Desolation Wilderness, One of the Busiest Wilderness Areas, Seek Volunteers

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 May 2019



Northwest Desolation Wilderness on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
East Desolation Wilderness and Mount Tallac looking down at Jobs Sister and Freel Peak from Phipps Pass
View Southeast from Phipps Pass across Northeast Desolation to NE tip of Fallen Leaf Lake, with the Southeast end of the Tahoe Rim beyond.
Closer, we see Mount Tallac rising highest on Right, with Maggies Peaks blocking the body of Fallen Leaf Lake. Jobs Sister and Freel Peak are the highest points from L to R in the furthest distance on the Tahoe Rim, sitting SE of the South end of Lake Tahoe. From Phipps Pass, on the Trail Guide. Map.


Tending Desolation, One of the Busiest Wilderness Areas

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit seeks Desolation Wilderness volunteers,
LTBMU-Desolation, May 8, 2019.


Volunteers Needed
"...LTBMU is looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors, performing monitoring or administrative duties, and are interested in preserving one of our nation’s most beautiful wilderness areas, the Desolation Wilderness."

Information Workshop
"...informational wilderness volunteer workshop on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 8 – 4 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150.'

"This workshop will provide information about different volunteer opportunities, along with wilderness history and ethics, volunteer training, and how volunteer help is important to the future and preservation of the Desolation Wilderness."

"...choose from a variety of project based activities including visitor education, wilderness staff support for office and field projects, back-country trail maintenance, campsite restoration, and wilderness character monitoring. Field projects involve hiking in moderate to difficult terrain and require an appropriate level of physical ability."

Time & Age
"...commit to a minimum of seven days for the summer season and must be age 18 years or older."






Trail Guide

Desolation Map
Click the Map for trail guide entries and more detailed maps.

Desolation Wilderness Permits Information


The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail


Bottom Line

Desolation and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Meeks Bay Trailhead
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail begins through its Meeks Bay Trailhead (trail guide) on the far  Northeastern edge of Desolation Wilderness. The Meeks Bay Trailhead is located within kicking range of the white sands off the very nearby Western Shore of Lake Tahoe. This proximity lends the TYT Trailhead a sandy surface runing West with the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail until we begin climbing the first ridge on our way to the Sierra Crestline.

Beautiful West Shore Lake Tahoe
The Meeks Bay Trailhead is located about 40% of the way along the very scenic and twisting route of Highway 89 heading North from South Lake Tahoe, at the bottom of Lake Tahoe, towards Tahoe City, located along the further Northwestern Shore of Lake Tahoe. (roadmaps)

TYT Joining PCT
Through the Center of Desolation Wilderness
From Meeks Bay our Trail travels 11.5 West to join the PCT (guide) in the center of the North end of Desolation, from which point we will hike another 17.21 miles South through the center of Desolation Wilderness to the Lower Echo Lake Trailhead at the Southern end of Desolation Wilderness.

Into The Meiss Country Roadless Area
Hiking another two miles South from the Lower Echo Lake Trailhead brings us to our entrance into South Lake Tahoe's sweet little Meiss Country Roadless Area (the map) through the Echo Summit Trailhead along Highway 50, where we begin our last 10.61 miles of hiking in the Tahoe Basin, to where we pass through the Gap in the Tahoe Rim that I call the, "Carson Gap." (miles).

Measuring Desolation
This puts the miles for our hike through Desolation Wilderness from Meeks Bay to the Lower Echo Lake Trailhead at 28.71 miles, and 30.71 to Echo Summit, and 41.32 to the Carson Gap.

TYT & PCT Miles

Meeks Bay to Echo Summit

Echo Summit to Carson Pass



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