About 1998 or so I climbed Desolation Peak for the first time. My friend Steve Evans and I rented a boat from Ross Resort, drove it up to the trailhead and then climbed to the top. There we found Marie ( the lookout ), had a short visit with her, ate our lunch and hiked back down. Glad to see the boat still tied to the Desolation dock ( not stolen nor drifted off stranding us )—- we motored back down the lake thankful there wasn’t much fetch that day ( somedays the swells in the late afternoon are 2 -3 foot high ). Here is a shot of me celebrating with a Starbucks Frappuccino safely back at the Resort. That was 23 years ago now. Yahoo !