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!
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