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Best Trails in Desolation Wilderness

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on Island and Twin Lakes
2 days ago

excellent half day hike where any levels and age can enjoy

on Eagle Lake Trail
4 days ago

hiking

Great hike with great views

on Pyramid Peak via Lyons Cr...
7 days ago

hiking

Let me preface this by saying this is NOT a hike for the timid. After 5.25-mi hike to Sylvia, there's just 1-mi separating you from the summit, but about another 2,000' of elevation to gain.
The trail peters out after Sylvia, and from that point on you're on your own to find a way up to the summit. SummitPost has the scramble up the West Ridge rated as Class 2. I will say that this is one of the longer, and steeper scrambles that I've ever done in the Tahoe area.
After topping out on the West Ridge, there is a faint trail leading up to the final scramble to the summit. The view from the summit is highly rewarding and definitely worth the effort, but be mindful that the descent is equally as challenging as the ascent.
In total the hike took about 7 hours.

on Eagle Lake Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Eagle lake is incredible, a tucked away lake in the mountains. You can park at the Emerald Bay parking lot ($10) or Eagle Lake parking lot ($5). Parking fills up by 9:30 am so get there early! A bit strenuous at times for novice hikers, but definitely worth it. Bring a bathing suit and if you're up for it swim to the rock island in the middle of the lake!

on Eagle Lake Trail
8 days ago

hiking

This is a GREAT, accessible hike for people of all ages.

on Eagle Lake Trail
9 days ago

Good hike. Fabulous views of Lake Tahoe and eagle lake. Even had 9 year old, saw younger kids. Would do it again!

on Eagle Lake Trail
9 days ago

hiking

Pretty crowded, so It was hard to find parking, but the views are amazing.

on Granite Lake, Dick's Lake...
15 days ago

backpacking

Took our time and split this into 3 days for a very enjoyable trip. Slept at middle Velma and Dicks while stopping to swim at the 6 lakes along the way. Desolate, but beautiful

on Eagle Lake Trail
15 days ago

backpacking

Stopped here on the way to dicks lake and the water is perfect. Go from 12-5 to enjoy the best water temperatures and least mosquitos.

on Lake Aloha Trail
17 days ago

Awesome hike to catch 3 lakes in 15 miles. Walking on the rock trail after Echo is challenging because you've got to keep you'd eyes on the trail at all times so you don't trip or stub your toes, but so worth it. We did a day hike, I'll make it an overnight trip next time.