Visit desowv.org for everything you need to know and Rangers check permits OFTEN. Phipps Pass 8800 8.88 -720 2.62 . Browns, Rainbows, and Brookies. Thought it was a mountain cat at first! Day 1: PCT / TRT to Tamarack Lake – Lake Aloha – Heather Lake, Susie Lake. 3 day backpacking trip to the Desolation Wilderness. Lake of the Woods via Pacific Crest Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Twin Lakes: 2.5 miles from Trailhead, 8000 feet. The Pacific Crest Trail runs alongside the lake and provides the access to this area. We camped Friday July 5th- Sunday July 7th. Trip Overview: ~38 mile backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness near South Lake Tahoe. +/- 3,000 feet of elevation with a starting elevation of 6,970 feet and a peak elevation of 9,660 feet. You can get a permit online at Recreation.gov – Desolation Wilderness Permit or at the Placerville Ranger Station or the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The Rockbound Trailhead is from the northern portion of the wilderness and can be accessed by way of Ice House Road off Hwy 50 to Loon Lake. Brookies.This lake is planned to be gillnetted by DFG under the Yellow-legged Frog Restoration Program. English: The Desolation Wilderness is a 63,690 acres (257.7 km 2) wilderness area within the Eldorado National Forest, in El Dorado County, California.The wilderness is located west of Lake Tahoe along the crest of the Sierra Nevada. For Desolation Wilderness, there is a $5/person fee for the first night. Highlights include alpine lakes, granite peaks, and expansive views of Desolation Wilderness. Start at Echo Lakes Trailhead. Brookies and Rainbows.Clyde Lake: 9 miles from Trailhead, 8200 feet. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Echo Lake in the distance below! Open all year. Backpacking Phipps Pass down to Middle Velma Lake. The Desolation Wilderness provides a home for many species of plants, fish and wildlife. Brookies.Lake Aloha: 6 miles from Trailhead, 8100 feet. We were doing trail work along the way. October 10, 2015 August 15, 2019 Hiking Holly. Moderate to Strenuous/Difficult. Mostly Brookies, some Browns. Nov. 16 through the Friday preceding the last Saturday in Apr. Some Browns up to 17".Hidden Lake: 5.5 miles from Trailhead, 7300 feet. It is one of the most visited lakes in Desolation Wilderness and very popular backpacking destination. This snow can really take it out of you so stay hydrated, you got this!! Midges work great as well as Ants and Beetles. Brookies up to 17", Rainbows, some Browns. Finding Umpa Lake in Desolation Wilderness A Cross Country Day Hike . Dead silence was our night (except for the stupid sleeping pads). Mount Tallac 9.9 mi 16.0 km ... South Lake Tahoe, CA 3 Show More Trails Photos of Desolation Wilderness - 171. The two most logical starting points for an overnighter were the Glen Alpine Trail at Lily Lake and the Mt Tallac trailhead. It’s a perfect and quite appealing introduction to the area and there’s a possibility that it will whet your appetite for more exploration. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness- John Muir I had been wanting to visit Lake of The Woods in Desolation Wilderness ever since I hiked out to Lake Aloha back in early June 2015. Desolation Wilderness Trip Report: Echo Lakes Trailhead to Aloha Lake By Katey Hamill on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Three days, four friends, ten lakes, two peaks, thirteen miles, and too many packets of oatmeal to count. 5 trout per day. Eagle Lake. The Desolation Wildnerness is just west of South Lake Tahoe. A rocky, shallow lake often fishless due to cessation of air drops. This lake is planned to be gillnetted by DFG under the Yellow-legged Frog Restoration Program.Ralston Lake: 4 miles from Trailhead, 7800 feet. Brookies and Rainbows. We got to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 7:30 a.m to get permits right when they opened at 8! Hello Desolation Wilderness! Backpack to a Gorgeous Alpine Lake in Desolation Wilderness October 30, 2020 July 10, 2020 Mike Tebbutt I prefer to be heading out for at least multiple nights whenever I manage to get out backpacking, but when all you have is two days and one night, no place packs a punch quite like Desolation Wilderness. A young boy thought this small lake, off the beaten track, should be named "Grampa" but he couldn't pronounce that yet, and actually said, "Umpa", which the park adopted. Topo Map: Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha - 880 feet, 3.44 miles . Rainbows in lower section, Goldens in upper section. Have you ever seen a Marmot?! United States Forest Service Show More Show Less. 0 Trout. Brookies and Browns up to 17", some Rainbows.Half Moon Lake: 5 miles from Trailhead, 8150 feet. Embrace these moments. Elevation 7800 feet. Overnight hikers will need an overnight permit for Desolation Wilderness. Lake Aloha is a large shallow back country reservoir located at an elevation of 8,116 feet in the Sierra Nevada Range, west of Lake Tahoe. but no, just a Marmot. The Desolation Wilderness is within the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in El Dorado County, California. surveyed lakes in the Meeks Drainage: Lake Genevieve, Crag Lake, Hidden Lake, Shadow, Stony Ridge, and Rubicon Lake. Starting at around 7500 elevation, and end at Lake Tahoe, around 8500 in elevation. Fishless due to cessation of air drops. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. We completed this short distance backpacking trip over 3 days in July of 2018. und zwischen 5,895 und 9,980 Fuß über dem Meeresspiegel liegen. Goldens.Horseshoe Lake: 16.5 miles from Trailhead, 7600 feet. We got off trail a time or two but were able to follow footprints and get to the lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. After crossing over the falls, the trail continues up through a forested area before dumping you out on a large granite rock, which has impressive views of the surrounding mountains. The Eagle Falls Trailhead is … Just outside the Desolation Boundary. 2014-08. The snow makes it a little bit more difficult but it also makes it more magical!! Susie Lake is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Popular wilderness ages well under the eye of devoted stewards . As visible in this photo, the water was quite low for this time of year when it is typically filled with Sierra snowpack runoff. 2015-07. Hemlock Lake is located inside Desolation Wilderness in El Dorado County. Inlet stream for spawning. Half of this trail is covered. During the winter months, most of the trailheads are covered by snow and are not accessible. Overnight permit required! It can be difficult to find solitude, especially if you’re hiking to Lake Aloha or up Pyramid Peak on a summer weekend. Twin and Island Lakes are in area zone #32 of Desolation Wilderness, which allows 20 campers to enter per day, reservable via Recreation.gov. Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake 4.5 mi 7.2 km • 1,212' Up 369.32 m Up • 1,212' Down 369.37 m Down. Recommended Routes in Desolation Wilderness - 12 Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. in the late 1800's, brought Rainbows, Browns, Brookies, and Goldens to the area.Today, Brookies are the Water gets very low after August and the Max group size is 12. Echo Lakes Desolation Wilderness Trailhead Directions. This trail starts at the very popular Twin Lakes trailhead by Wrights Lake. After crossing over the falls, the trail continues up through a forested area before dumping you out on a large granite rock, which has impressive views of the surrounding mountains. Desolation Wilderness Fishing Update 3 (1997) The information is in from the latest DFG/USFS trip into the desolation: "We (Stafford Lehr et al.) 10 trout in possession. Lakes. This permit must be purchased before you get to the Echo Lakes Trailhead. Distance: 8.44 miles hiked; tracks are for 6.8 (per Garmin BaseCamp) miles. Desolation Wilderness . I’m so proud of you for your lust for life and adventure! I had been wanting to visit Lake of The Woods in Desolation Wilderness ever since I hiked out to Lake Aloha back in early June 2015. We were doing trail work along the way. Brookies. This wilderness area is in the Sierra Mountain range where rugged natural wonders rule. You can also take a boat across Echo Lake if you want to cut off 3 miles but we decided to hike it. Brookies, Rainbows, and Browns.Middle Velma Lake 4 miles from Trailhead, 7800 feet. Backpacking South from Dicks Pass to Susie and Heather Lakes . If the recreation area is open, at the junction by the stop sign, turn right and follow it to the end where you will find a trailhead parking lot. Desolation Wilderness is one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the country. Basics: Mount Tallac is a 10 mile hike (out and back) with approximately 3500 ft of elevation gain. DO IT FOR THE VIEWS! Instead Curtis and I choose the nearest backpacking “Zone” (the Desolation Wilderness permitting system’s oddly intense terminology) and spent the night at Cathedral lake, a short 3 mile hike down the trial, and then was able to be on of the first day hikers up Mt Tallac the next morning. Desolation Wilderness supports predominantly red fir and lodgepole pine forests with associated species such as Jeffrey pine, mountain hemlock, ponderosa pine, western juniper, and western white pine. Rubicon River: 9 miles from Trailhead. Fallen Leaf Lake Trail: There are five lakes and one creek to consider on this trail. The area can be accessed after snow-melt from June through September. Deep Lake.Rubicon Lake: 7.5 miles from Trailhead, 8500 feet. Some Brookies, Browns, and Rainbows.Susie Lake: 4 miles from Trailhead, 7800 feet. Lass dich inspirieren und mach dich auf den Weg in die Natur! East Coast –> Sacramento, California. Online bestellen oder in der Filiale abholen. See more ideas about wilderness… 30 miles . Goldens.Pyramid Creek: 5 miles of Freestone Creek below Lake of the Woods. Lyons & Sylvia Lakes. Next Previous. through Nov. 15. What spectacular pictures! Island Lake in Desolation Wilderness at Wikiloc. The stars here were the brightest i have ever seen. Everyone we talked to, also did not see any life in the lakes, this time of year. Note for backpackers: No Bear Bins! Over all, i would totally recommend this hike! It’s the second deepest lake in the United States, after Crater Lake. Marshy edges surround the lake. Desolation Wilderness . Desolation wilderness is not so desolate Signed up for a meet-up hike to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. Desolation Wilderness has been my favorite destination for backpacking lately since it’s so close to home, and there are so many spots and trails I still want to explore. It looks majestic from a distance so I knew it would be special to visit it directly. Echo Trailhead starts at 7400 feet.Tamarack Lake: 3.5 miles from Trailhead, 7820 feet. To camp at Fontanillis Lake, select zone 23 Dick’s Lake (total capacity of 16 during quota season). The hike over Rockbound Pass is far less crowded than many of the trails on the eastern side of the wilderness. The maximum cost for your permit is … fish. Trailhead starts at 6600 feet.Eagle Lake: 1 mile from Trailhead, 7200 feet. Brookies and Rainbows.Upper Velma Lake: 3 miles from Trailhead, 7840 feet. Meek's Creek Trailhead is at the north end of the wilderness area along Hwy 89 at Meek's Bay. Wir haben 41 schwere Routen in Desolation Wilderness, die von 3.7 bis 61.2 Meilen variieren. With 64,000 acres of wilderness to roam, over 100 alpine lakes to explore, hike part of the Pacific Coast Trail and walk with giant granite mountains, its truly a place your going to keep coming back for more. The crest of the Sierra Nevada is found here. Browns, Rainbows and Brookies.Azure Lake: 2 miles from Trailhead, 7625 feet. Headwaters of Rubicon River. This zone covers Fontanillis Lake. Brookies, some Rainbows.Island Lake: 3 miles from Trailhead, 8200 feet. This loop traverses over Rockbound Pass and Dicks Pass on its way to the beautiful Lake Aloha. Sara Lake - NL#1; Angle Lake - NL#2; 4-Q Lakes; Lake Aloha; Alta Morris Lake; American Lake Backpacking Phipps Pass down to Middle Velma Lake. Twin Lakes Trail is one of the few day hikes in the Desolation of Wilderness. Brookies, some Goldens. Strenuous. Part 3 of 3 flying East back from Desolation Wilderness south of Lake Tahoe to Jobes Peak at 12,500 feet then north over Heavenly Valley Ski resort and back to Carson City for landing. The reservation fee is $6. Desolation is broken up into 45 zones to camp in. We unfortunately did not catch any fish,  did not even see any fish. Life is full of stress and complications. Rocky Points.Lake Schmidell: 7.5 miles from Trailhead, 7900 feet. A wilderness permit is required. Island Lake in Desolation Wilderness has elevation profile graph too! Brookies up to 17". 5 trout per day. Desolation Wilderness, Middle Velma Lake. We got permits to camp at Lake Aloha, zone 27. So much to explore and see here! Of course I had seen from afar it from Pyramid Peak, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to see it up close. Desolation Wilderness is accessed through 13 trailheads: Loon Lake, Van Vleck, Rockbound, Twin Lakes, Lyons Creek, Pyramid Creek, Ralston Peak, Echo Lake, Glen Alpine, Mt. Hikers at Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness Lake of the Woods and Ropi Lake Trail. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Difficult. On the second day we did a day hike up to Mt. Makes you think, why live a life not being about to see these stars every night. Granite Lake, Desolation Wilderness. Lake Aloha2018. The view from my first camp near Lake Aloha. As with almost all of the zones in Desolation Wilderness, there is more than one trailhead to choose from as your entry/exit point, as was the case for us. Rainbows, up to 15".Fontanilis Lake: 4.5 miles from Trailhead, 8400 feet. Visiting Mt. Miles: 6.5. The main trailhead is just a few miles west of South Lake Tahoe, though this peak can also be reached from Gilmore Lake and other areas deeper in Desolation Wilderness. Trailhead starts at Loon Lake, 6400 feet. The Desolation Wilderness is laced with over 150 miles of trails, and offers many great options for both day hikes and backpacks. Why we loved Twin Lakes Trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Brookies and Rainbows.Phipps Lake: 9 miles from Trailhead, 8500 feet. Starting off at Echo Lake. Rocky Points.Heather Lake: 5 miles from Trailhead, 7900 feet. With 64,000 acres of wilderness to roam, over 100 alpine lakes to explore, hike part of the Pacific Coast Trail and walk with giant granite mountains, its truly a place your going to keep coming back for more. No restrictions. Rockbound Lake: 6.5 miles from Trailhead, 6400 feet. The view of Emerald Bay on the hike out. Die Wildnis der Verwüstung befindet sich im Verwaltungsbezirk Eldorado National Forest und Lake Tahoe Basin in El Dorado County, Kalifornien. surveyed lakes in the Meeks Drainage: Lake Genevieve, Crag Lake, Hidden Lake, Shadow, Stony Ridge, and Rubicon Lake. Lawrence Lake in Desolation Wilderness Lawrence Lake is secluded, offers level campsites, and is a perfect basecamp to explore surrounding lakes and waterfalls. Susie and Heather Lakes Desolation Wilderness : Desolation Wilderness Meeks Bay to Susie Lake . Brookies, Browns, and Rainbows.Gilmore Lake: 4 miles from Trailhead, 8300 feet. Brookies. On my last trip across the length of Desolation Wilderness I emerged from Desolation Wilderness through the Lower Echo Lake trailhead on September 17, 2009. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the length of the wilderness, and its proximity to roads makes it one of the more easily accessible wildernesses in the Sierra. Brookies. 10+ miles. Lyons & Sylvia Lakes. Nymph #10-16Caddis Emerger #14-18Emergent Sparkle Pupa #14-18Burk's Hunchback Infrequens #14-16, The Desolation Wildnerness is just west of South Lake Tahoe. 10 trout in possession Desolation Wilderness Hike to Dick’s Lake (1-3 Days) This Desolation Wilderness backpacking hike will take you through 12+ miles of beautiful scenery and alpine lakes! Follow the signs to Wrights Lake and park at the Rockbound Trailhead. medium-sized lakes within a subalpine environment of granitic peaks and glacially formed valleys. Eagle Lake. Follow Wrights Lake Road until you reach Wrights Lake. The trailhead serves the Granite Lake route and the Cascade Falls trail. Change ), Recreation.gov – Desolation Wilderness Permit. Bear left at 4.0 miles, continue southeast by going left at a trail fork at 4.6 miles, and then reach, at 4.9 miles, the north shore of aptly named Lake of the Woods, which rivals Lake Aloha in popularity because of its numerous campsites. Wright's Lake Trailhead: There are seven lakes to consider. Desolation Wilderness. You’ll discover panoramic views of the Desolation Wilderness mountain range and Lake Tahoe! I love finding beauty in unexpected places! The Desolation Wilderness consists of 63,000 acres with over one hundred small- to Brookies and Rainbows up to 17".Ropi Lake: 7 miles from Trailhead, 7600 feet. Lawrence Lake, June 2013: Directions: Take Highway 50 E and turn north on Ice House Road. Description. 2014-07. If you take the Echo Lake trailhead you can take the water taxi and save 3 miles. Desolation Wilderness Day: 3. If you wanted to cover more ground you could camp at Island Lake on night one, hike over to Lake Aloha for night 2, and then hike out on the last day. Day hikers, pick up your permit at the self serve area at the trailhead. I had two back-to-back conferences in California on consecutive weeks (San Jose the first week and Lake Tahoe for the second week). There are seven major trailheads to access the Desolation Wilderness from Highway 89 and Highway 50. Deep Lake.Lawrence Lake: 5.5 miles from Trailhead, 7800 feet. Map Distance: about 3 miles to Cathedral Lake, then just under 2.5 more up to the peal of Mt Tallac. Desolation Wilderness and the South Lake Tahoe Basin by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (2003-08-26) | | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Our first view of Lake Aloha, which stretches out for 3.5 miles in the Desolation Wilderness. Echo Lake and Ralston Trails: There are five lakes and one creek to consider. Hello Desolation Wilderness! Desolation Wilderness, as most know, is hardly Desolated so I’m always looking for places that may not get too much foot traffic. Wright's Lake Trailhead is from Ice House Road off Hwy 50. To reach Granite Lake in Desolation Wilderness, start at the Bayview trailhead near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Of course I had seen from afar it from Pyramid Peak, which is one of the… The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. The Eagle Falls Trailhead is off Hwy 89 at the end of Emerald Bay. 2014-08. He hung out around our campsite all morning. Brookies and Goldens.Smith Lake: 2.5 miles from Trailhead, 8700 feet. Brookies up to 17". 10 miles of wild river. They are considered “large squirrels.”  What a wild, funny, interesting creature! ( Log Out /  It can be reached by taking Wrights Lake Road off of Highway 50. You will climb for about 2-3 miles. Welcome to the; Lakes of Desolation Wilderness; Home; About; Lakes; Notes Desolation Wilderness is located just across from the majestic Lake Tahoe. Rainbows and Brookies. 2015-07. Drive 0.6 mile, bear left onto Echo Lakes Road, and then take another immediate left. The east side, outlet area. Desolation Wilderness backpacking loop. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Difficult. Trailhead: Mt Tallac Trailhead, Follow signs for the trailhead on Mt Tallac Rd off of Hwy 89 south of Emerald Bay. Desolation Wilderness. October 10, 2015 August 15, 2019 Hiking Holly. Twin Lakes Trail is one of the few day hikes in the Desolation of Wilderness. American River, South Fork, and their tributaries above Folsom Lake (Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine cos.): Last Saturday in Apr. Brookies and Rainbows.Lower Velma Lake: 4 miles from Trailhead, 7760 feet. It is almost a little creepy how silent it was last night. Absolutely amazing! area from Lake Tahoe. Desolation Wilderness (Lake Tahoe Area, California) 5/31/2018 2 Comments Trip date: May 19-21, 2018. If you decide to go, please practice Leave No Trace. and do not be fooled, BRING SUNSCREEN! The hillside is covered in snow. I knew there was going to be snow, i just didn’t know there was going to be THAT MUCH snow. The snowbound shores of Granite Lake. It is accessible from the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin. Eagle Falls Trail: There are seven lakes to consider on this trail. Ther are No campfires allowed at all in this Wilderness Area (year-round) and The infamous Lake Aloha is a great 4-mile round trip day hike from Susie Lake. became a designated Wilderness in 1969 and is probably one of the most heavily used "Wilderness" If the campground is open, you might be able to park close to the trail as there are a few spots up next to the actual trailhead. You are required to have a permit.. 70% of the permits are reserved online in advanced and 30% are saved for first come first serve. Desolation Wilderness. Add Your Recommended Routes. The area Brookies, Rainbows, and Browns. Add Your Photos. Desolation Wilderness is in north-central California along the eastern border, 3-1/2 hours northeast of San Francisco, 2 hours east of Sacramento, and 1 hour southwest of Reno, Nevada. There are seven major trailheads to access the Desolation Wilderness from Highway 89 and Highway 50. Highlights include alpine lakes, granite peaks, and expansive views of Desolation Wilderness. It's bounded by logging roads and operations to the north and west, Lake … Getting There. From Wright's Lake, a cutoff trail goes to Lyons Creek and connects with the Lyon's Creek Trail.Lyons Lake: 5.25 miles from Trailhead, 8400 feet. McConnell Lake Loop. Fishless due to cessation of air drops. Lake Aloha is a 12.5 mile out and back moderate trail. Trout planting, starting Rainbows up to 17".McConnell Lakes: 18 miles from Trailhead, 7750 feet. Connecting with nature at this level is truly one of life’s pure pleasures. Island Lake in Desolation Wilderness at Wikiloc. most prevalent since they can spawn within non-moving waters. Contains Brookies.Sylvia Lake: 5.25 miles from Trailhead, 8100 feet. The junction for the last 1/3 mile of trail to Lake #3. Trailhead starts at 7000 feet. For our 3-day trip, we just kept the same camp at Island lake both nights. Contains Brookies. With an elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m) and depth of 1,645 ft (501 m), Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the Sierra Nevadas. Price and enjoyed the awesome view of Lake Aloha. Rocky Points.Stony Ridge Lake: 6.5 miles from Trailhead, 7820 feet. Reaching some of the famous Desolation Wilderness granite areas, the views open up to the east to show Silver Peak towering high above this area. Desolation Wilderness is one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the country. Brookies, some Rainbows.Dick's Lake: 4 miles from Trailhead, 8420 feet. Mostly Lake Trout. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Suggested Flies for Desolation Wilderness:Sierra Tahoe Hatch Selection, Dries:Clark's Little Yellow Stonefly #12-16Yellow Madame X #12-14Stimulator #6-12Royal Trude #12-14X-Caddis,Olive #14-18Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Nymphs:Gold Ribbed Hares Ear #12-14Birds Nest #12-14A.P. Brookies, Rainbows, some Lahonton Cuts. Shallow shoreline.Crag Lake: 5.0 miles from Trailhead, 7400 feet. These gorgeous teal frozen slush ponds catch your eye everywhere you turn. After the recent rainstorm there was water everywhere, including a series of waterfalls which were just off the east side of the trail. Click here to read more about the deadlines and application process for Desolation Wilderness backcountry permits . We all go some sort of sunburn. Related Posts. Buck Island Lake: 6.0 miles from Trailhead, 6430 feet. Desolation Wilderness Hiking. Phipps Pass 8800 8.88 -720 2.62 . China Flat to Leland Lakes 8.3 mi 13.4 km • 1,424' Up 434.18 m Up • 785' Down 239.28 m Down. Wilderness areas give great opportunity for solitude and recreation and they are backpackers’ favorite because of their beautiful multi-day hiking trails. Brookies, Browns, and Rainbows.Highland Lake: 18 miles from Trailhead, 7820 feet. After studying the map I bit I settled in the area to the South of Lake Aloha - Channel Lakes, American Lake and Waca Lake. Maud Lake is the headwaters for the Jones Fork.Lake Lois: 6.5 miles from Trailhead, 8300 feet. Using All Trails, Lake Aloha is a 12.5 mile out and back moderate trail. I had only seen the milky way once in Jackson Hole, Wy, but this was brighter. Trip Overview: ~12 mile relaxing backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness. South L…, CA. 10+ miles. Day 1 – Choosing a Route Through Desolation Wilderness. Trailhead starts at 6200 feet.Genevieve Lake: 4.5 miles from Trailhead, 7350 feet. Drive US Highway 50 for 5.1 miles southwest of its southerly intersection with CA Highway 89 and 1.8 miles east of the Sierra at Tahoe Resort, and then take the road on the north side of Highway 50 signed for Berkeley Camp and Echo Lake. The hike over Rockbound Pass is far less crowded than many of the trails on the eastern side of the wilderness. Desolation Wilderness: 3 Day Backpacking – Lake Aloha Scroll down to content. McConnell Lake … (You can leave your car at the Lake Echo parking lot, get there early for a spot!). Silence. Most of the waters within the Desolation area were barren. We also have OnXMaps, that we can use offline. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Starting at the Bayview Campground off of HWY 89, the hike to Dick’s Lake begins at a consistent incline. Lake of the Woods: 5 miles from Trailhead, 8060 feet. The #tahoerimtrail and #pacificcrestrail travel directly through. But ignore the stated speed. Feb 12, 2018 - #DesolationWilderness is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. Strenuous. The trail from Dicks Pass to Susie Lake drops 1590 feet of elevation in 2.93 miles. We completed this short distance backpacking trip over 3 days in July of 2018. Susie Lake marks the bottom of our descent from Dicks Pass. 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