Monday, July 20, 2020

Hike: Ralston Peak, Lake Tahoe / July 2020

The crowning achievement of the weekend - Ralston Peak. Now I have to say we've done lots of hikes (and lots more to come, knock on wood) but the views from the top of this mountain are among the best in the entire Desolation Wilderness - part of the Sierra Nevada mountains that tower over the western side of Lake Tahoe.

Astounding views. End of story.

The top of Ralston peak gives you some views that are pretty unique and hard to come by at least without backcountry hikes, multi-day adventures, or brutal, thigh burning climbs.

For the 7.5 mile hike, with 2,791' of elevation gain ending at - you guessed it - the top of Mt Ralston at 9,407' - you get literal 360ยบ views of the Desolation Wilderness and the vistas are absolutely breathtaking. Some of the best I've experienced yet. Alpine forests and lakes - a plethora of lakes, actually, and you ca actually see well over 50 miles away - and that includes the eastern shoreline of Lake Tahoe to the northwest.

This definitely rates in the Top 5 of most epic and majestic viewpoints of all my hikes in the last 10 years. Incredible and beautiful and captivating and, well, let's just say you don't want to leave. Amazing.

Length: 7.5 miles / Elevation gain: 2,791' / Highest Elevation Point: 9,407

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