This is a strenuous hike at approximately 10 miles with 3,000 foot gain. Only those fit enough and don't fear heights should attempt this hike. This is a shuttle with a 3/4 loop hike. The shuttle is only a few miles apart so it won't take long. This is a Desolation Wilderness Permit hike limited to 12. This hike starts at Horsetail Falls. We will hike up to the end of the trail at 1.4 miles. We then boulder hop to the top of the falls. Look for the dead tree and aim for the left of it then veer right towards the top of the falls. Once at the top we will find a spot to cross the water near Avalanche Lake. This is about 2 hours into the hike. Do Not go all the way to Ropi Lake. I will bring water shoes to share in case we need them. I have crossed the water here before without getting wet. We will then scramble towards the Lake of the Woods trail. There are some cairns along the hillside to follow. Don't attempt this without knowing what you are doing and how to read a map. There is no trail at this section. We will find the trail and walk along side Lake of the Woods. If you have never seen this lake before you will be amazed. At the end of the Lake we will take the trail crossing to the right and follow it for .5 miles and take the next right on Ralston Trail towards Ralston Peak. At 1.3 miles we will turn left on the Ralston Peak trail. The peak is .6 miles. We will snack along the way but this will be our lunch spot.
The return trip will go down to the Ralston Trail and turn left to the Hwy 50 Ralston Trail Head.
What to bring;
Good Hiking boots or shoes
Layered Clothing as these peaks can bring on weather with short warning.
Plenty of water
Energy Snacks & Lunch
Sun Screen, Bug Spray & First Aid
Water shoes if you have them to cross the river if needed.
Camera and a Positive and Adventurist Attitude
We will take 3 or 4 vehicles including my truck. From Iron Point P & R go 66 miles on Hwy 50 towards Tahoe. TH parking lot is on the left. We will drop everybody except the drivers. We will take all the vehicles to the Ralston Trail Head just 1.2 miles farther up the hill. Drop all large vehicles except for one and go back to Horsetail Falls trailhead. If we drop large vehicles at the Ralston TH we can get everybody in on the way out and will not have to back track. I can squeeze 7 into my truck for this short distance if needed.
Pay your driver $12
Call Jeff K at[masked] if needed.