Aloha to the mountains

Lake Aloha was our last real stop before exiting Desolation Valley at the Echo Lake trailhead.  We have always loved walking along this lake because of the spectacular views of high granite peaks that border it.  But sadly, California in its ever-present state of drought has been drawing water from this lake reservoir, leading to the emergence of many, many islands in a sea of blue water.

Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada

When we first hiked here almost 30 years ago, Lake Aloha was an extensive body of water, almost two miles long.  The left-most peak in this view is the almost 10,000 foot Pyramid Peak, tallest peak in Desolation Wilderness area.

lake?  what lake?  There's hardly any water to see in this shot from the trail.

lake? what lake? There’s hardly any water to see in this shot from the trail.

Krumholtz effect, Desolation Valley, Lake Aloha

Did I mention that the weather can be kind of extreme here, as winds blow hard enough to shape the way trees can support their branches.  It’s a dry, rocky trail along Lake Aloha, but always with spectacular views.

Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada Mts

This is elder daughter’s favorite place on earth, which she first saw when she was 12. This time it was the grandkids’ turn to experience this vast and amazing wilderness area.

According to my Fitbit watch, I walked a total of 43.2 miles during our 4 1/2 day trek and expended almost 8800 calories above resting metabolism, or almost double what I usually expend on an average day at home.  A great weight loss scheme, except for all the potato chips I ate later….

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