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192 mi 309 km of trail 12 Runs

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 28 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails

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Gems in Desolation Wilderness - 1

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gem Favorite Ropi Lake Sunset

Ropi Lake

(2) South L…, CA

Runs in Desolation Wilderness - 12

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Favorite Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Difficult

Mount Tallac

9.9 mi 16.0 km • Out and Back • 3,266 ft Ascent 995.6 m Ascent

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

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

12.8 mi 20.7 km • Loop • 1,434 ft Ascent 437.09 m Ascent

(29) South L…, CA
Favorite View of Sierra at Tahoe from the top
Difficult

Pyramid Peak - Rocky Canyon Trail

6.5 mi 10.5 km • Loop • 3,915 ft Ascent 1193.24 m Ascent

(21) 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 • Out and Back • 682 ft Ascent 207.94 m Ascent

(22) 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 • Loop • 2,087 ft Ascent 636.21 m Ascent

(8) Tahoma, CA
Favorite Ralston, Tamarack, and Echo Lakes from Ralston Peak summit.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ralston Peak

5.8 mi 9.3 km • Loop • 2,617 ft Ascent 797.59 m Ascent

(16) South L…, CA
Favorite The view down to Leland Lakes from Schmidell Pass.
Difficult

Rockbound Trail to Leland Lakes

10.4 mi 16.7 km • Point to Point • 2,719 ft Ascent 828.65 m Ascent

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

Glen Alpine to Lake Aloha Out and Back

11.9 mi 19.2 km • Out and Back • 1,845 ft Ascent 562.29 m Ascent

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

Fontanillis Lake Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km • Loop • 2,542 ft Ascent 774.82 m Ascent

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

Eagle Lake Out and Back

1.9 mi 3.1 km • Loop • 405 ft Ascent 123.45 m Ascent

(11) South L…, CA
Favorite Sunset at Leland Lakes
Intermediate/Difficult

China Flat to Leland Lakes

8.3 mi 13.4 km • Point to Point • 1,424 ft Ascent 434.18 m Ascent

(1) South L…, CA
Favorite Grouse Lake Panorama
Intermediate/Difficult

Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake

4.5 mi 7.2 km • Out and Back • 1,212 ft Ascent 369.32 m Ascent

(4) South L…, CA

Trails in Desolation Wilderness - 26

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65.2 mi 104.9 km #1PCT: Echo Lake to Highway 80 (Donner Summit)
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
65.2 mi 104.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.5 mi 4.0 km #2Eagle Falls Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km South Lake Tahoe, CA 18 
6.5 mi 10.4 km #3Floating Island / Mount Tallac Trail (17E33)
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
6.5 mi 10.4 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #4Twin Lakes Trail #16E12
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
3.2 mi 5.2 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
10.4 mi 16.8 km #5TYT: Meeks Bay Trail
Intermediate
Tahoma, CA
Intermediate
10.4 mi 16.8 km Tahoma, CA
32.8 mi 52.9 km #6TRT: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
32.8 mi 52.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #7Bayview Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.2 mi 6.7 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #8Pyramid Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
7.7 mi 12.4 km #9Rockbound Trail (16E08)
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
7.7 mi 12.4 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Pyramid Creek Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.1 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #11Grouse Lake Trail #16E01
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.6 mi 2.6 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #12Desolation Wilderness Lakes Route
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult
3.0 mi 4.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
4.7 mi 7.5 km #13Ralston Peak Trail (17E41)
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.7 mi 7.5 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #14Glen Alpine Trail Spur
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.1 mi 1.7 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km #15Maggie's Peak Summit Spur
Intermediate/Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
0.2 mi 0.4 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #16Lost Lake Trail
Difficult
Tahoma, CA
Difficult
1.8 mi 2.9 km Tahoma, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #17Glen Alpine Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #18Half Moon Lake Trail
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #19Lake of the Woods Trail
Easy/Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
20.6 mi 33.1 km #20Rubicon #16E30
Intermediate/Difficult
Tahoma, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
20.6 mi 33.1 km Tahoma, CA
7.3 mi 11.7 km #21McConnell Lake Loop #16E06
Easy/Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easy/Intermediate
7.3 mi 11.7 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #22Tyler Trail #16e09
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.4 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #23Blakely #16E07
Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Intermediate
4.2 mi 6.7 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
1.3 mi 2.2 km #24Cathedral Trail 17E05
Difficult
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Difficult
1.3 mi 2.2 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #25PCT to Lake Aloha Trail (17E39)
Easy/Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km South Lake Tahoe, CA
3.3 mi 5.3 km #26Velma Lakes Trail
Easy/Intermediate
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easy/Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.3 km South Lake Tahoe, CA

Photos of Desolation Wilderness - 155

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Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac
Oct 28, 2015 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
View of Sierra at Tahoe from the top
Nov 13, 2018 near South L…, CA
The stunning view of the Desolation Wilderness from the summit of Pyramid Peak leaves nothing to be desired.
Jan 8, 2017 near South L…, CA
Jakes Peak from the snowy side of Maggies Peaks
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA
Sunset looking west from the bank of the lower twin lake.
Oct 30, 2018 near South L…, CA
The view down to Leland Lakes from Schmidell Pass.
Aug 14, 2019 near South L…, CA

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