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Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon May 12, 2014 7:48 am

I took the little girls up to Sayles Flat on Saturday. We needed a good workout so we climbed the 4 mile, 2800 foot Ralston Peak Trail.

We met a young couple at the TH. Mike and Silvia had never climbed this trail. Knowing there was probably snow near the summit we decided we would complete the climb together. This worked out well for me because their youth forced me to really work hard to keep up.

We started to run into patchy snow at about 8000 feet.

1Snow on Trail.JPG


The snow became pretty solid at the turnoff for the shortcut at 8440 feet.

2Girls in Snow.JPG


There was of course some open ground.

2zGirls on Patchy Sonw.JPG


Just below the summit you could choose to climb on rocks or snow.

3Patchy Snow near Summit.JPG


Once at the summit the weather really became foul. The clouds blocked the sun. The wind became gusty up to a gale of about 50 MPH. The temperature was already low but the wind chill was incredible.

Mike and Silvia took shelter behind a rock wall to enjoy their lunch.

4Mike and Silvia.JPG


Here are the pictures of Desolation Wilderness.

Pyramid Range and Lake of the Woods.

5Pyramid and Cornice.JPG


Jacks, Dicks Peak and Mt. Tallac. If you look carefully you can see Susie is still frozen.

6Jacks Dicks Tallac.JPG


Tamarack, Ralston and Cagwin are still covered in ice.

7Cagwin Ralston Tamarack.JPG


Echo is ice free but saucer is covered in snow.

9Echo Lakes.JPG


The east ridge with the back side of Sierra at Tahoe, Elephants Back and Round Top in the background.

10Saucer Sierra at Tahoe.JPG


Thanks for reading my report.

-Russ
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon May 12, 2014 12:18 pm

Russ, thanks for the look in to South Deso. That is some good intel.
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby maverick » Mon May 12, 2014 2:15 pm

Thanks for the intell Russ. :thumbsup:
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby RaiderFanMan » Wed May 14, 2014 5:43 pm

Appreciate the info Russ. Planning a trip to Lake Lucille/S. Deso next weekend but may need to reroute to avoid snow and ice.
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby maverick » Wed May 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Hi RaiderFanMan,

Welcome to HST! Please write up TR if you go, any info this time of the year helps
out fellow members a lot.
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby texan » Wed May 14, 2014 9:02 pm

Thanks for the TR. Now I know how much snow is up there.

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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby Vaca Russ » Thu May 15, 2014 6:45 am

RaiderFanMan wrote:Appreciate the info Russ. Planning a trip to Lake Lucille/S. Deso next weekend but may need to reroute to avoid snow and ice.


Raider,

Yes, I think Lucille will probably still be covered in snow. Lake of the Woods, Cagwin, Tamarack and Ralston are all at a lower elevation and they were frozen as of Tuesday according to my GF "Sport".

It did get to 75 degrees yesterday in South Lake Tahoe. It will probably be just as warm today. Who knows how much is going to melt between now and Saturday (???)?

You might want to consider hiking in Northern Deso. If you do go south please follow Maverick's request and post some information so others have an idea about the conditions. :)

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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby jimandluba » Fri May 16, 2014 10:32 pm

Thanks, Russ for the useful, photo-illustrated trail conditions report. What adorable dogs! - Jim and Luba
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby maverick » Sat May 17, 2014 10:04 am

Hi Jim and Luba,

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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby wanderin.jack » Mon May 26, 2014 9:36 pm

Thanks for the beta Russ. Climbed Ralston yesterday (5/25/14) and heading to Pyramid next weekend then Shasta. Saw a bear in the gully about a mile past the church.
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby nikhilm » Thu May 29, 2014 9:04 am

Any new conditions reports about south Deso? Would a Eagle Falls to Velma Lakes loop be mostly snow free this weekend? (5/31-6/1)
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Re: Who Wants to See Southern Deso?

Postby mlskn_needed » Thu May 29, 2014 12:14 pm

Thanks for your report, I went well prepared with snow baskets on my poles and tall gaiters for the Memorial day weekend. We were in the Aloha and American Lake area.
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