Fathers Day Backpack Trip

(written by Bill)

Our very first post on WordPress was titled Desolate Cabin and for whatever reason we could not stop thinking about the backpacking trip we took last Fathers Day that put us back at the “Cabin”.  So we thought we would add a few images and give a little more description about the rest of our hike into Desolation Wilderness, near Lake Tahoe, in California.

First of all, you can see the original post by clicking here – Desolate Cabin .  In this post, we gave information about the cabin only, and included images both inside and out. Now we will give more detail about the rest of the hike, including additional photos.

Day 1 – We hiked just under 10 miles from the trail head near Wrights Lake (~7,000′), going up and over Rockbound Pass (8,650′), and setting up camp at Lake Schmidell (7,881′).  On day 2, we hiked down to the valley floor (7,400′) and paralleled the Rubicon River until coming to the China Flat junction which took us up steeply to our second nights destination at Lake Doris (8,360′).

Arriving at Lake Doris about mid-day allowed us the entire afternoon to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the nearby rocky peaks, the lush green forests in the valley, and the cool waters at our lakeside camp. Staying here on night 2 was perfect because it would give us a very simple hike back over Rockbound Pass the next morning (just under 300′ elevation gain).

Day 3 – We were all up somewhat early on our last day and after a nice breakfast, dehydrated of course, we were back on the trail heading to our car and concluding another great Fathers Day weekend.  I know the text is brief, but we hope the photo’s will tell the story.

Hope you enjoy…


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49 Responses to Fathers Day Backpack Trip

  1. Wonderful shots of a beautiful place.

  2. Clanmother says:

    Love the name – Desolate Cabin! It seems to by synonymous with “adventure.” Spectacular photos….

  3. I had to call my husband over just to take a look at these breathtaking shots! What a view. What a setting. It is at once wild, rugged, serene and tranquil. Thank you for taking me there! Sharon

    • motioners says:

      It’s everything you said, and then some. It is so great that we have these areas set aside for us to enjoy. Love it! Thank you for your great comment. Hope your husband enjoyed the images as well. bill

  4. fotografka90 says:

    WOW, it’s beautiful place and very, very good photos.

    View is amazing!

  5. Ingrid says:

    Great shots…..Tahoe area is a fav of ours. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • motioners says:

      Can I assume you are a Northern Californian? Or was once? So glad you enjoyed the view we offered. Tahoe (wilderness) is one of my favorite locations! Greatly appreciate your feedback. bill

  6. These pictures are so beautiful and clear it’s almost as if I were seeing it in person. Well done!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    Loved the hike …. and pics of reflections are easy winners.

  8. linhartb says:

    Looks like a spectacular backpacking trip! Something I would like to do some day. Thanks for sharing!

  9. MrsBoardwell says:

    Wowzers, epic trip’n pics! Now if only we could that van over there somehow……. ^_^
    Greetings from North Wales (UK),

  10. likeitiz says:

    These are beautiful pictures. What a name! Desolation Wilderness. Desolate cabin. I could almost see a novel emerge, or a poem. The views would inspire it too. California is a beautiful state.

    • motioners says:

      I hadn’t thought of the significance of the name, but I believe you are correct,.it does sound like a novel. Oh well, it is a great place to loose yourself in nature. Thanks for your nice feedback. bill

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  14. renxkyoko says:

    Great photos of Lake tahoe. I’m from Northern California, and been to tahoe and Yosemite several times.

    Cheers !

  15. Amazing stuff you always put !
    Glad to be here to see it all. Especially love the scenic wonder of the Beauty Lake, Reflections and Lake Doris.
    Keep up the great work.

  16. adinparadise says:

    What a gorgeous route you took. Well done to Eddie Boy. 🙂

    • motioners says:

      We can bring Eddie Boy with us in the Tahoe region, but not in Yosemite. We can have a campfire in Yosemite, but not in the Tahoe area. Interesting. We’ll pass on your note to Eddie Boy 🙂 Thanks for your feedback. bill

  17. Iamrcc says:

    Such beautiful shots. It was nice to take a trip through your photos. Thanks for the like of my post “About RCC”.

  18. melanietoulouse says:

    I visited California and its wonderful national parks several years ago… thanx for your super-pix!
    So it never rains in California, right?… 🙂 Let’s fly with the Eagles! 🙂

    • motioners says:

      Wow, I love the eagles How fitting… I visited France many times and fell in love the country, the wonderful lifestyle, the history, and even the people. Thank you for your wonderful feedback. bill

      • melanietoulouse says:

        Hi Bill! Thanx for your kind words about France, one of the most visited in the world…
        You may know that its refined gastronomy-cuisine has been the only one “accepted” as world’s heritage by UNESCO for about 2 years now! Bon appétit&friendly greetings from the European capital od space&aviation! 🙂

      • motioners says:

        Great piece of information, thanks so much for sharing. Hope to visit France again soon. bill

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