Mid August, Friday-Sunday backpacking in desolation wilderness. We varied from the described trip in that we entered through sacramento camp, then camped at aloha, trekked over to dicks pass just north of gilmore lake, and then exited sacremnto camp trailhead.
We entered through the Sacramento camp trail head, and began our day with a climb up ralston pass. The climb was not overly difficult, but would require good boots. Large jumps, and loose sand on rock made for slippery travel.
After the climb, there is a nice collection of rocks overlooking lake aloha, this makes a nice stopping point for a lunch of snack.
We then continued on towards aloha. We lost the trail a couple of times, and scrambled across boulders for a while, but it's a large lake and not exactly hard to find. We set up camp on a 10ft X 15 ft section of sand on a ganite beach.
No mosquitos, and a nice view of the night sky.
Morning brought a 15 mile hike up mosquioto pass, along rubicon, around campers flat, and over to dicks pass.
We set up camp at the top of dicks pass. The ground is rocky, so bring a ground cloth for you tent. Gorgeous sunsets with vivid colors lingering for hours.
In the morning, we started the worst part of the trip.
The down hill. 15 miles of mostly down hill hiking and we were home. The terrain is quite rugged in spots, and the
rocks necessitate having some type of supportive footwear if you are carrying a pack.
This was an incredible 3 day trip, and we saw few people for most of our journey. Water was plentiful along the trip,
but the heat made this 'moderate' trip quite strenuous.