Desolation Valley view, 1.5...

Desolation Valley view, 1.5 miles east of Pyramid Peak, Aug. 9th, 2004. Desolation?! Ropi Lake is pictured here, looking to the west. Truth is, this is the upper limit of more-or-less mature size trees in this area - the Lake Aloha area, just 500 vertical feet higher and just over one mile farther north, really is desolate.


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chskier - Oct 4, 2004 10:10 pm - Voted 10/10


Do you mean 1.5 miles east of Pyramid looking west? Extremely interesting shot. Thanks much.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Oct 4, 2004 10:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Orientation

oops! Yes, thanks for catching that. I'll correct the text.



wuedesau - Nov 1, 2004 2:28 pm - Voted 10/10


Looks like paradise to me!

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Nov 1, 2004 11:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: desolation

Thank you for the comment! Yes, it is a wonderful place, though now buried by over three meters of snow with more falling by the day.

It is a most interesting place, also, from a geological standpoint. Your profile says you are a geologist so you may appreciate this: The very hard and dense granite rocks still retain a polish left over from the ice age glaciers of over ten thousand years ago!

Best regards,



rpc - Nov 1, 2004 7:55 pm - Voted 10/10

helluva shot!!

great shot Don.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Nov 2, 2004 12:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: helluva shot!!

Thanks, Radek. sometimes ya just get lucky!



GreggArchitect - May 16, 2006 5:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Love those lakes!

I camped out on the eastern edge of Ropi last time out last year, and love this picture you posted. I can't wait for the snow to melt and for the blue and green to be seen again. That series of lakes is heaven on earth! Thanks for posting! See you in the back country! ~Gregg


ppergande - Mar 15, 2007 2:53 am - Voted 10/10

Cool Picture!

This would make an interesting jigsaw puzzle.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Mar 15, 2007 2:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool Picture!

Thanks for the compliment! - Agreed, an interesting puzzle, but a VERY difficult one!


tooantsy - Feb 24, 2009 3:48 pm - Voted 10/10


gorgeous, I love this area!

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