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Gilmore Lake, Dicks Lake, Fontanillis Lake

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Desolation Wilderness

Gilmore Lake, Dicks Lake, Fontanillis Lake is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length 17.2 mi Elevation gain 3,956 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Waypoints (2)

Day 1- Glen Alpine TH to Fontanillis Lake;  overnight campsite Day 2 - explore Fontanillis Lake, hike back, visit Gilmore Lake, hike out

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Adam Kershaw
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Hiking

The first 2.5 miles are essentially straight up from the trailhead (about 1700' elevation gain). You see a lot of day hikers until you pass Eagle Lake (1 mi up), then people become pretty scarce. The next 1.5 miles of the incline go along a cliffside offering a spectacular view of Eagle Lake. Once you reach the top of the incline, the trail flattens out and even decends a bit until you get to the trailhead leading towards Fontanallis Lake. From there, it's about .5 miles of incline and another .75 miles-ish until you get to an area along the lake where the good campsites are. Dont be fooled by the map though, the good campsites are about 3/4 mile past where it says so on the map. the water was about 65* and felt absolutely amazing after a long day hike. The next day starts very similar to the first day, you gain about 1100' of elevation over about 2.5 miles. About 600' less elevation gain than the first day over the same distance. Once you make that climb from Fontanallis up to Dicks pass, you are treated to some amazing views once again. We counted 8 different lakes from up there, one of them being Lake Tahoe to the East-Northeast. Once over Dicks pass, its all downhill and very rocky until you get to Gilmore Lake. Try and get there early as Gilmore Lake fills up fast with day hikers and other backpackers. The last day is 98% downhill with some nice views of the valley below.

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Sasha Reber
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Hiking

Very rocky single track, river crossing, and a final mile long climb!

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AllTrails User
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BackpackingRocky
First to Review

This trail is fairly wide, especially coming out of the parking lot. It’s mostly uphill, a couple small river crossings, but there are logs to cross. The trail is made out of rocks/gravel, so I had to spend time making sure not to twist my ankles. Once you reach Dicks Pass, there is some snow up there (I was there June 19th, 2020). It’s beautiful up top. I lost the trail in the snow when I couldn’t find more footprints to follow. So, I tried to book it down the hill to the lake. Ended up slipping a few times and lost my iPhone with the AllTrails app on it! Thankfully I have a Garmin SOS Explorer with (poor quality) navigation, which got me through the trip with the help of my Tom Harrison map. I ended up camping on a hill above Fontanillas Lake on the end closer to Dicks (I still hadn’t found the trail by the time I camped). Waking up to the beauty of the lake surrounded by mountains and snow was incredible and stunning. It was a great workout and could not have been more beautiful. Not too many bugs, no poison oak, no bears bothering me, all in all wonderful!! Coming down from the top of the pass was a little frightening, but I think that’s because I did it wrong and losing my phone sucked. I turned this trip into a loop by headed up to the Velma Lakes and across the velma lakes trail over to the Rubicon River trail, up to the top of mosquito pass and to Lake Aloha for night 2 (much easier trail than the one up to Dicks). Lots and lots of bugs on that section of trail and more serious river crossings that required the removal of shoes while being eaten alive by mosquitos. Did my second night at lake aloha and back out to green alpine trail. Some people out walking, but I didn’t feel unsafe about COVID anywhere, especially once I got a few miles out. Lots of water too, which is super important. It was nice to be away from all the COVID stuff and out in the open.

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gabriel siegh
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Hiking
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Maureen Froyum
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Nicholas Elliott
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William Koble
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William Koble
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