I finished up my month in Denver with the Presbyterian/St. Luke's podiatric residency program. I had a great month. The attendings were very well read and talented, the residents worked hard and seemed to be well trained and Denver has its perks. I had my final presentation in front of the attending and residents on Thursday night, a 7am surgery on Friday and I hit the road. My presentation was on a small ligament in the foot that is considered by some to be a major contributor to flatfoot when it fails. Standing up in front of a bunch of residents and seasoned doctors presenting is very intimidating but I feel it went well and I was easily able to answer all of their questions in an intelligent manner. Glad to have that one behind me.
|Leaving Denver on the I-70.|
|Sunset over the Great Salt Lake.|
I ended up stumbling across a guy's trip report entitled Desolation Seven Summits which inspired plan C. I pushed on through Nevada and ended up meeting with my longtime buddy and fellow podiatry student Garrett Child at a Nevada truck-stop around midnight. It was great to catch up. I continued on and ended up throwing down at some random pull off and sleeping under the stars. I was glad to have my down coat and an extra sleeping bag.
The Desolation Wilderness is just south of Lake Tahoe and is a place that I have been wanting to check out. I was at the Ralston Peak trail-head around 11:00am. After getting some beta from a nice ranger lady who thought I was a bit nuts from the route I was suggesting I was on my way. The first mile and a half I ran along Highway 50 until I bailed off on an unofficial trail up Rock Canyon that went straight up for about 4 miles and 4,100ft to the top of Pyramid Peak (9,985ft), the highest point in the Desolation Wilderness. I reached the summit in about 1:45. The view was magnificent. I could see the entirety of Aloha Lake which is a discontinuous body of water with granite islands scattered throughout surrounded by stunning peaks.
|Summit of Pyramid Peak.|
|Looking down from Pyramid at the ridge-line yet to be traveled.|
|View back up at Pyramid Peak at the ridge I came down.|
|The ridge-line towards Mt. Agassiz and Mt. Price.|
|Looking down at Mosquito Pass from Mt. Price.|
|The banks of Aloha Lake looking at the previously traveled ridge, Pyramid on the left.|
|Alpine single track.|
|View back at Lake Aloha from Mt. Ralston with Lake of the Woods in the foreground.|
|Elevation graph from my GPS watch.|
Total Distance: 19.3miles
Total Time: 7hrs 36min
Total Elevation Gain: 6713ft