Desolation Wilderness (July 1)

Today was a really good day.  For one thing, I hiked by some really beautiful scenery today.  In the morning, I walked along Lake Aloha, which shimmered silver and looked beautifully desolate in the early morning dawn, with dead tree trunks sticking up out of it in places.  I appreciated both the beauty of the lake area, and the fact that the breeze coming up off the lake drove mosquitoes away, so I could sit and eat breakfast there.

Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness.

I passed by several tents along the lake, and saw many hikers throughout the day, because the PCT and Tahoe Rim Trail are one, for a 22 mile stretch in this section.  (The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165 mile loop around Lake Tahoe.)

I enjoyed talking to hikers throughout the day.  I met a mother and her young teen son, who are backpacking and might hike to Canada.  She said she’s been working overtime at Walmart for this trip, for a while.  She seemed pretty happy to be out here.

It was neat to hike up Dicks Pass for hours, and then look down on Lake Aloha way down below, and the distinctive whitish granite mountains in that area.  The view down the other side of Dicks Pass was also pretty.

Heather Lake and Lake Aloha visible from Dicks Peak. Pretty neat to look down and remember walking down there just this morning.

Half Moon Lake, I believe. From this spot, I saw two people swimming in this lake, way out to the middle. I was surprised- these lakes are often snow fed, and so cold!

After napping and eating a snack, I hiked throughout the afternoon and into evening, with a few breaks thrown in here and there.  I loved hiking under shadier trail today, compared to previous days.  Pretty forest flowers, pines.  Several lakes, some hiking over open granite.

I once again felt really content just hiking mostly alone through the woods today, listening to my audio book.  I know that several friends are ahead of me now, within a day’s hike if I pushed.  I think spending time with a group for a few days left me ready to enjoy peace and solitude again, just relaxing in my own company.

A really great day, peaceful, scenic, maybe hard to capture in words, but I just felt glad to be out here.


Another pretty view from way up high, looking down on Lake Aloha and either Heather Lake, or Susie Lake. Hard to keep perspective from this distance.

Near the summit of Dicks Peak.

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