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rtgomez90High mileage peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2017


Hiked up from E Bank TH with a friend. 45+ miles in four days.
Posted Jul 13, 2017 11:56 pm

distressbarkHozomeen Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2015


Took the trail from Ross Lake past the junction with the Hozomeen Lake trail. Spent the next 3+ hours bushwhacking through downfall and brush up to Point 5967. Followed a faint booth path towards Desolation, and gained the summit ridge through a break in the north face cliffs. Intense smoke from nearby wildfires greatly obscured our view. More or less retraced our steps on the way down. 13 hours round-trip. A very long day, 10 hours or so spent in the trees. A bit disorienting at times!
Posted Aug 23, 2015 9:56 pm

quorraluxSecond Time's the Charm!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2015


Tried to hike up to the fire lookout a couple of years ago from Hozomeen but couldn't quite swing the full distance. This year we canoed in and stayed at Cat Island. Took our time and did Desolation as a day hike. Fantastic views up there, I can see why this trail is so popular!
Posted Aug 9, 2015 1:43 pm

SummitQueenDid it twice this summer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2010


Did it twice this summer with my students from North Cascades Wild. Wonderful - a great mix between elevation gain, views all around, and lots to learn from the fire lookout, Daniel, up there!
Posted Sep 11, 2010 4:52 am

gimpilatorA Great Opener For Summer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


The boat approach made this a unique hike. This peak might have the most scenic trail head I have ever seen. Also, I enjoyed the company of the group so much that I think it was my favorite part of the trip.
Posted Jun 13, 2010 11:07 pm

DundeelFar from Desolate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


Excellent views, weather, companions. WA P3k 17/52
Posted Jun 13, 2010 10:35 pm

RedwicUnbelievably Awesome Trip!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


As far as one-day trips go, I could not have envisioned or asked for anything much better than our experience...

The first awesome warm weather day of Spring, team-operated boat rides, trail walking, snowy ridge, a fire lookout, the most fantastic far-ranging views I have ever seen from one location in the North Cascades, and absolutely wonderful hiking/boating partners to share the experience with. One of the best experiences I have ever had in the Washington Cascades. Period.

Two of us then summited Mount Baring the following day, making the weekend have approximately 10,000' total elevation gain. Woohoo!
Posted Jun 13, 2010 10:08 pm

ericnoelDesolation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


Best hike of the year, so far...
Posted Jun 13, 2010 2:45 pm

jtelliscomplete solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2003


This is one of my all-time favorite hikes. I went up alone, and as it was still fairly early in summer, the lookout cabin was locked up. There was no one out hiking, no boats on Ross Lake, hardly anyone even at the floating cabins. With the exception of the flies, it was total solitude and silence at the peak...a really great memory.
Posted Dec 31, 2009 12:15 pm

ericwillhiteTwice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1993


Did the first time as a boy scout on a canoe trip on Ross Lake. Did the second time as a troop leader with my troop during a canoe outing. Maps and pics at http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/desolation_peak/ross_lake_034.htm
Posted Sep 3, 2009 4:24 am

setrentRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 20 September, 2004  Sucess!
Kayaked in from the north end of the lake. The lookout was already locked up, but we were rewarded with excellent views of the Hozomeen Peaks.
Posted Dec 23, 2005 12:49 am

cp0915Route Climbed: Date Climbed: Aug 2001  Sucess!


A beautiful mountain with wonderful views...Hozomeen to the north, Ross Lake to the west, Jack Mountain to the south...

I accessed the mountain via water taxi ($110), thereby shaving off a considerable amount of hiking. Still, the hike gained 4800 feet in 4 miles lake to summit. Worth every ounce of effort.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 9:58 am

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