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A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:53 am

Last Friday we headed out of Glen Alpine Springs to spend the night at Susie. I wonder how (Madame Helena) Modjeska Falls will look next September.

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The creek crossing at mile 3.3 has less snow than two weeks ago when we crossed the stream.

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Check out that beast of a pack she is carrying!

We set up camp right next to the falls at the outlet of Susie.

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I walked a bit downstream to check out the waterfall above Grass Lake.

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When I got back to camp I noticed that my new friend “Hantavirus Harry” invited himself to lunch on my stuff. He forced me to hang the food.

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The lake is completely ice free. This is looking south with Cracked Crag in the background.

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I saw another wildlife named “Bernadine Beaver” happily swimming in the water.

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The big shock and surprise was all of the other campers that joined us at Susie. We counted 16 other hikers! This count did not include us. The other question we get asked is about the local Dracula population. The vampires are still germinating. I think it is still a little too cold for those evil monsters, I mean lovely God’s creatures.

Saturday morning we left the lake to bag Jacks Peak.

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This is Sport on the summit of Jacks Peak with the Crystal range in the background.

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Please visit the “Peak Bagging” section to read our report about the climb.

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Thanks,

-Russ
” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway



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Re: A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby Jason » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:14 am

Very cool. “Hantavirus Harry” made me laugh. Looks like a nice trip, thanks for the report.
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Re: A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby FeetFirst » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:35 am

Jason wrote:Very cool. “Hantavirus Harry” made me laugh. Looks like a nice trip, thanks for the report.


:thumbsup: Ditto. Although, for me they'll always be "Hipbelt Harry." Yes, I now have a modified hipbelt :angry: .

Thanks again for the report.

Here's a reverse shot for you. From Cracked Crag towards Susie (June 2013):
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I'm still rather convinced that you can achieve more than you've ever dreamed of if you just lower your standards.
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Re: A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby Tom_H » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:34 pm

Pretty pics, Russ, but such sad water levels. I'm worried that fire and smoke are going to be critically dangerous by late summer. Thanks.
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Re: A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby paula53 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:43 pm

I enjoyed reading your post about your hike in Desolation. That is one of my favorite areas for hiking. Your names for the critters are so fitting!
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Re: A weekend hike to Susie (Desolation Wilderness)

Postby vhsvhs » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:14 pm

Awesome, thanks for posting the early season photos.
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