Photo Diary: Backpacking through the back country of Desolation Wilderness

We were young, wild, naive, adventure seekers.

To this day I love hiking and camping.  But then there is backpacking… where the two activities are combined, this I loved much less.

Below are the pictures of our first and only back packing trip, which was through Desolation Wilderness, federal protected lands located in the El Dorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin.

These rugged lands known as “Devil Valley” were used by the Washoe people and used for cattle grazing.

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We hiked for three days from Emerald Bay and the Eagle Lake Trailhead, passing  Lower Velma Lake and arriving at our first campsite at Dick’s Lake surrounded by granite rock.  Dick’s lake sits below Dick’s peak which is right smack dab in the middle of Desolation Wilderness.  The climb was difficult, and Dick’s lake was freezing.  Dick’s Peak is the 3rd highest summit in California’s Desolation Wilderness. We were so exhausted, I don’t think I even have a picture of the peak. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The next day traveled over Dick’s pass, notice the snowball fight we had on a glacier in July.  We traveled past several beautiful pristine alpine lakes, like Half Moon Lake and Suzie Lake.  There were wild flowers galore.  We camped at Lake Gilmore. I tried to catch some pictures of the eclipse that was taking place that night and in the early morning.

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The terrain was rugged, but these were Viable conditions for all of the lovely wild flowers covering this rocky mountainous terrain. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A bear visited our campsite while we slept. We were so exhausted, no one heard him, but he did put some serious gouges in our bear canister. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 3rd day we hiked past Glen Alpine Spring, which is this small waterfall and ended our three day adventure at Glen Alpine Trailhead.

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What adventures have challenged your limitations as this one did ours?

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23 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Backpacking through the back country of Desolation Wilderness

  1. Ours is a camping family, although we’ve never attempted anything like what you guys did. All I have to say is Bravo! Such a cool experience and the photos you took are as pretty as postcards. Do you print some off to put in frames? That way, whenever you’re having a bad day you can look at one and be happy? ps: Did it scare you that a bear came so close to your campsite? Yikes! x

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    • We made a small table book 📚 for this trip. It was quite memorable. It was so quiet, and picturesque every where you looked. I would have brought real food, we only brought freeze dried food for weight, but I could have carried a few more lbs of real food. We were so tired 😴 exhausted from the hiking and elevation that I never heard the bear 🐻 We have lots of bears in California so I’m sure I’ve camped with them a few times. No, I’m not too afraid of them. I probably should be.

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  2. That sounds like a great hike – although I’m a bit confused about the temperature: lakes were freezing, I see snow on the ground…and you guys are in little tank tops? Is it from the hiking that you don’t seem to get cold?
    I would certainly take a hike if I knew that a bear visited my camp site…

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    • Lol. Yes, it gets very cold in the winter months of desolation wilderness. We actually took this hike in July, in the summer. At night it was very cold, not freezing but in the low 40’s. The snow ❄️ was a glacier that had not completely melted. Most of the surface and terrain was granite rock.

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  3. it must be so nice to remember backpacking journey in such details, goes over all the photos, I loved the sleeping photo with the pink hat, looks like a great moment. I wish I could remember my traveling in such small details, I do miss being a backpacker or a mochileros as they used to call us in South America

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    • That water was freezing. Of course your hiking all day 6-8 hours because I was a turtle 🐢 hiker so I looked forward to a soak in the lake. That didn’t happen. That water was ice cold. I elected for the sponge bath.

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