TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

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TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by jartelt » Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:34 am

In July 2018, I did a bit of a "lazy" backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness. My wife and I hiked 4 miles in from the Twin Lake trailhead and set up camp near Island Lake. The next day we went on a ~4 mile day hike to find a nice view of Lake Aloha. The 3rd day we hiked 4 miles back to the car. Hiking only 12 miles over three days allowed us a lot of time to enjoy the scenery and relax. It was really great. I'd advise anyone who hasn't done a low mileage trip to give it a shot!

The Twin Lakes area in Desolation was more beautiful than we expected. I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys camping near alpine lakes. Here is a full report I wrote with all my pictures, maps, etc. https://backpackers-review.com/trip-rep ... win-lakes/

Here are a few of the pictures from the journey:

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Re: TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by rightstar76 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:48 am

Hi jartelt! Your pictures are beautiful - all of them. I completely agree with you about enjoying the Sierra Nevada at a leisurely pace. It's joyful to be able to take as much time as needed to enjoy the scenery and the people you're with. Thanks for sharing this trip report.

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Re: TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by jartelt » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:12 pm

I totally agree! I typically want to hike the longest loop possible to cover more ground... Sometimes it's nice to force yourself to slow down and just camp at the same spot for a couple nights. The bonus is that you can then explore on day hikes without carrying your full pack around!

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Re: TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by balzaccom » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:41 pm

Nice report! Desolation is a great area. The only drawback is the intense hiking pressure and quota system. Makes it hard to get to where you want to go sometimes.

Keep the beautiful photos coming!
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Re: TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by c9h13no3 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:56 pm

1) How many Twin Lakes are there in the Sierra? I can count at least 4 off the top of my head.
2) This is still in the Sierra Nevada.
3) Everyone is a better photographer than me.
4) Nice trip report :). I fully agree about slowing down when backpacking. I prefer camping & fishing when I'm carrying a heavy load.
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Re: TR - Backpacking Twin Lakes zone of Desolation Wilderness (July 2018)

Post by jartelt » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:31 pm

1) We need more lake naming creativity!
2) I. Feel. Dumb. Yes, still the Sierra. When I posted I guess I was just thinking it wasn't in Stanislaus, Yosemite, or Sequoia-Kings Canyon so it is not the Sierra. Totally should have been smarter.
3) There is hope - smartphone cameras are getting better every year! These were all taken with my Pixel 2 phone. For me the key is take a bunch of photos throughout the hike and delete the many bad ones after the trip...
4) Thanks!

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