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Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby frediver » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:42 pm

Well that kinda says it all. I have only four days available and I would like some trail advice.
I will be hiking with a Bud who has not done much backpacking before and in somewhat worse shape than I am.
We are hoping for time in mid-late July, its not set in stone but 3 nights and 4 days is about my time limit from work. I would hope to have some chance of actually catching fish in a couple
different lakes.
I have read a few different guide books but there is nothing like real trail experience. Can anyone suggest a decent moderate route with a total distance around 15 mi that would keep us busy for
3.5 days? I will be driving from the S.F. area.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby hikerduane » Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:21 pm

Well this is a third attempt to post here. Computer problems I guess.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby hikerduane » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:36 pm

For your requirements, Echo Lake TH, ferry across Echo, bp up to Lake of the Woods or Aloha, second day to Heather or Susie, third night back to Aloha or Lake of the Woods. I'll keep this short, maybe it will make it now.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:15 pm

At 4 days, 3 nights and 15 mi. total, Hikerduane's suggestion is probably the best. There are plenty of variations to work off of that route to various lakes along the way, and there is good fishing for big fish to be had, too. One can also go out of Glen Alpine and visit Heather, Susie, Half Moon, and Gilmore, but, the Echo L. boat ferry entry offers more options and less elevation gain.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby Jerdog » Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:34 pm

Does anyone know if he can go from Echo to Tahoe City, and then take the TART shuttle back down to to South Lake? That way he wouldn't have to do a loop.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby hikerduane » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:12 am

That would be more miles than they want to do, but can be done. I don't have a map of the Tahoe Rim Trail, so I'm not sure exactly where one would exit to get to Tahoe City, Blackwood Canyon or whatever that is or Caspian?.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby frediver » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:42 pm

OK I'm sure 20mi is do-able in 3 days.
Thanks for the responses, the Echo lk to Aloha looks like it has lots of options.
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Re: Desolation 4 Day Route?

Postby hikerduane » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:11 pm

A couple older gentlemen passed away while on a two day bp trip to the Eagle Lake area. An autopsy showed the first man had a heart attack and the second man was hiking out to get help after dark and fell down a steep enbankment and was knocked unconsious. He died from his injuries and the cold. One was 70 and the other 78.
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