into Sayles Canyon hike
|Trip Date: 05/16/2014
Distance: 10.5 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1500'
Group Size: 3
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Pyramid Peak visible from halfway up Beaver ski run at Sierra-at-Tahoe resort.|
|My hiking partners Gail and Mark on the ski run taking pictures of Pyramid Peak.|
|A recently constructed bridge along the Pony Express trail at the junction where we headed south into Sayles Canyon.|
|The Sayles Canyon trailhead marker desperately needing some repairs. This was actually 2 miles in from where we had to park with the access gate closed.|
|Early on the trail up we had incredible views into Desolation Wilderness.|
|Just over a mile from the actual trailhead, there is a branch either further into the Canyon or a little north toward Bryan Meadow. Both of them connect up to the Pacific Crest Trail about 3 miles further.|
May during a terribly dry winter, we found ourselves navigating through
a surprising amount of snow. In fact, about 5.5 miles in we
to turn back when I fell into a snow hole up to my chest.
|What is a wild, cross-country snow trek without having to cross significant amounts of water on a fallen log?|
|Just a few feet back from our stopping point, we found a great rock along the river to enjoy lunch. Even had a USAF plane buzz us flying through the canyon while we were eating.|
|The top of the rock had a nice
flat area that had more than enough room for the three of us to chow
down in comfort.
|We made the most of our relaxation spot by hiding a geocache for others to stumble across as they navigate the serene trail.|
|One last crossing of the river on the way back.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|