Friday, August 1, 2008

Desolation Exploration - Lyon's Lake

Trip Report - Desolation Area
Part I - Lyon's Lake
July 26 - 27, 2008

Climbing in the desolation wilderness never gets old! Sean, Lis, Eric and I all took a mini-break from the world, and headed up North to spend a day in the wilderness. We decided on Lyon's Lake as our destination, to enjoy the beauty of a mountain lake. The trail was a mere 10 miles round trip, and a lot of the terrain was rocky.

View of the creek from the trail

This was also Lis's first 10 mile hike, and along the way we had some fabulous sights to take in! The wild flowers were in full bloom, and we were surrounded by bouquets of purple, blue, red, orange, yellow, and pink flowers. We headed up the trail at 9 am, so the sunlight was perfect for taking pictures. The trail followed a creek for the first part of the hike, and it added beautifully to the already gorgeous setting.

Wild Flowers

At the fork for Lyon's lake, Eric and I split from the group. We were going to attempt a climb to Mt. Price, so we took off ahead of the others to gain distance. The trail rises steeply here, to Lyon's lake and above to Price. We were running out of time, but we decided to see how far we could get, so we scrambled up the slabs of granite towards Mt. Price, and enjoyed the view of the lake from above.

View from the granite slabs

Eric and I returned to Lyons Lake to meet up with the others, and to take a dip in the clear, cool water. We had enjoyed our lunch here earlier and now shared a bottle of wine.

Eric and I swimming

The hike down was easy and went smoothly. The entire group was exhausted from the long day of trekking, so we snagged a nearby campsite to call home for the night. Next stop, knapsack, for some serious climbing!

Eric and I on top of the slabbed granite

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Lyons Lake Hike

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