My grandfather and I used to hike Ralston all the time from our cabin at Echo Lake. East Ridge, North Ridge from Haypress Meadows, up the bowl from Ralston Lake. Great way to grow up!
Climbed with my 11 year old son. Good day hike. A must for anyone who just wants a good workout and a view!!
Had a great time snowshoeing to the top. It was very windy towards the summit though. Nice views of Desolation and Tahoe.
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.
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.
From Lake of the Woods, on the trail along the ridge from the North.
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.
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.
Uncrowded, fine weather, fine view from the summit -- especially to the rugged wilderness to the North.
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!
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.
Fun hike/scramble/bushwhack around Echo Lakes: Flagpole Pk-Echo Pk-Ralston Pk-Talking Mtn-Becker Pk.
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.
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.
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!!! ^$%#^&!!!
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.
Great snowshoe ascent in the winter with fantastic views of Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe.
Nice snowshoe trip with excellent views.
Fun snowshoeing trip to the top!