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Desolation Family Washout

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:16 pm

School is starting soon and my family and I needed to get a backpacking trip in. We settled on a close spot and went in from Lilly Lake to Gilmore. Here is the crew minus me at the TH:

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The forecast was 20% chance of isolated showers in the afternoon for the next few days and we got a little wet on the way up. The rain continued for a while once we got to Gilmore, but let up for a little fishing:

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The "Rat Macks" were biting and after wetting his hands and an admonishment from me to "stay away form his gills" my son posed with his catch of a decent specimen:

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Needless to say, GBs record at this lake is still safe!

We went to sleep that night with visions of peak bagging in our heads! The next morning a couple more macks were caught and breakfast was had, we made for Tallac. It only took about an hour to reach the summit. Here's my son goofing on me with Cascade, Emerald Bay and Tahoe in the background:

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And looking West past Gilmore, Susie, a bit of Heather and Aloha to the Crystal Range and Pyramid:

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On the way back down, my son found a patch of Fire weed:

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After we made it back to camp, a swim was in order. My wife headed out toward the middle of Gilmore and the dogs dutifully followed:

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That afternoon the rain clouds built up as usual. We had lunch and as the rain started we got in to the tents to chill out. My wife was in a 1 man tent napping and my son and I were in a 2 man playing "go fish". The rain got progressively harder and after a half hour or so my son poked at the tent floor and said:”Dad, things are getting squishy!” Not long after that my wife yelled out from her tent: “I’m getting flooded!” We had set our tents up in a flat, very compacted low lying spot, not thinking about a heavy down pour. We looked outside and the tent and were in a puddle about 3 inches deep! Bailing out of the tents and throwing them under trees we surveyed the situation. The tents were pretty wet, the bags too, and my son didn’t have a lot of dry clothes left. There was plenty of time ‘till sunset, but it was still drizzling. If the clouds broke, we could dry out and stay. Alas it was not to be:

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I figured a small let down and heading out was better than a long cold/wet night.
We had some hot grub and threw our wet gear in the packs for a somewhat dejected hike out. I had the crew pose for a shot before we left. You can see Scout, the yellow dog was ready to go. But Finn the black one was still ready for adventure!

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Even though we ended up leaving early, I view the trip as a success, since we caught fish and climbed a mountain!
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby jessegooddog » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:29 am

Great smiles on those happy dogs!!
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:20 am

Love the photos. Sounds like a good time in spite of the rain.
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:28 am

Sound like a fun but wet family trip TJ.
Love the Fire weed shot. The Labs swimming in after your wife is great. :lol:
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby ucangler » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:34 am

I cant help but ask what type of fish is that? Lake trout/char?

Thanks for the TR
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby windknot » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:54 am

Great report! Glad to see that you were able to have a successful trip with your family, rain notwithstanding.

Ucangler, Gilmore Lake has the distinction of being one of the few backcountry lakes in the Sierra which has lake trout.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby TahoeJeff » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys! I forgot to mention how awesome the thunder was up there. It rumbled around echoing off the mountains for about an hour or so. I can see how ancient people thought it was the "storm gods" getting angry!
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby ucangler » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:36 pm

windknot wrote:Great report! Glad to see that you were able to have a successful trip with your family, rain notwithstanding.

Ucangler, Gilmore Lake has the distinction of being one of the few backcountry lakes in the Sierra which has lake trout.


yeah, it threw me off when i saw that. thanks for the clarification.
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby TahoeJeff » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:09 pm

BTW does anyone know of any other lakes (hike to not drive to) in the Sierra besides Gilmore and Stony Ridge with macks?
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Re: Desolation Family Washout

Postby Cross Country » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:19 pm

I love this report because the 100+ days backpacking with Mike were the best days of my life and I've had thousands of great days. Your potos remind me of our trips.
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