over the peaks of the crystal range. let me know when you are going to do that and i will try to make it up for the trip.

im doing 100 miles on the tahoe rim trail in a week and half. thanks for the updates via pics on the trail conditions.

cant wait!