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birdheadRalston Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014

birdhead

Nice views of Pyramid! 2:33 round trip.
Posted Sep 6, 2014 10:17 am

Vic HansonDesolation Wilderness hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

Vic Hanson

Went up the Mt. Ralston Trail from Hwy 50, took the shortcut trail to the summit from the ridge, went down the regular trail towards the West, then down to the PCT and on to Lake Aloha. Returned the same way but stayed on the Ralston Trail back around the summit rather than over the top. 1:23 up to the summit, 5:37 total trip.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 2:16 am

cabRalston Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

cab

Last peak of a long day after doing a loop of Pyramid, Agassiz, and Price earlier.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:19 am

BenStone Summer Favorite  Sucess!

BenStone

I would do a run up every now and then after finishing work at the echo lake chalet in summer. Epic trail run!
Posted Feb 11, 2014 3:31 am

Lauk75Great day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2014
No need snowshoe anymore, only a few snow fields will wet your shoes.
Posted Jan 22, 2014 11:04 pm

trexkerrySnowshoeing Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2013
Went up the Ralston Trail, deeper snows above 8,000 feet made snowshoes a must. Actually a warm day, no jacket, only wore gloves on summit where winds were maybe 5 MPH. Ran out of Powerade on descent and ate some fine powdery snow to keep my mouth from feeling dry. Trip report here.
Posted Dec 15, 2013 1:28 am

bigbadgooBagged it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2013
Nice short trail to the top, was WINDY up there!
Posted Dec 9, 2013 1:25 am

AceSierraFrom Fitty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

AceSierra

From what I remember, the trail is junk in some spots. Wasn't the most fun hike I've done. Fantastic view of Desolation though.
Posted Aug 8, 2013 5:47 pm

ZeRalston Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2012

Ze

via Pyramid Peak and Lake Aloha
Posted Apr 23, 2013 9:54 pm

WayneFryEast Ridge (Winter Traverse)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2013

WayneFry

Climbed with a team of five from Echo Lakes. Very scenic and well worth the effort. A straight forward route that gets more interesting as you near Cup Lake and the ridge begins to narrow. Our descent route was off the NE ridge of Ralston and across the lakes.
Posted Mar 3, 2013 12:21 pm

soslawSW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2013

soslaw

Ski descent south bowl. Short approach makes this a popular peak for the backcountry ski crowd. Harvested a little corn down low.
Posted Jan 20, 2013 10:15 pm

Marmaduke2X  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Marmaduke

Hiked with my wife on the way to Lake of the Woods to camp. On our return she insisted the trail leading up the northwest ridge was the trail back to our car. As I told her it wasn't and there we were on Ralston again the next day, Oh well. It was worth it, I smiled for a long time until she asked me to stop.
Posted Aug 26, 2012 11:43 pm

Scott ArmstrongFrom Camp Sacramento  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2012

Scott Armstrong

Took the "death slog" south face trail from Camp Sacramento. Very steady, tiring climb. Was disappointed there wasn't a summit register but the views were fantastic.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 12:47 am

GMAN54Fall Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2011
Perfect fall day to hike. Fantastic panoramic view as always.
Posted Sep 18, 2011 8:00 pm

tyler4588Summer Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2011

tyler4588

We started from the Pyramid Creek trailhead, climbed Horsetail Falls, then up the face of the ridge from Lake of the Woods. Lake of the WOods was entirely frozen over, and the hike up the peak itself required snowshoes. Awesome views, lots of fun, sketchy snow bridges.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 8:17 pm

calipidderSpring hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2002

calipidder

Nice hike, trail clear at bottom, icy snowy slopes on the top. Used crampons last stretch for some simple traction.
Posted Feb 28, 2011 6:18 pm

lukenhamptonBeautiful Winter Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2011

lukenhampton

We were blessed with amazing weather and clear skies. It was a much easier climb than expected. We summited in a little over two hours. Beautiful views from the top with a cloudless sky. We could see a lot of the Coastal Range, even further south than Mt Diablo.
Posted Jan 23, 2011 10:54 pm

fedakRidge Traverse from Echo Chalet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010

fedak

Followed the use trail from the Echo Chalet backpacker lot to Becker Peak. Then followed the ridgeline from Becker to the start of the talus field past Talking Mountain. (Lots more boulder scrambling along the ridge than I was anticipating- but that was far preferable to the chaparral on the south slopes) Opted to swing south around Cup Lake before gaining the Ralston plateau. Returned via the PCT proper.

Pics and commentary are here.
Posted Aug 27, 2010 8:51 pm

IgooooorDropped our packs on the way up, lost them on the way down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Igooooor

Me and a buddy hiked in from 50 into the desolation and did the peak on the way out. We decided to leave our packs by the trail and just do a peak without them.

Well, on the way back we took a different way down and missed the trail our packs were on. This is easy in Deso since much of a trail is granite with only rock towers to mark the way. We were following random rock towers closer and closer down to the top of horse tail falls...

Eventually we found our trail and our packs but that was an exciting detour and a good lesson to not make the same mistake again. Next time I separate from my pack, I will make sure i know exactly how to find it.
Posted Aug 3, 2010 8:11 pm

winemanvanClimbed Many Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1973

winemanvan

This is one of the 1st Sierra Peaks I climbed. My friends and I climbed it and road our sleeping pads down the snowfield. Once in 1977 my friend and I were climbing toward the summit and we heard the rapid deceleration of an aircraft, then a crash. We were sure a plane had crashed into Desolation. When we hiked out a couple of days later, we learned that a Dentist had crashed his Cessna into the middle of Highway 50.
Posted Mar 16, 2010 10:53 am

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