Friday, August 19, 2016

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Trip Day 4: Lake Aloha to Echo Lakes Chalet 7/18/16

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Trip Day 4: Lake Aloha to Echo Lakes Chalet
Our last day of our backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness took us from our camp at Lake Aloha back to Echo Lakes Chalet. We were all excited to get back to our comfy beds at home. We were hoping to save 2.5 miles by taking the water taxi but unfortunately couldn't due to circumstances beyond our control. 

If you missed previous days of our backpacking trip you can check out the posts below:

Day 1 - Echo Lakes to Tamarack Lake
Day 2 - Tamarack Lake to Lake Aloha

Day 3 - Lake Aloha to Gilmore Lake

The winds were pretty rough overnight so my sleep wasn't so great. I was wondering if we had made the right decision to camp in an area with wind rather than deal with mosquitoes, however we found out from other backpackers that the wind was bad all around the lake that night. Below is one last shot by the tent.
Campsite at Lake Aloha
We were all packed and ready to hike out by 9am. I was taking in our last views of the lake on the way back. 
Lake Aloha
The rocky terrain makes this hike unforgettable.
Backpacking back to Echo Lakes
When Tamarack Lake came into view, we knew it was pretty much a downhill hike from here.
Tamarack Lake
Hiking back to Echo Lake Chalet
Catching site of Upper Echo Lakes, we knew we were getting closer to the water taxi stop. However, our excitement turned into disappointment when we found out from hikers coming up the trail that the water taxi was not running due to high winds. It was something that we were hoping wasn't true.
Hiking back to Echo Lake Chalet
We were hoping that they were wrong and that the winds would have died down when we got down to the taxi stop, but indeed they were right. That meant we had to hike 2.5 miles more than we thought. The kids did not take the news well, but we got them to keep moving (treats and rewards may have been promised) and we trudged on. Below is a pic of the kids taking the news well. Even got 5 year old to smile in the pic.
Along the way are some really cool cabins along Echo lakes. The winds definitely were strong as at one point, I swear I was knocked over and my hat flew away. I held on to the kids to make sure they were ok. At this point, we were getting close to Echo Lakes Chalet.
Hiking back to Echo Lake Chalet
Just over this bridge and you are nearly there.
Hiking back to Echo Lake Chalet
Ice cream is always a great treat after a long hike.
Total miles for the day, 7.22 according to my Garmin. What a trip it has been! 
Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness to Tamarack Lake, Lake Aloha, & Gilmore Lakes has been a blast. My favorite by far is Lake Aloha. It's the most beautiful lake I've ever seen. It will be a lake I would not mind going back to again.

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