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Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby rams » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:35 am

To introduce a new friend/co-worker from the east coast to the High Sierra, I wanted a trip that would have huge, open views, a combination of trail and cross country travel, lots of lakes, and a chance to climb an easy peak. He said he didn't want any down time and would rather maximize our time being active. With all of that plus the fact that I'd wanted to climb Pilot Knob for some time, our itinerary was set: North Lake-Piute Pass-Lower Desolation Lake-Pilot Knob-Upper Desolation Lake-North Lake. Here's a bunch of photos from our 22 mile, 17 hour day (we're kind of slow).

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about halfway to Loch Leven Lake


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between Piute Pass and Lower Desolation


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Lower Desolation


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Lower Desolation again


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Do they call it Tomahawk Lake because the water is "choppy"?


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Square Lake is kind of round.


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looking over Knob Lake to Glacier Divide


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my friend is almost to the top


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Alsace Lake from the top
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Glacier Divide from the top



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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby rams » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:43 am

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Humphreys Basin


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Knob Lake


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on the way to upper Desolation Lake


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Desolation lives up to its name.


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Desolation Lake again


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This lake is awesome. I didn't really want to leave it.


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Humphreys


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I wanted open views. I GUESS this'll do.


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One last shot. Muriel Peak from just below Piute Pass.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:48 am

beautiful pics. Not sure why you had to run through it. A shame. That place needs to be savored.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:54 am

Very pretty pictures! Sounds like a fun long day hike. Some time in the Sierra is
better than no time. :)
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby Rockchucker » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:37 am

Nice pictures, I personally like tomahawk lake, I've never ran into anyone there.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby jessegooddog » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:30 pm

I feel my age just reading your trip report. Love the flying dinosaur between Knob Lake and Glacier Divide.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby KathyW » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:50 pm

I don't think you are slow. It took us 3-days to do that trek a number of years back - camped at Mesa Lake. The view from Pilot Knob is wonderful - especially of the Glacier Divide.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby rams » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:51 am

Thanks for the comments everybody!
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:39 am

Beautiful pix, Ramsey! I also did this as a day trip in the Sierra Challenge ~2006. It took me 16 hrs but I wasn't the last one off the mountain.
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby gochicagobears! » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:30 pm

Great pictures!
Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Pilot Knob dayhike 7/6/13

Postby rams » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:08 am

Thanks Cori and gochicagobears.
Snow Nymph wrote:Beautiful pix, Ramsey! I also did this as a day trip in the Sierra Challenge ~2006. It took me 16 hrs but I wasn't the last one off the mountain.

I was actually thinking about you on the hike because I read your 2005 Sierra Challenge trip report on backpacker.com before heading out. It mentally prepared me for sure. Even before doing the hike, I couldn't believe that most of the people did it in 10 hours!!
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