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