Up and over

By the third day of hiking, you’re supposed to feel more acclimated and used to the altitude.  Hah!  The air just kept getting thinner as we climbed, but the views kept getting more and more spectacular.

Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

Rockbound lakes, stubby trees, and lots of granite.  The major peaks of Desolation Wilderness were mostly visible as we hiked, making it easy to navigate even if we did lose the trail.

Dick's Peak, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

My daughter and son-in-law (far left) had time to break out the camp chair and admire the view of Dick’s Peak before I arrived at the pass.

Dick's Pass, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

“So where do we go now, grandpa”, the kids wonder.

Dick's Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

A view down toward Dick’s lake where we camped the previous night. The last time I took this shot (mid July about 22 years ago), the lake was 3/4 frozen, and surrounded by snow on the hillsides.

alpine garden, Dick's Pass, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

I found a hillside alpine garden, where the snow must have just recently melted. Stunted 2 foot pine trees and compact alpine plants dotted the landscape.

alpine garden, Dick's Pass, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

The grandkids are off again, ready to hike down the pass to the next destination. They didn’t even see me, where I stood in my little alpine garden.

Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

The view on the other side of the pass — it’s about 1000 feet down. That little bump sticking up at the top of this shot is our next destination — Pyramid Peak.

Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

and down we go…

8 thoughts on “Up and over

    • It was rugged but definitely manageable, except for one giant hill we went down by accident (off trail, oops bad idea). Altitude was around 8000 ft most of the time. The pass was 9400 ft, as shown by the marker in the photo of us looking at the map.

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