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Clyde Lake is a 14.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length 14.4 mi Elevation gain 2,923 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Snow No dogs
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This lake is the source of the Rubicon River. The trail crosses over Mosquito Pass from the north end of Lake Aloha. The destination is a beautiful cirque lake in Desolation Wilderness. The trail connects to Rockbound Pass, Emerald Bay, and more.

Popular trailhead, often crowded. Permit issues for Desolation Wilderness: you may have to hike all the way in one day to clear the restricted zone...

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Park Fallen Leaf Lake Trailhead, hike (up) past Susie Lake, Heather Lake, Lake Aloha, over Mosquito Pass.

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Dan Richardson
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HikingRocky

Great trail. A good workout. The extra climb to Clyde Lake is worth the effort. Prepare for Rocky. Rocky. Rocky.

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Connor Webb
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Did a two day trip to Clyde Lake. 8/1/2020-8/2/2020. Getting to Clyde Lake was a great workout. There was a lot of incline on the way there and could be considered very difficult if not in good hiking shape. A lot of the trail is rocky so wear good supportive shoes. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. This a great time to backpack desolation wilderness. Great views of Susie lake, Heather lake, lake Aloha and Clyde lake. I’ve camped at Lake Aloha before and loved it but if you’re looking for a more remote and just as beautiful area, Clyde Lake is perfect. Bug spray is a must.

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Conious Jones
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The trail seemed to be greatly maintained. It was easy to stay on the All Trail's mapped trail. I would have to say Aloha Lake was my favorite part and made the long hike totally worth it!

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Shoumik Chaudhuri
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Did an over-nighter from 8/1 - 8/2. VIEWS: An absolutely stunning trip if you're into lakes. This trail has no shortage of water sources, and gives you a tour of many lakes along the way. Views were fantastic and absolutely beautiful, especially in the Lake Aloha region. Great combination of forest, lakes, boulders, and meadow. Echo lake has some of the clearest water I've ever seen in the sierra, and the cyan color of some parts of Lake Aloha is amazing. The last push up the mountain pass into Clyde lake will give you some the best views of the northside of Lake Aloha. DIFFICULTY: Overall, not too challenging, but could easily be seen as hard for those not in shape. The hardest parts are the two major inclines: one at the beginning of the trail, involving numerous switchbacks, and one right after Aloha Lake as you make your final push over the mountain into Clyde lake. Plenty of flat stretches/flat "breaks" in between the climbs to let you catch your breath. Be prepared to work hard breathe heavy. TRAIL CONDITIONS: A very well maintained trail. Lots of signs and wooden/rock steps along the way to guide you. No overgrown bushes or any major trail-blocking obstacles. My only gripe is how rocky the trail is. Be prepared to be walking on a floor of rocks for about 85% of the trail. Lots of ankle sprain and fall potential so make sure to calculate each step. LOGISTICS: This hike is best suited for an overnight backpacking trip. Bug spray is an absolute must. Traffic on the trail was moderate at the beginning, but really thinned out starting at mile 3ish. I believe there were 2 other parties camping at Lake Clyde. Not a lot of camp spots at Lake Clyde, so try to get there early. If not, spend some good time exploring the area to find an ideal spot (lots of rocks all over the place so its hard to find a place to pitch a tent). We had to explore a little to find a small meadow to pitch our two tents. Parking is very crowded on the weekends. We had to park half a mile down east of the trailhead and walk to it to begin our hike. Overall an amazing hike and I'd definitely do it again in a heartbeat. Beautiful and rewarding tour of the Desolation wilderness lakes.

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Conious Jones
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Hiking

The trail seemed to be greatly maintained. It was easy to stay on the All Trail's mapped trail. I would have to say Aloha Lake was my favorite part and made the long hike totally worth it!

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T R
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The trail up to mosquito pass is easy and clear, then down to the lake there is a lot of melting snow covering the trail and making it difficult to find. And the MOSQUITOES ARE OUT!!!! We were nearly eaten alive everywhere between Suzie Lake and Clyde Lake. Multiple people we passed on the trail asked if there was a bug-free zone somewhere. Absolutely stunning scenery, but a tough day and lots of bites to take care of!

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Mike Siders
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Wow, this was an amazing trail! I’ve hiked part of this but never went to Clyde before. A couple highlights. Heather Lake is amazing. Once you make your way around the lake and come up the switch backs, there’s an amazing view overlooking the lake that’s worth checking out. Great place for a snack or just to relax for a bit. Lake Aloha from Mosquito Pass, one of the most unreal views I’ve seen. We hiked our way out a bit and found an amazing view overlooking Aloha, I uploaded some pics of the view. As for Clyde Lake. You’re going to hit snow once you get up the pass and it’s pretty tough the whole way down. We did our best to find the trail but it was a pain. On the way out, we just scrambled up the rocks and followed the direction from AllTrails. I’d recommend doing this on the way in too, trying to follow the trail isn’t really worth the trouble. Getting to Clyde was awesome though, there’s still some snow on the lake and it’s beautiful. I clocked in a little over 16 miles but we did some off trail stuff for the views. Definitely recommend checking out this trail but it’s a long day and you’re going to hit snow I’d guess for a bit longer once you start to descend to Clyde. Check this one out if you want a hard days hike and some amazing views along the way!

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Scott Mulvaney
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Best trail of my life. Camped at Clyde Lake for a couple nights and scrambled up the peak there one day. Awesome to say the least.

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Scooter Backman
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Hiking

This was an amazing trail. It's a great deep dive into Desolation with visits to multiple lakes and sweeping views, despite not including scaling a peak. Each leg of the trail is more spectacular than the last, and it's gorgeous from the start. The view of Lake Aloha from the top of Mosquito pass is stunning. There's still plenty of water in parts of Aloha despite it being so late in the season. I'm looking forward to doing this one again early next summer.

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C Ulbrich
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What a gem of a lake. well worth the hike.

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Amanda Faustine
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Started from echo lakes, past lake aloha, up mosquito pass and over to lake Clyde. Stayed the night here and it was gorgeous, no one around. FYI a few trees have fallen, blocking the trail down to the lake, but you can walk over them. Bring bug spray!! It was really bad down at the lake.

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C Ulbrich
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beautiful, well worth it.

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Nut Jon
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Hiking

Did a quick out and back hike to look for backpacking trails. Found my next trip This is now my favorite local trail. There was a cool ice cave right before lake heather and lake aloha was just beautiful! Make sure you bring mosquito repellent. It was impossible to stop at the first few creeks and ponds without being swarmed by them

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Anita Law
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Day hike starting from Glenn Alpine and ending at Clyde Lake. Pros: beautiful changing scenery, plenty of lakes, wild flowers, fly fishing, day hike or overnight, moderate terrain with not too steep of an incline and then levels off. Cons: Mosquitoes.

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Chris Pfeifer
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Backpacking

One of my favorite lakes. Still mostly frozen and the trail is covered. But it keeps away the crowd.

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Tony Hoang
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Favorite hike in tahoe so far!

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Gregg Pisto
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Backpacking

My favorite lake in the Wilderness thus far (I've been to about 20 of em). It's a bit farther from Aloha than our map showed, and the climb up to the trail split is deceiving, so allow a little extra time to get there (1.8 miles from Aloha/PCT split took us almost 2 hours). Once we arrived, we didn't want to leave. This is a hidden gem !!

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Ryan Sweeney
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Came in from Glen Alpine trail head in the first week of June. About 15 miles round trip, but a very easy day coming back out. Aloha was pretty buggy (particularly the north side) but it was early enough in the year that they hadn't hatched yet in Mosquito Pass or on Clyde Lake. Beautiful sheer cliffs with hundred foot waterfalls surrounded this small lake. There were probably half a dozen good tent sites, though some were close together and few are closer to river draining out of the lake than on the lake itself. I was lucky enough to have the lake to myself on Saturday night. It was too early in the year to be very buggy, but there was a lot of swamp/marsh lands around so I could see that changing later in the season.

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Anais Tomlinson
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We started at Eagle Lake Trail, backpacked around and visited some lakes, went through Mosquito Pass, and ended at Clyde Lake on our second night. This is a pretty little lake. Lot's of boulders, so watch your footing. If you plan on camping, there are limited spots that could fit a tent. Otherwise, it could be a good long day hike! I think it's about 10 miles from the Echo Lakes trailhead? Hiking out through China Flats was a nightmare though. It was during mosquito season and we were eaten alive! I recommend coming in through the Echo Lakes side rather than through China Flats/Rockbound side!

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Brian Siciliani
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Stephen Jelen
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John Simmons
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Jenna Gorrell
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Hester Wesselmann
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Chance Hollingsworth
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Taggart Ramsey
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Jessika Williams
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