Ralston Peak via Horsetail Falls - Strenuous 10 Miles & 3,000 foot gain.

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

Directions;  http://goo.gl/maps/EIrzC

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.

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  • William

    Inspiring vistas, great hiking company, an interesting route, and a sturdy workout. Thanks Jeff for organizing!

    August 12, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Fantastic hike! Challenging, incredible views, diverse terrain, great company, getting lost, and altitude sickness. It was one helluvan adventure. Sign me up for the next one. Pictures are coming when I scrounge up a moment.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jeff K

    What a great hike. Been wanting to do it for a long time. We had a great group of people and a great day weather wise. And met some new peeps to top it off. Thank you all for helping to make this happen.

    August 11, 2013

  • Sandy

    Awesome hike, beautiful views, very adventurous! Great group of hikers, Thanks Jeff.

    August 11, 2013

  • chris k.

    the best day..so good...thx Jeff and everyone for a great day...and a good workout....

    August 11, 2013

  • Dave W.

    I'll post Nor Cal pics after some else posts. Some may be interested in our route difference.

    August 10, 2013

  • Anneli

    Fun and adventurous hike; scrambling to the top of the falls, huffing and puffing to the top of the peak, gorgeous scenery, fun group of people. Perfect day, thanks Jeff

    August 10, 2013

  • marbar

    Sorry, got the "add" message too late to join in.

    August 10, 2013

  • Hengameh M.

    So there is going to be two groups?

    August 9, 2013

    • Dave W.

      Yes, but leaving at different times and location.

      August 9, 2013

    • Leslie W.

      Sorry gang. I got this message long after I went to bed! Will have to pass. I will to be attending today so another hiker is welcome to my spot!

      August 10, 2013

  • Erynne

    Hey sorry to drop so late...I haven't been feeling well and was hoping it would clear up. Super bummed but I better let someone else have my spot :(.

    August 9, 2013

  • Marsha R

    Sorry I am doing another hike now.

    August 9, 2013

  • Dave W.

    I posted this trip 2 weeks ago on Nor Cal. I am reposting it on Nor Cal for those who are members. We leave at 7:30 from Starbucks Prairie City Rd. Don't join me if you have already signed up. We will keep the group separate and obey the 12 limit.

    August 9, 2013

  • Jeff K

    The waiting list will keep moving until 5:00 am tomorrow morning if others drop off.

    August 9, 2013

  • Hengameh M.

    I am #7 on waiting list, when are the final counts going to be?

    August 9, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    I cancelled my already.

    August 8, 2013

  • EB

    Sorry to cancel, ankle a little swollen.

    August 8, 2013

  • Paolo De S.

    why only 12 people for this hike? why not more people to join? how can I join the hike?

    August 5, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Desolation Wilderness limit of 12, and the possibility of a fine.

      August 7, 2013

    • Jeff K

      No fine here. We are keeping it at 12! :-)

      August 7, 2013

  • domi

    you don't actually have to limit the group to 12. you can make multiple groups of 12 if you want. I've done it with the sierra club.
    its no big deal

    August 6, 2013

    • Shannon B

      If the groups merge, they are considered one. We organizers have been criticized (more than once) for not following the "spirit" of the law.

      1 · August 7, 2013

    • Jeff K

      Thank you Shannon. We do try to stay with in the spirit of the law. These restrictions were put in place for a reason and not for me to question.

      August 7, 2013

  • Jeff K

    I don't know some of you that are signed up for this hike. I ask that you know your limits. This is strenuous and includes a lot of boulder hopping and step terrain. People fall here every year. If you fear heights or unsteady terrain this is not the hike for you. Please change your RSVP if you are not absolutely curtain this scramble and hike will be no problem for you. This is not just a hike, it's an adventure.

    August 7, 2013

  • Paolo De S.

    who is going to lead the second group?

    August 6, 2013

    • Shannon B

      This is a difficult hike in a desolate place. Many trails are not marked and it's not always obvious which peak is Ralston. If there were a second separate group, it would have to be led by an experienced person.

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Hengameh M.

    I agree with domi, it could be a bigger group.

    August 6, 2013

  • Will L

    Going on this hike on the 24th instead.

    August 5, 2013

  • Chico O

    I guess I should check my calendar before signing up for things! Would love to do this another time.

    July 19, 2013

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