Head out on breathtaking hikes in our own backyard, Desolation Wilderness. Of these 63,690 acres to explore, some of the more popular hiking trails are:
– Glen Alpine Trail: The Glen Alpine Trail starts at Lily Lake (parking available) and winds its way 3.7 miles until it intersects with the Pacific Crest Trail just before Susie and Gilmore Lakes. Along the way, the Glen Alpine Trail passes the Grass Lake turnoff (1.7 miles to turnoff, total 2.8 miles to Grass Lake). The trail begins as a forest service road but quickly turns into a dirt and granite trail after about 1 mile.
– Angora Lakes (Church Trail): Directly in front of the Fire House, the Church Trail heads a steep 1.1 miles upward to Angora Lakes parking lot. From the parking lot, a leisurely 1/2 mile stroll reaches Angora Resorts where you can enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. For a different route back to Camp, walk Angora Ridge Road approximately 1 mile north to the Fire Lookout and take the Clark Trail 1.1 miles to the Fallen Leaf Marina. From there, follow Fallen Leaf Road back to Camp.
– Cathedral Trail: Head out the back parking lot of Camp and scale the western shore of Fallen Leaf Lake to Cathedral Lake (1.6 miles) or continue up Cathedral Bowl and summit Mt. Tallac (4.2 miles in total). Take an early turnoff and head to Sawmill Cove where you can see Lucky Baldwin’s burnt-down mansion and Fallen Leaf Lake’s only tributary into Lake Tahoe, Taylor Creek.
– Mid-Tallac Trail: Unmarked on most topography maps, the Mid-Tallac Trail climbs up the southern scree-filled side of Cathedral Ridge from the Lily Lake parking lot. The trail nearly intersects Gilmore Lake before turning north, winding through a vast meadow, and climbing to the summit of Mount Tallac (approximately 4 miles in total).
–Pacific Crest Trail: The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly referred to as the PCT) stretches the north-south axis of Desolation Wilderness. From Camp, the PCT is 3.7 miles up the Glen Alpine Trail. Turning east at this point, the PCT reaches Susie Lake (4.2 miles from Camp), Heather Lake (5.6 miles), and Lake Aloha (6.1 miles). If one were to turn north at the PCT-Glen Alpine intersection, the PCT continues north over Dicks Pass, or a quick side-route explores Gilmore Lake (4.3 miles from Camp).
For more hiking information, visit the US Forest Service page for Desolation Wilderness.