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      Desolation Wilderness is a federally designated wilderness area consisting of 63,960 acres of sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks, and glacially-formed valleys and lakes. Located southwest of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50 in El Dorado County.
      Desolation Wilderness is jointly managed by the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. For specific information on fees, permits, trail information, and the zone quota, visit Recreation.gov

      Hard-sided bear canisters are required as of 7/18/22 and are available at Taylor Creek Visitor Center or Placerville Ranger Station. For more info, call (530) 647-5415. USFS Bear Canister Info Link.
      Glen Alpine Trailhead google parking directions
      Disclaimer:
      Bear Canisters Required for All Overnight Trips.
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      47 hike trails

      Region Status
      Caution as of 14 hours

      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #10,837
      State Ranking
      #4,938
      Trails (view details)
      47
      Trails Horse
      39
      Trails Hike
      47
      Trails Trail Running
      46
      Trails Snowshoe
      1
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Total Distance
      142 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      52 miles
      Total Descent
      19,974 ft
      Total Vertical
      4,016 ft
      Reports
      27
      Photos
      29
      Ridden Counter
      513

      Outside Logo Articles

      Starting Today, Hikers Will Need to Carry Bear Canisters in the Desolation Wilderness
      Jul 18, 2022 from backpacker.com
      Area bears have reportedly become more aggressive in seeking human food in recent years.

      Photos of Desolation Wilderness

      trail: Ralston Peak
      1 |
      Jun 13, 2024 @ 7:55pm
      14 hours
      trail: Glen Alpine
      14 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 12:37pm
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      15 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 12:36pm
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      14 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 12:35pm
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      17 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 12:35pm
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      15 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 7:22am
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      16 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 7:22am
      Jul 11, 2023
      trail: Glen Alpine
      21 |
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 7:22am
      Jul 11, 2023

      Videos of Desolation Wilderness

      Hiking Mount Tallac| Desolation Wilderness
      trail: Cathedral
      6:48 | 65 | May 2, 2023 , South Lake Tahoe

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Ralston Peak
      Jun 13, 2024 @ 7:49pm
      14 hours
      Snow Cover Partial Still some easily crossed large drifts...sierracruiser
      Eagle Lake
      Jun 5, 2024 @ 3:53am
      Jun 5, 2024
      IdealAndymiff
      Ralston Peak South Approach
      Jun 4, 2024 @ 4:00am
      Jun 4, 2024
      Snow Cover Partialsierracruiser
      Eagle Falls Vista
      Nov 8, 2023 @ 4:21am
      Nov 8, 2023
      Icypaulmackey
      Tamarack Lake
      Sep 19, 2023 @ 8:07pm
      Sep 19, 2023
      DryTrail Running Overgrown, steep and neglected.tahoerdr
      Glen Alpine
      Jul 5, 2023 @ 5:13am
      Jul 5, 2023
      IdealBeautiful. Waterfalls running and he...dcRkX9
      Bayview
      Jul 3, 2023 @ 10:54am
      Jul 3, 2023
      Variablesinkie
      Grass Lake
      Jul 15, 2021 @ 12:38pm
      Jul 15, 2021
      Very DryRafalrogalski
      Genevieve
      Nov 1, 2020 @ 8:54am
      Nov 1, 2020
      IdealRobmay1955
      Eagle Falls Vista Tie
      Mar 2, 2020 @ 12:11pm
      Mar 2, 2020
      Snow Covered6-12" of snow on trail; recent snowshoe...sekbennett

      Activity Feed

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      sierracruiseraddphotoactivity #54099035
      Jun 13, 2024 @ 7:55pm
      14 hours
      sierracruiseraddreportactivity #54098933
      Jun 13, 2024 @ 7:53pm
      14 hours
      Andymiffaddreportactivity #53686589
      Jun 5, 2024 @ 4:09pm
      Jun 5, 2024
      sierracruiseraddreportactivity #53649293
      Jun 4, 2024 @ 8:30pm
      Jun 4, 2024
      BrianvIGz7ariddentrailactivity #53367218
      May 30, 2024 @ 8:53pm
      May 30, 2024

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      kylealexrtrailTamarack LakeVery overgrown hiking trail. We hiked up this...
      Aug 21, 2023 @ 11:35am
      Aug 21, 2023
      matuxtrailGlen AlpineThe first 1.1 miles is a road to historic Glen...
      Jul 11, 2023 @ 7:24am
      Jul 11, 2023
      deeppow98trailGrouseThis is all climb and some flat from the...
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 12:39pm
      Jul 6, 2022
      hankjtrailTamarack LakeBeen hiking Tamarack trail for 30 years. It...
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 9:58am
      Aug 7, 2020
      CalHawkeyetrailTamarack LakeThis is as of July 2020 ... this seems like a...
      Jul 27, 2020 @ 10:24am
      Jul 27, 2020

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      Emerald Bay State Park 14.3 km
      D. L. Bliss State Park5.7 km
      Wrights Lake 3 66 km
      Fallen Leaf 5 16 km
      Angora Ridge 1 3 1 26.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Horse39131 miles19,488 ft51 miles3,419 ft
      #1,8339
      Hike47142 miles19,974 ft52 miles4,016 ft
      #10,837#4,938292726424
      Trail Running46141 miles19,823 ft52 miles4,016 ft
      #10,778#4,8822752
      Snowshoe13 miles4,016 ft
      Backcountry Ski13 miles4,016 ft
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