Backpacking on Donner Pass

mom, will you take me backpacking?

Shocked to hear these words uttered by my 8-year old hiking-averse son, I jumped at the chance.

We set out from the PCT trailhead near I–80, and took the Glacial Loop trail to the PCT. Another trail off the PCT, to the right, led us to Lake Angela and eventually Flora Lake, our destination. We swam, explored, swam some more, and had a peaceful night. Will definitely return for more. It was about four miles round-trip; perfect for a beginner.

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first time backpacking
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Stephen passing by Lake Angela
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Gus checking out Lake Angela
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Stephen and Gus on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Lake Angela
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Stephen at Flora Lake
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Stephen found a sweet, slightly sloping spot to chill
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Gus on the island on Flora Lake. I was happy he decided this island was NOT a good place to camp after all.

 

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macaroni and cheese for dinner
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s’mores for dessert

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Gus and Stephen going for a swim before bed.
Gus and Stephen going for a swim before bed.
I was freezing at this point, but they kept going
I was freezing at this point, but they kept going

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the last light of day. Donner Lake.
the last light of day. Donner Lake.
the view we woke up to, from our campsite
the view we woke up to, from our campsite
Gus and Stephen, ready to head out
Gus and Stephen, ready to head out
Stephen and Gus. I somehow managed to carry all three of our packs the last mile... it's a long story.
Stephen and Gus. I somehow managed to carry all three of our packs the last mile… it’s a long story.

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6 thoughts on “Backpacking on Donner Pass”

  1. AWESOME. Love that you get to share these kinds of adventures with your kids! You’re such a great mom! Love that picture of you and your boy! Thanks for sharing.

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