From Twin Bridges, I've always wanted to hike up Horsetail Falls so this option let me check off 2 boxes. This is quite a bit more difficult than starting from Echo Lakes, in distance, elevation gain and terrain. Sections are trailless and in other areas tough to follow. Its easy to have this be a class 3 climb, which we did.
Our route was from the top of the falls to Ropi Lake, where we had a thigh deep crossing of the oulet to the falls (Pyramid Creek). From there to Lake of the Woods, then Lake Aloha. Once we finally got to the Crag the ascent was straightforward. Attained the south ridge and it's easy enough from there.
Awesome route straight out on PCT from Echo Chalet. Spectacular views of Lake Aloha from Cracked Crag in particular. Highly recommend.
Route here: https://www.strava.com/activities/310472251
Planned on Dick's and Jack's too but my wife was done..... so we headed back. Still a great day.
From Echo Lake. Outstanding 360-degree views. Lingering snow on the PCT.
This was a fun scramble with a rewarding view. Gotta love Desolation Wilderness
Nice views from the top. Huge thunderheads forming over Desolation.
Twin Bridges TH - Ropi Lake - Lake of the Woods - Lake Aloha - Cracked Crag - American Lake - Channel Lake - Desolation Lake - Ropi Lake
Fun scramble for some great views.