This area is beautiful, desolation wilderness and all of it offers including the boat ride and some of the trails — it’s very scenic. Extremely rocky and lakes . the landscape, making for an outdoor adventure unlike many others. There can be a lot of people, so be prepared. Great swimming opportunities and maybe some fishing

backpacking
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Amazing trail! Our group did an overnight stay in Lake Tamarack and Lake Aloha. The trail to Tamarack was rocky with slight incline, but scenic and rewarding .After passing Lake Tamarack thats when the snow begins. As of 5/28/20 the rest of the trail towards Aloha is packed with melting snow so highly recommend taking the Lake of the Woods route because of easier and drier trail. Lake Aloha is still very much frozen but its still just as gorgeous and captivating. Will definitely head back at the end of summer to swim the lake!!

backpacking
icy
7 days ago

Beautiful area, but still a good amount of snow towards Velma and Dicks lake. Without the app it may be hard to stay on path with the snow on the ground. I ended up turning around right after Velma lake and camping by a smaller lake. Desolation wilderness is a beautiful area, but if you are looking for a clear path, now isn’t the time. Also if you do the whole loop, you have to walk along highway 89 for about a mile which is somewhat sketchy.

hiking
muddy
snow
8 days ago

Did this hike 5/26-5/27. Camped at Lake Sylvia and climbed Pyramid Peak for sunrise. The trail is very wet right now, and there is basically a creek flowing along most of the trail. The trail becomes somewhat difficult to follow about 2-3 miles in with lots of downed trees and some snow. Around the Desolation Wilderness boundary, the snow begins to cover the trail more. I basically didn't follow trail the last mile or so to the lake as there was so much snow it was pointless to try and follow the trail. The lake is frozen right now for the most part. The climb to the summit was also almost all snow from the west side. Would highly recommend micro spikes and poles.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
8 days ago

Beautiful trail! Extremely rocky for the last 3 miles towards Aloha Lake and the trail is a stream from the snow melt. Last mile has 2-3 feet of snow currently.

Fun trail. Lots of spring water coming down the trail. Lots of snow at the top and couldn’t find the trail down to the lake. So we made our own. All in all it is a great hike with nice views.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of scenic views. The trail has quite a bit of snow run off, so be prepared to get your shoes wet. We made it to the Lake of the woods split before turning back due to snow- we kept falling through and the trail was tricky to follow. We headed back & camped at Lake Tamarack which was pretty much snow free. Would do again!

hiking
snow
10 days ago

The trail is snow free until the intersection to head down to Lake of the Woods. After that it is basically 100% woods. You don’t need snowshoes, but they can help. My feet stayed dry the whole time in ankle high waterproof boots. Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods are both completely frozen still. If you’re planning to camp at Aloha, you get your choice of snow or a big flat rock.

so beautiful!

hiking
rocky
snow
10 days ago

Overall, I truly enjoyed this hike. It gave great views and the overall elevation was not very strenuous ( we had a 9 and 13 year old with us and they hung in there). A little past mile 3, it was a little difficult to find the trail due to the snow conditions. I definitely recommend downloading the map before you hike this trail. It definitely helped knowing how far off the trail we got when the conditions were quite snowed over. Also, for the current trail conditions, have a solid pair of waterproof hiking boots. This saved my feet and I was not miserable. A good pair of hiking boots will also help with the rocky terrain. Bats of luck and enjoy the views.

My wife and I completed this trail today, 24 May 2020. It was perfect! It was a nice and steady climb out of Echo Lake to above Tamarack Lake. Tamarack was still mostly frozen over, but both Upper and Lower Echo Lakes were ice free. Above Tamarack, there was some snow up and over the ridge into Lake of the Woods, but it wasn’t bad at all. It was heavily packed and there is a good trail of tracks so it’s difficult to lose the trail. Lake of the Woods was also still mostly frozen over, but the ice is receding from the shore. All in all, it was gorgeous with perfect conditions. Will do this trail again and again.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Great trail with good views, the smell of fresh pine in the air, and a satisfying end destination. In Mid-May, the trail was covered with snow towards the end making it unable to really finish the trail but we definitely hope to be back in August.

hiking
icy
12 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
12 days ago

hiking
flooded
snow
13 days ago

LOTS of snow still as of Memorial Day. Didn’t quite make it to Middle Velma as it was just slow going. Without my GPS I would have completely lost the trail. Gorgeous views and I look forward to trying it again a little later this year!

hiking
snow
13 days ago

Hiked 5/22 a few days after last snow storm. Trail had a snow melt running down it when not covered by snow. Trail clear of snow along Echo Lakes, patchy snow thereafter until shortly after Tamarack Lake when everything was covered. We made it to just under a mile before Aloha before having to turn back. We were hiking in trail runners and using poles. It was a beautiful hike, well worth the effort.

snowshoeing
snow
15 days ago

Hiked/Snowshoed in to Lake Aloha on Thursday, 21 May. Many people turned back due to post-holing. Recommend snowshoes if you want to attempt this hike for awhile still.

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