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Backpacking Lake Aloha June 2016a

Backpacking Lake Aloha

Backpacking Lake Aloha June 2016

I love birthdays. I love my birthday. I love other people’s birthdays. I love celebrating birthdays. I love birthday surprises. And most of all, I love birthday surprises that involve making awesome memories. My boyfriend officially crossed the threshold into his late twenties earlier this month. He’d never actually been backpacking before, so what better place to take him than Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness?

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Hiking Lower Echo Lake May 2016

Hiking Lower Echo Lake

Hiking Lower Echo Lake May 2016

Even with ski resorts closing their doors for the season and uncharacteristically warm weather in the Bay Area, winter is still very much alive and kicking in the Sierra. After a short day of wrestling pebbles and battling high winds on Hogsback, Josh and I called it quits and decided to go catch a sunset somewhere.

We always talk about sunset, but by the time the sun starts to go down, we’re maybe still stuck on a route, or bouldering stoke is high, or we’re in the midst of preparing dinner. We headed east on highway 50 with Lower Echo Lake in mind, something nice and easy that we could drive up to and relax at.

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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.

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