Another cross country route, shown on old maps, heads more north from this same NW side towards Lake Winefred near the Rubicon Jeep Trail. During the winter months, most of … Tristan headed up to one of the rises on the mountain. We sell them, as do hardware stores and some other ski shops. Leland Lakes (Lower) 29 Jun 2014; 8125' Home; About; Lakes; Notes Desolation wilderness is not so desolate. Do not gather in groups. Land: Eldorado National Forest Wilderness/Special Area: Desolation Wilderness Area: Topo Map: Rockbound Valley O38120h2 1:24,000: Data Source: 1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map This peak was submitted to the Peakbagger.com database by Collin Kamholz. IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR VISITOR USE, 2020: DAY USE PERMITS: The use of paper day use permits is temporarily suspended in Desolation Wilderness for the 2020 season, due to the current COVID-19 situation. I might be too tired to be writing. Desolation Wilderness is accessed through 13 trailheads: Loon Lake, Van Vleck, Rockbound, Twin Lakes, Lyons Creek, Pyramid Creek, Ralston Peak, Echo Lake, Glen Alpine, Mt. Entering Desolation Wilderness from a new location. Coming up to the saddle we were greeted with this view of Highland lake. Lindsey and I just got home from a loop up in Desolation Wilderness. Dick’s Peak is a highly recommended pilgrimage for Lake Tahoe loving backcountry skiers. There are several trailheads in the vicinity of South Lake Tahoe, with access from Highway 50 and Highway 89. Dick’s is fun to visit from a different route each time and test your map skills, as this peak is hidden for much of your ascent. Red Lake Peak sports awesome views of the Roundtop area across the road, as well as killer distant views of Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe. The Tell’s Peak area is a rugged shortcut into Desolation Wilderness using the Forni Lake trail up to Tell’s peak where a faint abandoned trail goes off the NW side and down to Highland Lake. Desolation Wilderness is far from a hidden secret. The Desolation Wilderness is located just to the southwest of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50. We left on Friday after post-work barbeques and camped by the side of the road not too far from the trailhead. You can even see Freel-Job’s-Job’s Sister Trio to the west. Don’t forget to buy your California Sno-Park Permit for Carson Pass. A look back at Forni lake from near the top. Tallac, Bayview, Eagle Lake and Meeks Bay. The hike up was less than 4 miles with an elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet ( you start high). And while permits can be hard to snag, getting here is easy. Headed up the steep trail toward Forni Lake. You’ll be treated to glimpses of Freel Peak, Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, and full panoramic scenes of Stevens Peak, Meiss Country (including Little Round Top and its ridge), Kirkwood, Caples Lake, The Sisters and Round Top, Elephants Back, further southeast into Alpine County, and Hope Valley and Hawkins Peak. Also consider avoiding the wilderness during high-use periods. If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. In fact, it’s so popular you’ll need a permit to enter, even if you’re planning just a day hike. Not sure how he did that; I would just say it looks “really big.” The ridge to our right; Red Lake Peak straight ahead. Signed up for a meet-up hike to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. It is accessible from the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin. Easy marked dirt trail then on the granite there were stones lined along the way to … It is right in the middle of Desolation Wilderness, yet not too difficult to reach. Upon glimpsing Lake Tahoe, John C. 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