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.
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.
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.
The terrain was rugged, but these were Viable conditions for all of the lovely wild flowers covering this rocky mountainous terrain.
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. The 3rd day we hiked past Glen Alpine Spring, which is this small waterfall and ended our three day adventure at Glen Alpine Trailhead.
What adventures have challenged your limitations as this one did ours?
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