Trip Report: Thaynes Peak
By Paul Kikuchi
| Thayne’s Peak
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Organized by Julie Kilgore
Stats: 8 ½ miles
2,725 vertical elevation gain.
Hiked up on the Desolation Trail
Returning down Thayne Canyon
Saturday morning at 8:00 we met at the Desolation trail head next to Millcreek Inn. At the parking lot we all had our masks on and stayed 6-feet apart. This was a small group consisting of Julie Kilgore, Cassie Badowsky, Steve Duncan and Paul Kikuchi. During the first part of the hike we socially distanced and we wore our masks while hiking. After we were away from people, we socially distanced and masked up when we encountered other hikers.
It was a beautiful day. The temperatures were in the 70’s. The large pines provided shade most of the day. When there was no shade, the skies were partly cloudy which made it an enjoyable day. We are very fortunate to have pine trees and lush green vegetation so close to where we live.
The Desolation Trail is unique. The elevation gain is gradual. We stayed on this trail until the turn off to Thayne Peak. The ascent to the top was short and steep, but it was dry and we had firm footing.
At the top there were wonderful views of Gobblers Knob, Raymond, Wild Cat, the Triangle, with North and South Olympus in the distance. Returning we descended down Thayne Canyon.
It was a very enjoyable day. The pace was leisurely and relaxing. This is one of my favorite hikes. I hope you all have an opportunity to do this hike soon.
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