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TR: Into the Crystal Range, Desolation Wilderness, 9/8-9/11

Postby cmon4day » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:03 am

Second BP trip of the year into Desolation Wilderness. This time from the west. Started at the Twin TH at Wright lake and headed up to Twin Lakes.

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Crossing the outlet of Lower Twin


We found a nice campsite at the upper Twin Lake

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View From Our Campsite


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Evening at Upper Twin


The next day we headed out XC up and over the ridge into the Tyler /Gertrude drainage on our way to Rockbound Pass

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Tyler Lake


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Karl at Rockbound Pass


Once over Rockbound we headed over to Doris Lake for the night.

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Doris Lake in the Morning


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Our Campsite at Doris


From Doris we headed north past Schmidell up to Leland Pass where we stopped for lunch. From there we went XC again up and over between Silver and Red Peaks down to Lake #3.

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Heading up to Leland Pass


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Lunch Break overlooking Leland Lakes


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XC over to Lake #3


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Lake #3 showing the saddle we crossed


After a long break at Lake #3 we headed down to Lawrence Lake for our last night. We had a nice camp on the eastern side of Lawrence and went for a refreshing swim. The next morning we headed out back to the TH and back home.

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Beautiful Meadow on way out



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Re: TR: Into the Crystal Range, Desolation Wilderness, 9/8-9

Postby FeetFirst » Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:18 pm

Cool route. Thanks for sharing your report & pictures.

When I crossed the outlet at lower Twin lake that log was mostly underwater. I'm not sure if it was just knocked off of its perch or if the water was higher.
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: TR: Into the Crystal Range, Desolation Wilderness, 9/8-9

Postby balzaccom » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:10 pm

Nice report!
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Re: TR: Into the Crystal Range, Desolation Wilderness, 9/8-9

Postby windknot » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:16 pm

Thanks for the report! That's a neat route connecting several areas that I've visited separately but not together.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: TR: Into the Crystal Range, Desolation Wilderness, 9/8-9

Postby cmon4day » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:32 am

Feet First and Windknot,

Yes, it was a fun route. It was a good mix of challenging XC and trail. Fishing was good by the way at both Upper Twin and Doris. Lawrence appears to have been hammered pretty hard since the reopening of the Barrett Lake OHV trail.

Here is a copy of our route:

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