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TR: Pyramid Creek, Horsetail Falls, Avalanche Lake, 6/25/14

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TR: Pyramid Creek, Horsetail Falls, Avalanche Lake, 6/25/14

Postby adamschneider » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:48 pm

I went up Pyramid Creek today and scrambled up the west side of Horsetail Falls all the way up to Avalanche Lake and Pitt Lake in Desolation Wilderness. The lakes were amazing, and the scramble was fun, but the "normal" Pyramid Creek Loop/Horsetail Falls trail doesn't seem like it'd be worth the $5 parking fee!

I'm not a local, so I can't say for certain, but I thought conditions were just about perfect. There's still a decent amount of water coming down the falls, but it's low enough that boulder-hopping is easy and the creek doesn't feel dangerous in the slightest. And the area around the lakes has dried up enough that you can explore all around. (Fortunately for me, the 30mph winds today kept me from being able to give a mosquito report.) Mountain pride is blooming everywhere; up top, the heather has mostly finished, but the labrador tea is running rampant. No snow anywhere.

I'll post photos if my motel's WiFi decides to cooperate...



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Re: TR: Pyramid Creek, Horsetail Falls, Avalanche Lake, 6/25/14

Postby adamschneider » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:11 pm

Horsetail Falls from a distance.jpg
Horsetail Falls from a distance

Horsetail Falls up close.jpg
Horsetail Falls up close

just below Avalanche Lake.jpg
just below Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake.jpg
Avalanche Lake

between Avalanche and Pitt.jpg
between Avalanche Lake and Pitt Lake

Pitt Lake.jpg
Pitt Lake

penstemon.jpg
mountain pride (Newberry's penstemon)

western labrador tea.jpg
western labrador tea
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Re: TR: Pyramid Creek, Horsetail Falls, Avalanche Lake, 6/25/14

Postby bigd » Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:12 pm

You can park on the right hand side of US-50 (heading east) a few hundred feet before the parking lot which is on the left hand side. There's a little road which leads to some cabins. Probably 10 cars can fit here if oriented properly. This way you avoid the $5 fee.
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Re: TR: Pyramid Creek, Horsetail Falls, Avalanche Lake, 6/25/14

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:55 am

Thank you for the TR and pretty pictures Adam. :thumbsup:
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