Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

Every year around the late summer- early fall period, a few family members of mine and I head up to the desolation wilderness in Tahoe to backpack and stay a few nights out in nature. No computers, no technology (besides my camera), no internet. We just live off of what we can carry.

My Dad, cousin Skip, and Bro-in-law Dave rode up to the trail head at Fallen Leaf Lake to begin the hike. We normally stop at a restaurant on the way up (Mel’s Diner usually) and have a good breakfast before we begin the hike but this year we did not. We brought chicken to eat before we started the hike and that turned out to be a great idea. Here’s why: 1. good source of protein. 2. healthier. 3. we weren’t stuffed to the max before we started the hike. I was a little more hungrier than usual when we got to the camp but Dave brought steaks for dinner. That’s right, steaks. We were living the high life in the middle of no where.

Believe it or not there was an issue with my camera and it only made it through the first night. Enter sad face here. But luckily Dave had one and let me use it for the rest of the trip. So the photos below are a variety of photos from day 1 of the trip.

While we were setting up in the parking lot to begin the 5 mile hike in, we had some unexpected visitors.

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They were brave little chipmunks. Dave was feeding them sunflower seeds right out of his hand. I’ve never seen something get the seed out so fast!

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

And so begins the trek in..

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

I couldn’t resist the shadow in the midst of all the greenleaf’s.

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

Some noticeable trail markers along the way..

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

Group Shot..thank you self timer.

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

We stopped to take a break at this spot…photos really don’t do this landscape justice.

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Kind of an eerie feel to this one..

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The peak you see in the left photo below is what we hiked to this year. Jack’s peak. Susie Lake was our destination.

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

After we made it to camp, we checked the eggs that we brought for breakfast just to make sure the made it…and they did!

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

ahhh…so nice. The trout we caught in this lake were delicious.

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

The flashlights that attach to your hat were a life saver. Lightweight, so we didn’t have to bring lanterns, and hands free so you could cook in the dark. I had some fun with those lights by leaving my shutter open.

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So did Dave and Skip…

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking day 1

Stay tuned for day 2 and the hike up Jack’s Peak…