Mileage: 5.1 miles (52%)
Start/End: Middle Velma Lake/Dicks Pass
Highlights: The single best sunrise of my trip; Lake Fontanillis views and swim
Day 10 was absolutely gorgeous from first light and I couldn’t help wandering in awe. Desolation is an amazing place and I look forward to returning. Middle Velma Lake is amazing, I can’t even imagine the larger and more remote Lower Velma.
Rather than stub my toes, I meandered down the rocky trails slowly, stopping often to take photos. By sunset I had scarcely crested Dicks Pass, and that was fine. Today was a day to enjoy Desolation.