Day One...

Destination: Aloha Lake
Miles: 5
Gain: 2,457'
Drop: 359'

    These trips always start off the same way: everyone packs carefully, trains diligently and considers the possibilities thoroughly. The fact is, five miles in to a trip like this and you begin to wonder what you've done with your precious vacation time. The South entrance into Desolation Wilderness from Twin Bridges proved to be a fine but challenging start for everyone. We climbed over 2,000 feet up the Horsetail falls shortly after noon and made a comfortable camp at Aloha Lake.

Above: Aloha Lake with Pyramid Peak in the background.