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Gems in Desolation Wilderness - 1

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gem Favorite Ropi Lake Sunset

Ropi Lake

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Recommended Routes in Desolation Wilderness - 12

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Favorite Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Difficult

Mount Tallac

9.9 mi 16.0 km 3,266' Up 995.6 m Up 3,266' Down 995.58 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Pyramid Peak with Lake Aloha in the foreground.
Intermediate

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

12.8 mi 20.7 km 1,434' Up 437.09 m Up 1,436' Down 437.71 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Spectacular view and you might see two or three others.
Difficult

Pyramid Peak - Rocky Canyon Trail

6.5 mi 10.5 km 3,915' Up 1193.24 m Up 3,913' Down 1192.8 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Stream crossings during extremely high water level period. Waterfall flowed down from Peak 8417 and flooded forest.
Intermediate/Difficult

Horsetail Falls

3.3 mi 5.4 km 682' Up 207.94 m Up 682' Down 207.8 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite The summit of Rubicon Peak offers phenomenal views out over Lake Tahoe!
Difficult

Rubicon Peak

3.6 mi 5.9 km 2,087' Up 636.21 m Up 2,085' Down 635.65 m Down

Tahoma, CA
Favorite Love Mt. Ralston, 90% dirt trail, lots of shade, well marked and maintained route. Lots of back for the buck on this hike a  surprisingly spectacular view. You won't be disappointed.
Difficult

Ralston Peak

5.8 mi 9.3 km 2,617' Up 797.59 m Up 2,616' Down 797.42 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite The view down to Leland Lakes from Schmidell Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rockbound Trail to Leland Lakes

10.4 mi 16.7 km 2,719' Up 828.65 m Up 1,528' Down 465.84 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Glen Alpine Falls during near-peak flow with the southwest face of Mount Tallac in the background.
Intermediate/Difficult

Glen Alpine to Lake Aloha Out and Back

11.9 mi 19.2 km 1,845' Up 562.29 m Up 1,845' Down 562.22 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Mount Tallac from Bayview Trail
Intermediate

Fontanillis Lake Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km 2,542' Up 774.82 m Up 2,540' Down 774.09 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Emerald Bay from Eagle Falls Trail
Intermediate

Eagle Lake Out and Back

1.9 mi 3.1 km 405' Up 123.45 m Up 405' Down 123.4 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Sunset at Leland Lakes
Difficult

China Flat to Leland Lakes

8.3 mi 13.4 km 1,424' Up 434.18 m Up 785' Down 239.28 m Down

South L…, CA
Favorite Grouse Lake Panorama
Difficult

Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,212' Up 369.32 m Up 1,212' Down 369.37 m Down

South L…, CA

Desolation Wilderness Hiking

  • 283 Miles 455 Kilometers of Trail
  • 12 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 31 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 8 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Desolation Wilderness - 27

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65.2 mi 104.9 km #1PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit)
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km #2Eagle Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA 20 
6.5 mi 10.4 km #3Floating Island / Mount Tallac Trail (17E33)
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #4Twin Lakes Trail #16E12
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
32.8 mi 52.9 km #5TRT: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
10.4 mi 16.8 km #6TYT: Meeks Bay Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tahoma, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Tahoma, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #7Bayview Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #8Pyramid Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
7.7 mi 12.4 km #9Rockbound Trail (16E08)
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Pyramid Creek Loop Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Photos of Desolation Wilderness - 159

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Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Oct 28, 2015 near South L…, CA
Top of Mount Tallac. One of my all-time favorites. Spectacular view I think it's the best in the Tahoe basin
Aug 8, 2019 near South L…, CA
Spectacular view and you might see two or three others.
Aug 8, 2019 near South L…, CA
The final scramble up Pyramid Peak is a doozy.
Jan 8, 2017 near South L…, CA
Pyramid Peak with Lake Aloha in the foreground.
Sep 10, 2017 near South L…, CA
Stream crossings during extremely high water level period. Waterfall flowed down from Peak 8417 and flooded forest.
Apr 8, 2018 near South L…, CA
Love Mt. Ralston, 90% dirt trail, lots of shade, well marked and maintained route. Lots of back for the buck on this hike a  surprisingly spectacular view. You won't be disappointed.
Aug 18, 2019 near South L…, CA
View of Sierra at Tahoe from the top
Nov 13, 2018 near South L…, CA