trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
In 2008 I linked to John Fedac’s Tahoe Rim trip report:
… Hands down the best TRT leg is the 35 miles between Barker Pass to Echo Lake in the Desolation Wilderness over Dicks Pass. (With a side trip to summit Mt Tallac for its unparalleled Tahoe view) …
This summer I finally got the chance to walk a couple of days out of Tahoe myself.
Desolation Wilderness is a 63,690-acre (257.7 km2) federally protected wilderness area located along the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, just southwest of Lake Tahoe …
… a popular backpacking destination, with much barren rocky terrain at the edge of the tree line: it has extensive areas of bare granite. …
Fedak and I dropped my vehicle at the Echo Lakes Trailhead. Then he drove me to pay for my overnight Wilderness Permit.
Finally, after some consideration of how much time I had, he recommended I start at Bayview trailhead.
The weather was terrific, so, the day I was there, everyone was scrambling Dick’s Peak as a side trip.
I left a Summit Stone.
The view was terrific. But I spent most of my time trying to capture photos of the dozens of butterflies blown up top.
I camped that night at Gilmore Lake campground for easy access to Mt Tallac. The lake is only 1400ft (427m) below the summit.
I sprinted that ascent, in any case, early next morning … pursued by hordes of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are bad here. At some lakes. Some times. I got a bit unlucky. These were the first mosquitoes I’ve ever seen during many hiking trips in California.
Fedak had warned me. So I had a head net.
The highlight of my trip was the section passing Lake Aloha, a stunning glacier carved granite basin.
Here’s Pyramid Peak, the highest point in Desolation.
I finished here at Echo Lakes Trailhead.
A superb day hike is catching the boat. Romping around Aloha. And returning same day, either catching the boat back to your vehicle … Or walking the last bit, time and energy allowing.
See the rest of my photos from this 2 day hike.
Thanks John Fedak. 🙂
Check his annotated photo trip reports at Fedak.net.