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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

snow

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12 days ago

Recently I had the great fortune of hiking to Lake of the Woods with two of our sons. We took a chance, late in the hiking season, to travel a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. This wonderful little trail offered a variety of terrain, lakes and foliage. While challenging, in my current athletic ability, this well-traveled trail gives the day hiker and backpacker stunning views and beautiful scenery.

We had the lake to ourselves for two days. Clear sky and beautiful weather with temps in the sixties daytime and low thirties at night, made for a fantastic trip!

We will be back to this little gem again!

Although not as immediately grand as Lake Aloha or Clyde Lake, Lake of the Woods is really just as beautiful and has the added bonus of feeling even more secluded and peaceful. Plus you can always add Lake Aloha to this hike as it isn't much further.

hiking
4 months ago

We were aiming for Aloha but decided to head down to Lake Of The Woods en route. So glad we did! Despite all the smoke from the CA fires, it was a beautiful lake that we pretty much had to ourselves :) I can’t wait to do it again on a clear day! Rocky trail would benefit from hiking poles....

4 months ago

Great not only dogs allowed but Lama’s

4 months ago

Went to Lake of the Woods then Lake Aloha. Fantastic day hike. Took the water taxi both ways so it was only 7.3 miles. I've seen most of the eastern part of Desolation Wilderness and this was as good a day hike as I've done. Beautiful lakes, views, wild flowers. Highly recommend it.

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5 months ago

This was a gorgeous hike! Meadows with lots of wildflowers and many lakes to look at along the way. It’s a rocky trail for the most part with narrow passings. Lots of overnight backpackers on the trail. Recommend really good hiking boots.

Had a one night camp in Lake of The Woods. The lake es beautiful offering many great views of Pyramid Peak and greenery.

backpacking
Monday, October 23, 2017

One of the most beautiful Lakes in Desolation. A favorite destination. Climb the peak at the north end of the lake with the lone pine tree on top for a spectacular view of Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Had a great weekend at Lake of the Woods. I think this is the best place in Desolation to camp. There's an awesome rock face nearby you can climb that has great views of lake Aloha and the surrounding area.
Wasn't too cold this past weekend, didn't notice any mosquitos. The hike is pretty steep and rocky going up, have good shoes because the rocks get hard on the feet after a while.
If you catch a warm day on your hike back, don't miss the small trail down to the water about 1/4 a mile from the trailhead. We had a great time swimming around hanging out here

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

We camped at Lake of the Woods last weekend. It was fantastic! We rode the water taxi across both Echo lakes. We then hiked for a few hours and then picked out a nice camp spot on the west side of the lake (Lake of the Woods). The next day we hiked to Lake Aloha and then to Heather Lake. Fishing was disappointing at Lake of the Woods but Heather Lake was better. The mosquitos were out in force at night so bring long sleeves and spray. I highly recommend this area. Lake Aloha is full and still snow in a few areas. Go enjoy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Awesome hike. Backpacked into Lake of the Woods a few days ago. We did lose the trail for a little bit due to snowpack, and areas that have been washed out by melting snow. Wasn't a big deal as we were familiar with the area and also had gps on hand to help us out along the way. Overall it was a great spot to backpack to.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

A beautiful and fun trail. My family and I backpacked in June after a winter of heavy snow and the lake was still frozen and covered in snow. The second half of the trail was completely covered in snow and waterproof hiking boots were a must. Also be ready to filter your own water from the lake or small rivers running into the lake.

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