The next time you’re planning a trip leave the guide books behind, forget the weeks of over excessive planning—just pick a place on the map and go. That’s how we found ourselves in the backcountry of Desolation Wilderness earlier this month.
It all started on a typical Friday evening: Wrapping up those last few emails, making final tweaks to photoshop documents, grabbing a beer out of the office fridge. That’s when the text message showed up: “Mountains tomorrow?”
A handful of texts later and we had a plan: Leave the bay around 7am Saturday morning and head towards the Echo Lake trailhead in Desolation Wilderness. Backpacks were packed late that night after returning home from drinks and a few hours of sleep were squeezed in.
We ended up six miles into the backcountry of Desolation Wilderness at Lake Aloha.