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Finding Solitude in Desolation Wilderness

Friday, August 13th, 2010

It’s the perfect time of year to head into Desolation Wilderness. It’s hot enough to make those high alpine lakes worth jumping in, and the summer crowds are starting to thin as schools get back in session. This Adventure of the Week comes from my own repertoire – a trip Chris and I took to Half Moon Lake last year. This year’s Desolation adventure is still in the works.

WHO: TMS web editor Lis Korb and her boyfriend, Chris

WHAT: Hike to Half Moon Lake and Jacks Peak

WHERE: Desolation Wilderness, CA

WHEN: August 2009

GEAR: 2-person tentChaco Flip EcoTread Sandals for hanging out at camp, Snow Peak GigaPower Stove and Snow Peak Trek 1400 Cookset for cooking our oatmeal and coffee for breakfast and pasta dinner


When we set off from the Glen Alpine trailhead at Fallen Leaf Lake, we weren’t even sure where we’d end up. Lake Aloha was an obvious choice, but we wanted to really feel alone so we headed for the less-beaten path to Half Moon Lake (about 5.5 miles in from the trailhead). It’s a dead-end trail, so most thru-hikers pass right on by it. There was one other solitary camper that night, but that was it. And we had a whole lake to spread ourselves out on. We picked a lakeside spot on the south end and set up camp.

The next morning, we decided to stay put at our desolate oasis and just headed up the closest mountain cross-country. It wasn’t the cleanest hike, but it sure is fun to go where not many have gone before! We summited Jacks Peak (9856 elevation) via some crazy talus and were treated to some stellar views of sprawling Lake Aloha and Heather Lake to the south and our campsite to the east.

Me on the last leg of Jacks Peak, with Lake Aloha and Heather Lake in background

Half Moon Lake and Alta Morris Lake

We hiked down between Jacks and Dick’s Peak alongside a trickling stream and then cooked up a good meal alongside our new squirrel camp friend. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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Granite Chief Wildnerness Trip

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I recently went on a short overnight backpacking trip into the Granite Chief wilderness. The weather was as good as it gets in september with clead skies and daytime highs in the 70’s. We hiked about 7 miles each way to a beautiful and secluded secret campsite. The campsite was up at an alpine lake a little over 8,000ft so we went prepared for overnight temps in the 30’s or lower and were pleasantly surprised. I diddn’t have a thermometer, but I never even had to zip up my Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 sleeping bag! I used quite a bit of gear from TMS on this trip and I’m going take the time to review some of it and let the pictures of the trip speak for themselves.

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack: There is a reason that this has been our best selling pack for two years running. It has the best combination of weight, capacity, and price on the market. The adjustable AirComfort back system also makes it fit a very wide variey of people.

Nemo Losi 2 Person Tent: While the Losi 3 person was the hot seller this summer, the Losi 2 is an equally awesome tent. It is very roomy for a 2 person tent and is easy to set up. The quality is top notch, typical for Nemo. At 4.9lbs it features two doors, two vestibules and bomber construction that is designed to last. It also offers the option of pitching the tent with just the rainfly and footprint for those looking to go ultralight.

Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 Sleeping Bag: Probably the best combination of warmth, weight and price of any sleeping bag we carry. Only 2lb 3oz and compresses down 16×6 inches. Was warm enough that I never even fully zipped it up on this trip.

Snow Peak GigaPower Stove: Everyone I’ve shown it to is amazed at how small, light, and powerful this stove is. It weighs less than 4 oz and a watched pot certainly boils very quickly with this thing, and I was not using full power. The best thing about it, price, $39.95.

Thermarest NeoAir Sleeping Pad: I can’t say enough good things about this pad. Its lighter, packs smaller, and is more comfortable than any other pad I’ve tried. While we didn’t encounter any very cold weather on this trip it also has a surprising insulation R value of 2.5 for an air pad.

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