The weather report says that my home town will reach 113° today, ... Alternatively, I could make the trek up beside the cascade, then cut over past Lake of the Woods and exit at Echo Lake. Most of the following images were taken on the trip back but they roughly follow the route of the hike on the way to Lake of the Woods. For some reason, the trees in the Haypress Meadows area are very special. I later talked to a friend who is a doctor who indicated she may have had an atonic seizure. During the winter months, most of the trailheads are covered by snow and are not accessible. My first backpacking trip as a birthday gift from my wonderful husband. Of course I had seen from afar it from Pyramid Peak, which is … She woke up a short time later (her son was very distraught obviously) and looked at us with no recognition initially of who we were or why we were holding her up. It’s a curse, I believe, for breaking up with my sweet first boyfriend because his constant pun-making drove me batty.). 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. This gives you some idea of the elevation on the way out. Ropi Lake Desolation Wilderness: July 13, 2012. I am a lover of trees. I started researching the various satellite message devices which do provide some measure of safety because they can be used to message emergency personnel and even send an “I’m ok” message to friends and family. The hike up was less than 4 miles with an … The next several images are all from Haypress Meadows. We gave her powergels and energy chews and stayed with her until she was feeling better. It was luck maybe or something else that we happened to be there. I feel like I have learned quite a bit over the past few months but still have lots to learn. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness- John Muir I had been wanting to visit Lake of The Woods in Desolation Wilderness ever since I hiked out to Lake Aloha back in early June 2015. The jet stream trails were especially nice. Once motorists started making their way over Echo and Donner summits, the land became part of the newly formed Eldorado National Forest. Water color is just ridiculously beautiful here. Straight to Aloha, left to LOTW. Wilderness: Off-grid Hiking or Camping; Rules and posting guidelines: All posts must be flaired "Wilderness" or "Travel" Submissions must include a short paragraph describing your trip. In summer, the snow melts to reveal bare rock and dirt. Lake of the Woods. Ignoring the distortion on the trees to the left and right, the one in the middle looks just like you see it here. 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. So we stayed on the same trail we came in on back to the main trail. Like most lakes in Desolation Wilderness, American Lake is accessible from a variety of trailheads depending on where you want to start, desired mileage, and elevation gain/loss. The power of imagination makes us infinite. Desolation Lake; Dicks Lake; Lake Doris; Eagle Lake; Floating Island Lake; Fontanillis Lake; Forni Lake; Fox Lake; Frata Lake; Gefo Lake; Lake Genevieve; Gertrude Lake; ... Lake No. ... Lake of the Woods: From the dock, take the PCT for 2.2 miles with a … At one point, there is a junction in the trail to the right and down a steep hill where you can see Hidden Lake from above. These next images are out of sequence with the time of day they were taken. The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness-. It looks majestic from a distance so I knew it would be special to visit it directly. The area became a designated Wilderness in 1969 and is probably one of the most heavily used "Wilderness" areas within the U.S. Low effort posting of … The Desolation Wilderness is within the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in El Dorado County, California. Tallac, Bayview, Eagle Lake and Meeks Bay. Right now California is on fire everywhere, and in the Sacramento valley the air quality is horrendous. Here’s the weather forecast for South Lake Tahoe. From the northern wilderness boundary to the creek coming from Highland Lake, there are four downed trees, all between 25-32". After the brutal scree and abuse your feet have taken climbing up from Tamarack to here, the soft loamy soil in Haypress Meadows is very welcome. Must be nice to have one! 3 minutes ago. Somewhat misleading because this is from a GoPro and it has a lot of distortion on the edges. Without further ado here are the entire trip details: I love leaving Echo Lakes trailhead early in the morning, and this tree is one of the first that sticks out in my mind when I hike here. If you choose not to take the water taxi, add 5 miles to the overall trip. This wilderness area is in the Sierra Mountain range where rugged natural wonders rule. This one is my new favorite in Desolation. We both caught her by the arms, pulled off her pack and propped her up to prevent her from falling forward. One of the only pictures I have of myself working a camera, which is pretty cool. Finally, I reached the vast expanse of bare rock and water known as Lake Aloha. Or bring a bathing suit and go for a swim. The crest of the Sierra Nevada runs through it, just west of Lake Tahoe. So on this trip a buddy of mine expressed an interest in trying a hike with me so we made plans to start at Echo Lakes and see where the day would take us. ( Log Out /  Please note that Desolation Wilderness weather can be quite different. Desolation wilderness is not so desolate Signed up for a meet-up hike to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. It lies just southeast of Lake Aloha. After you leave the Upper Echo Lake area and right around Lake Tamarack is where the trail really starts to kick up. Dogs frolic through the May snowpack in the Desolation Wilderness. A helicopter buzzed above us in a zig-zag pattern and we wondered for whom or what it was searching. Just after we descended the switchback you see below, we stopped to talk to a woman who was hiking with her 12 year old son & dog. Talk about a great feeling and a really good way to give your feet a break mid-hike. Human waste must be buried in a 6”-8” deep hole at least 200’ from water. Some lakes have designated campsites (Eagle Lake, Lake of the Woods, Grouse Lake, Hemlock Lake). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I hear the cabins along this lake are on a 99 year lease from the USFS. Also, while the altitude is relatively high at about 7000 to start, it’s not off the charts high either. Welcome to the; Lakes of Desolation Wilderness; Home; About; Lakes; Notes Of course I had seen from afar it from Pyramid Peak, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to see it up close. I do hate the distortion in some cases tho, I was thinking of my friend’s extremely compact Nikon to which he added a wide angle lens with virtually no distortion, but it’s not waterproof and probably not particularly light. Dave snapped this of me shooting at Lake of the Woods. I had been wanting to visit Lake of The Woods in Desolation Wilderness ever since I hiked out to Lake Aloha back in early June 2015. We absolutely loved the Haypress Meadows area. Find an alpine lake, remove your socks and shoes and stick your feet in the water for a while. Feast your eyes on that ridiculous view! Anyway, I’m sure you made a well-considered decision. At waterfall camp, you'll have the opportunity to explore over 50 waterfalls. The Lake of the Woods is a backcountry glacial lake in the Desolation Wilderness of the Eldorado National Forest, southwest of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Lake of the Woods is a backcountry glacial lake in the Desolation Wilderness of the Eldorado National Forest, southwest of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California. Left to LOTW and straight ahead for Aloha. All are advantages for certain landscapes, hiking and adventures where you might not be able to hold a larger camera with the same properties. After that, it would be necessary to utilize the boat taxi and hitchhike six miles back to the car. At first we thought she was having a seizure. It includes lakes that can also be found in the parent category, or in diffusing subcategories of the parent. We decided to enter from the Echo Lakes trailhead at Echo Summit. We didn’t see any bears on this trip, but felt much safer for using these (absurdly heavy) contraptions. The Desolation Wildnerness is just west of South Lake Tahoe. I highly recommend swimming or at least soaking your tired feet in this lake! The crest of the Sierra Nevada is found here. From Highland Creek to the junction of 4-Qs / McConnell Loop, there are two trees, 21" & 33" dbh. Meek's Creek Trailhead is at the north end of the wilderness area along Hwy 89 at Meek's Bay. I’ve hiked at 12,000 feet and it’s a whole different ballgame than 7000 to 8000 is. Once past the Middle Velma Lake backpackers will climb roughly 200 feet before being rewarded with a stretch of 10 miles of wilderness forest to the West of Phipps Peak, which gradually descends out of Desolation Wilderness and back into the Eldorado and Tahoe National forests by Richardson Lake and headed to the famed Barker Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness … Lately though,  I have been yearning to about travel more off trail into the back country which isn’t the best idea alone… of course plenty of people do it. “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in”. Backpack to this secluded destination that's hidden from most of the traffic in Desolation Wilderness. So refreshing. Frata Lake, a sweet spot tucked behind Lake of the Woods in the aptly-named Desolation Valley. Many Fine Local Destinations Though this 2.9 mile segment from the Northern Lake of the Woods trail junction South down to the Desolation Wilderness Boundary there is a whole gaggle of trail junctions within this short distance, it's really not too confusing for the through hiker.. (I always make inadvertent puns, don’t mind me. North Desolation Wilderness Central Desolation Wilderness South Desolation Wilderness These three maps overlap so we can follow side trails to local trailheads off of the main TYT-PCT route through Desolation Wilderness, such as Eagle Falls, Bayview Camp, and Cascade Lake along the West shore of Lake Tahoe. Dave snapped this one of me on the way. Of course I had seen from afar it from Pyramid Peak, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to see it up close. It’s not that much elevation gain and not too steep either. Lake Aloha. Also, there is supposedly another route to the main trail head  & Lake Aloha from LOTW besides the one we came down on, but when we got to where it was marked on my map, we didn’t see anything that looked like a trail, just a straight bushwhack up through terrain that wasn’t much fun looking. Crag Lake, Desolation Wilderness. Which is why it is so nice when you get to the top and enter a lush forested area with some nice soft dirt as shown below. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. She had a large external frame backpack (we later guesstimated it was about 40lbs) on and a lot of gear and was sitting down on a log. Lake of the Woods, at the southern end of Desolation, provides a great introduction to the wilderness area and can be accomplished as a quick overnight trip or a longer day hike. Yes I know I say that in every post! After Crag Lake, the trail starts going up again over some rocky terrain and another creek to make the final 1.5 mile push to Stony Ridge Lake. Don’t forget to look up! Middle Velma Lake. It’s very wide, while also being super light and point and shoot , & waterproof. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Since it’s hard to know how your body will react at altitude the first time hiking, I figured Echo Lakes was a good choice for his first hike because  I know the route well and knew that we had an easy route back if the elevation or climbing was too much for his first time. Now, if you have a heart attack or are otherwise injured in such a way that you can’t use one it doesn’t do you a lot of good, except that these devices do track your movements and can be used to find your location regardless of your ability to operate it. I have a new tradition/tip for my hikes. Trail description: The trail to Lake of the Woods begins at lower Echo lake which is one of the starting points for hikes into Desolation Wilderness.There are a plethora of alpine lakes althis trail head and many backcountry hikes into some … Up here in the Sierra it was just fine thank you. This is the trail junction for Lake Aloha and Lake Of the Woods. Crystal and Aiden, if you are out there and reading this, I hope you are well. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. You can shave off a few hiking miles by starting at one of the Echo Lakes trailheads that are accessible via water taxi service. Submitted content should be of high-quality. The lake is known to contain Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout. The trees are especially incredible around here and the terrain is just gorgeous. See what I mean? The Desolation Wilderness region was established in 1899 as part of the Lake Tahoe Forest Reserve, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Hiking alone is great for when you don’t expect to be getting far off trail, especially in Desolation because there are always plenty of people on the trail during the day so you aren’t too likely to get yourself into trouble without hope of assistance. This is the southern gateway to Desolation Wilderness near South Lake Tahoe. As you probably have figured out by now, I typically hike alone. The Lake of the Woods—sometime simply called Lake Woods —lies northwest of the Echo Lakes.The one-way hiking distance from the Echo Lake Chalet is 5.3 miles. I saved the best tree for last. ( Log Out /  The lake is accessible by hiking west out of the Glen Alpine Springs Trailhead, Echo Lake (California) Trailhead or north out of the Twin Bridges Trailhead. Here you have the junction for Lake of the Woods. Maps are great! what’s the advantage of a GoPro? Lakes and reservoirs located in the Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California. The Desolation Wilderness is a 63,960-acre (258.8 km2) federally protected wilderness area in the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in El Dorado County, California. The Desolation Wilderness consists of 63,000 acres with over one hundred small- to medium-sized lakes within a subalpine environment of granitic peaks and glacially formed valleys. Desolation Wilderness Weather. I digress. It lies just southeast of Lake Aloha. She seemed totally fine and was asking us a question about the distance to Lake of the Woods as that was their destination, when she instantly passed out right in front of our eyes! From any of the Echo Lakes trailheads follow the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) into the … Trees are few and far between. I had been wanting to visit Lake of The Woods in Desolation Wilderness ever since I hiked out to Lake Aloha back in early June 2015. Now I had consulted my topo map before we headed to Lake of the Woods, but not close enough to realize there is a bit of a elevation drop down into the LOTW area. There are seven major trailheads to access the Desolation Wilderness from Highway 89 and Highway 50. As we explored, we realized that the Desolation Valley gradually flows down from Lake Aloha to the far end of Lake of the Woods. Haypress Meadows doesn’t fail to disappoint. A few tips if you’re packing into Desolation Wilderness: Bear bins are recommended. This article is about the lake. This is a non-diffusing subcategory of Category:Lakes of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.) . Originally, the native fish were Lahonton Cutthroats found … But you will be climbing non stop for a good 45 minutes on some rather technical terrain which is mainly the typical scree you find all over Desolation. We came across a large group right around this area. So just be aware that you are looking at about a 400 foot drop down to the lake and of course back up if you are not staying in the area long. It was fun planning and helping him with gear choices and advice. The Desolation Wilderness takes its name from this vast, central bowl of bare peaks and endless small lakes. This series of trail junctions represents a mess of local short-distance backpacking opportunities. After that we walked with them back down to Tamarack Lake and assisted with carrying her stuff until we felt confident she was ok. For the community in Kern County, see, U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake of the Woods (California), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lake_of_the_Woods_(California)&oldid=979467976, El Dorado County, California geography stubs, Articles using infobox body of water without alt, Articles using infobox body of water without image bathymetry, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 September 2020, at 23:33. Heading down the switchbacks towards Tamarack Lake. You stop to take photos with your ‘real’ camera now and then so you’ve got all the angles covered, so to speak. And what goes down must come up. Change ). ( Log Out /  It looks majestic from a distance so I knew it would be special to visit it directly. And this one is pretty incredible. I love it! This lake at the bottom of a glacier-scoured basin is accessible via the Pacific Crest Trail from the Echo Lakes by taking an Echo-Lake-Chalet-operated water taxi to the upper lake pier or by hiking 2.5 additional miles … The Eagle Falls Trailhead is off Hwy 89 at the end of Emerald Bay. wouldn’t you rather have a lens that doesn’t distort so much? Desolation Wilderness Trip Report: Echo Lakes Trailhead to Aloha Lake By Katey Hamill on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Three days, four friends, ten lakes, two peaks, thirteen miles, and too many packets of oatmeal to count. Scary stuff whatever it was. Also, the water here was as you can see, incredibly clean and pristine as was the air. Explore to find your campsite. It was neat to see Pyramid Peak from this perspective. El Dorado County's Desolation Wilderness in California is a federally protected wilderness area with many waterfalls and alpine lakes.Lake of the Woods is one of them. Photo credit: Maria. 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