This was perhaps the most ambitious of my jaunts thus far (for this summer, that is) with about a 3 mile give/take hike in and then 3 separate runs with mandatory boot-packing and scree hustling in-between, plus the hike out. We had a solid crew of 5 (including me).
Given that half of us were coming from the Bay Area and the other half from Nevada, we had a slight mix-up with meeting in the morning (there is spotty-at-best cell reception on the pass) as we were trying to combine car loads and save on the parking fees (we began the hike at a spot called Woods Lake). One member of the crew missed us and went ahead, scoring 2 runs before we met up with him at the saddle underneath Roundtop. From then on it was the 5 of us playing Children of the Corn. We had quite a cheering section, too, since the Roundtrop/Winnemucca Lake hiking loop is, what my buddy Stev calls, "The Disneyland of Carson Pass" (i.e. it's muy populario with la touristas). There was a large group of Japanese hikers at Roundtop Lake when we exited and we passed a number of Euros and inquisitive families on the way up and back. 2 fishermen stood at the edge of Roundtop Lake and watched us shred The Sisters run, hooting and hollering as we each came down, which was kind of corny, but also kind of cool. Best quote of the day came from a little girl who stopped to let me by as I was hiking down. She inquired as to why I wasn't hiking out in my boots like the other guy in front of me. I had to explain to her that he had "special" boots made for walking but that mine weren't as special (our buddy Cort is so core (he says he's just doesn't like his boots bonking around on his back) hiked the 3 miles in his AT boots!)
Roundtop/Sisters July 25th Pt. 1
Roundtop/Sisters July 25th Pt. 2