Desolation Wilderness: Horsetail Falls and Ropi Lake

Hike: Horsetail Falls and Ropi Lake
Where: Desolation Wilderness
Trailhead: Pyramid Creek
Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Length: 6 miles out and back
Gear: Icebreaker Women’s Tech T Lite T-Shirt, Arc’teryx Delta LT, Outdoor Research Onrush Cap, REI Flash 18 Pack,
REI Sahara Convertible Pants – Women’s
,
Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles – Pair
, and Ahnu Sugarpine Waterproof Boot
Cost of Parking: $5

Sometimes you plan on a really long day out. And sometimes those plans get cut short because you’re captivated by the beauty around you. That’s what happened to me this weekend. I set out to climb up Horsetail Falls into Desolation Wilderness backcountry and out to Lake Aloha, but I was cut short by Ropi Lake.

I started my adventure off at the Pyramid Creek trailhead off of Highway 50. From there, followed the Pyramid Creek trail to the Wilderness Boundary. The trail is unmaintained after the boundary, but as long as you follow the creek towards Horsetail Falls, you can’t really lose the falls.

Climbing up the falls is a little tricky; there isn’t a real route. Some people have left cairns to mark easy paths up but your mileage may vary. It was a hearty scramble up large boulders and slick granite faces that never seemed to end. But then it ended. From there, I meandered back until I hit Ropi Lake. I planned to head out to Aloha but was a little awestruck by Pyramid Peak looming over Ropi and dawdled for a good time before deciding to descend and save Aloha for another day.

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