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


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


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


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

littlefrantzFun ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2010


Fun chutes of north shoulder, and great bowls coming down to the lake.
Posted Jan 15, 2010 1:56 am

bryangastWindy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Easy getting up, got a bit lost coming down.
Posted Jan 7, 2010 11:34 pm

bc44caesarNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2010


Climbed Northwest Ridge from Haypress Meadows and skied the North Face from just below the summit rocks. One of the best ski descents I've done, and a great 3 day tour with Jeannie, Jason, and Scott!
Posted Jan 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Darren9great view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009


Great view from the top.
Posted Nov 7, 2009 3:30 am

AdamusMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2009
Second hike of the day after Little Pyramid.
Posted Jul 2, 2009 8:42 pm

fedakMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009


Beautiful clear day. Snow mostly gone on the trail except for a bit at the top of the ridge. Lillies sprouting but not in bloom yet.

Pics here: here.
Posted Jun 20, 2009 10:07 pm

NoonduelerStandard trail up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 1997


from the south
Posted Feb 5, 2009 12:39 am

JonodoRalston Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2008


Very nice, warm day for the end of October. Fall is definitely my favorite time in the Sierra. Headed over to Mt. Baldy and Cup Lake to check things out. There was some limited but decent climbing on the ridge between the peaks. Fun day.
Posted Oct 29, 2008 11:22 pm

Matt WorsterRalston Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

Matt Worster

Nice little outing from the Bay Area.
Posted Aug 7, 2008 3:33 pm

steve_hiebertSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2005


We climbed up Ralston via south slopes starting from the Sayles Flat trailhead.
Posted Jun 5, 2008 2:04 pm

danman3156Good Ski Decent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2008


Skiied a few times this winter from highway 50. A great run.
Posted Apr 17, 2008 10:02 pm

snowflakeFrom Echo Lake  Sucess!


A fun ski
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:41 pm

requiemRidge route from Echo Chalet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2008


same as squishy. if you gain the ridge and stay on it right after Becker Pk you're rewarded with many mini bouldering problems along the way. makes the going slower but it sure beats bushwhacking and slogging!
Posted Mar 13, 2008 5:36 pm

Stu BrandelDesolation Refutation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 1992

Stu Brandel

The hike from Camp Sacramento was steady uphill but worth it with a Summit view of Desolation (anything but) Wilderness that made me sad I wasn't going further.
Posted Dec 17, 2007 8:10 pm

tombcroninRalston Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2007


You can take a nap on the summit
Posted Oct 17, 2007 7:09 pm

A BitRalston Peak trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 1995

A Bit

Pleasant hike through the forest ending with great views of Tahoe and the Desolation Wilderness.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 2:14 am

k2linkGreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


A warm day in the Sierras. I was on a fairly tight time schedule (a wedding in Sacto at 4:30 pm). From my car to the summit and back in 4 hrs/10 mins. It was a great day, and I felt good. The views, stunning as always, though I was surprised by the low water level in Lake Aloha.
Posted Jul 15, 2007 9:40 pm

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