Lake Aloha and Horses
Desolation Wilderness, CA
Copyright 2001-2017 by Michael L. Anderson

date found:
August 2001
camera:
Pentax P3n
lens:
Sigma 35-200mm @ 35mm
film:
Kodak Kodachrome 64
recommended enlargement size:
to be determined

Lake Aloha sits in a shallow valley beneath the ridgeline of Pyramid Peak and Mount Price, the most prominent and stubbornly snow-clad peaks in the Lake Tahoe area. The Lake's barren, rocky shores and hundred tiny islands for me epitomizes the rugged beauty of the Desolation Wilderness. Here I captured a man and three horses ambling down the trail towards Mosquito Pass.

I saw the peaks above Lake Aloha everyday from my "desk job" behind the counter of the little gift shop at the Heavenly Ski Resort Observation Deck, 9123 feet elevation. Finally I had an afternoon off, and decided to finally see it up close. Starting at noon, I biked from South Lake Tahoe to the wilderness boundary above Lily Lake, ran the trail all the way to above Lake Aloha, and got back to South Lake Tahoe by 6:30. (I had an appointment that evening.) That's 2000 feet elevation gain, 14 miles of running, and 19 miles of cycling. I haven't been in such good shape since.