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Sierra Scrambler 30Route Climbed: Trail from Camp Sacramento Date Climbed: October 23, 2005  Sucess!

Sierra Scrambler 30

This was a tougher trail than I expected. Great views of Lovers Leap and Pyramid peak along the way. On the summit, an amazing view of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness. It was definently worth the trip.
Posted Oct 23, 2005 8:29 pm

mparkerRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 25, 2004  Sucess!


Good workout with not too many views for the first half but the end result is well worth it. On a clear day you can see Lake Aloha, Lake Tahoe, Echo Lake (Lower and Upper), and numerous lakes and peaks in the Desolation Wilderness region.
Posted Oct 13, 2005 1:31 am

ClimbingJunkieRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 31 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with my 11 year old son. Good day hike. A must for anyone who just wants a good workout and a view!!
Posted Aug 31, 2005 8:12 pm

Richard McJaggerRoute Climbed: Date Climbed: Summer 2003  Sucess!
From Lake of the Woods, on the trail along the ridge from the North.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 9:00 pm

DaveWillmottRoute Climbed: Horsetail Falls, Lake in Woods to Echo Lk trail. Date Climbed: Augst 7, 2005  Sucess!


A hot long day, a great hike with great scenery. We exited Camp Sacramento which makes for a great loop hike. Lunch at Lake in Woods with a cool swim was a welcome respite.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 12:34 pm

davis13Route Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Climbed with my wife, Amy, and our dog CJ. Found out Amy was deathly afraid of heights when we topped out on the rocks. Thought I was going to have to carry both of them back to the car. It was very hot that day.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 9:22 am

bbirtleRoute Climbed: From/To US Route 50 Date Climbed: Sept 26, 1999  Sucess!


Uncrowded, fine weather, fine view from the summit -- especially to the rugged wilderness to the North.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:02 pm

Dow WilliamsRoute Climbed: East Ridge and Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: 1990's  Sucess!

Dow Williams

Use to ascend in winter and summer when I lived in Incline Village. Horsetail Falls is my faviorite part about this whole area.

Mosquitos don't do well at Tahoe elevation, but for like 4 weeks, watch out up at these lakes. We camped along Lake Aloha and got nailed one year. I remember that like it was yesterday. Cheers!
Posted Jun 26, 2005 1:11 pm

Eric LRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: 23 Jan 2005  Sucess!

Eric L

It was a very warm sunny day with no wind at all. The views where really cool because Tahoe was completely covered in fog due to an inversion. The snow coverage was good and I used snow shoes all the way to the top.
Posted Jan 27, 2005 11:29 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Traverse from Echo Peak over to Talking Mtn/Becker Peak Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Fun hike/scramble/bushwhack around Echo Lakes: Flagpole Pk-Echo Pk-Ralston Pk-Talking Mtn-Becker Pk.
Posted Nov 18, 2004 9:25 pm

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: SW Ridge and E Ridge one time Date Climbed: Numerous times in the 1980s until present  Sucess!


For the least amount of effort, Ralston has one of the best views of Desolation, the Echo Lakes region and peaks to the south. Its wind-blown summit has sculptured some grotesque looking trees. I have climbed it dozens of times in the summer and snowshoed many times in the winter.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 10:36 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: Ralston Peak Trail Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2004  Sucess!


Nice peak with great views. I didn't know much about this peak other than the trailhead was off of US-50 and the summit trail was named after the peak. I was pleasantly surprised on my first, albeit unintentional, visit to the Desolation Wilderness.
Posted Aug 8, 2004 1:03 am

ScottySRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 15, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed up the East Ridge during a week of fieldwork in the Desolation area. Started from the Echo Lake parking lot and descended the NE rib to Ralston Lake and the PCT. Lots of class 3, and not a few tourists. No Juniperus occidentalis on the East Ridge!!! ^$%#^&!!!
Posted Jun 18, 2004 3:12 pm

chskierRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 13, 2004  Sucess!


The southwest ridge trail seems quite popular and was easily accessed from HWY 50 and made for a moderate half day hike. Funny how Ralston is such an unassuming peak but has such stunning views.
Posted Jun 13, 2004 9:04 pm

ed jamesRoute Climbed: Ralston Peak Trail Date Climbed: January 31, 2004  Sucess!

ed james

Great snowshoe ascent in the winter with fantastic views of Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe.
Posted Feb 28, 2004 4:37 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: January 25, 2003  Sucess!


Nice snowshoe trip with excellent views.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 3:16 am

Dave KRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: January, 2001  Sucess!

Dave K

Fun snowshoeing trip to the top!
Posted Nov 14, 2003 12:04 am

steelemanRoute Climbed: "Ralstonia" Bowl via Baldy, Traverse to Echo Peak Date Climbed: April 2003  Sucess!


Click here for the trip report.
Posted Nov 13, 2003 11:20 pm

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