Seeking Desolation Wilderness Volunteers

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Seeking hard-working, dedicated volunteers who love working outdoors, educating wilderness visitors SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Do you love the wilderness? Are you committed to preserving its’ breathtaking beauty? Do you love working with people and spending time in the outdoors? Can you match your motive for volunteering with the mission and priorities of the Forest Service? Most importantly, do you have the time, willingness and dedication to volunteer and help preserve our most popular back-country natural area near Lake Tahoe? If so, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) may offer exactly what you’re looking for. The 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.  Those committed to volunteering are invited to attend an 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. Desolation Wilderness is approximately 64,000 acres of pristine sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks, and glacially-formed valleys and lakes situated in the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada, southwest of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Desolation Wilderness was designated in 1969, under The Wilderness Act, and has protections in place that aim to preserve this remarkable place for future generations. Volunteers work...

Exploring the Lakes of Pyramid Creek ~ A Desolation Wilderness Adventure

Go Off Trail And Explore This Stunning Chain of Lakes Near Lake Tahoe Desolation Wilderness, Ca - Pyramid Creek is best known for its 500 ft cascade down horsetail falls off HWY 50 at Twin Bridges as you leave Lake Tahoe Basin back towards Sacramento.  One of the largest waterfalls in the state of California, Horsetail Falls is a popular destination for day hikers looking to experience Desolation Wilderness up close, without a long distance hike into the wilderness. A moderate to easy 3 mile loop hike from the parking lot will put you at the base of one of the waterfalls last big plunges. However, Pyramid Creek's hidden secret is the chain of remarkable clear water lakes that are all linked together as they share the winter snowmelt from the high country and flow out to Folsom and the California water system. Stretching all the way back to Lake Aloha, Pyramid Creek is the main source of water for at least 10 Desolation Wilderness Lakes. On two summer visits, we explored the bulk of lakes on two long day hikes going off trail in the Wilderness to follow this wild and beautiful stream. A recommended wilderness adventure for your next visit to Desolation Wilderness. Access Points to Pyramid Creek and Desolation Wilderness: There are two primary access points to these adventures. The lower half of the adventure starts off Highway 50 at Twin Bridges. This heavily trafficked area provides visitors and passer-bys the opportunity to park and immediately walk alongside Pyramid Creek towards Horsetail falls. After the first 3 miles of easy to moderate climbing up the canyon...

Best Places to Hike the PCT in Central Sierra Mountains

PCT Segment Hikes near Lake Tahoe Exploring the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) is bound to become even more popular as the general public falls in love with the ideas and scenes in the New movie " Wild". For many who call Sierra's home the PCT trail is still something of a myth/ legend. So close to some of the best wilderness hiking in the world and yet because many carry the illusion that if you're going on the PCT, you must be an avid backpacker or just a little bit more wild than most. We often stay away from these local hikes. The truth is most people who experience the PCT Trail are average hikers out on a day trip experience. And in the Sierra Mountain Range, we are privileged to have many great access points to the trail as it crossed our hwy systems and travels near some our favorite recreational areas. Here is a short list of some of the Top PCT Hiking opportunities around Lake Tahoe and the Central Sierra Region. These Hikes can range from 2-12 mile hikes for beginners to 17-25 mile hikes for more experienced backpackers. Whichever you choose, we can pretty much guarantee you some incredible scenes, stunning mountain lakes and a chance to met some very enjoyable people on the trail. #gofindyourwild #goexplore HWY 4 - Ebbetts Pass South - On the top of Ebbetts Pass just past the Kinney reservoir The PCT crosses Hwy 4. On the South route, a popular day hike is to hike into the PCT and then south down the Wolf Creek Drainage.Hardier hikers can follow the...

Backpacking the PCT across Desolation Wilderness

Summer Backpacking near Lake Tahoe has many options, however the opportunity to backpack on the PCT into desolation Wilderness is by far the most sought after experience for hikers in the Central Sierra yearly. Backpacking into Desolation Wilderness provides visitors and locals alike a simple well earned separation from the bulk of the crowds and lets you enjoy the serenity and wildness of the desolation wilderness. However Staying on the Path of the PCT provides you an opportunity to check off one of the best segments of the famed long distance trail in the high Sierra. Here our our tips and favorite lake backpacking locations along the PCT. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ~ John Muir Lake Aloha- Desolation Wilderness Entering the Desolation Wilderness from the south is the most common route for most PCT visitors. The PCT crosses the Sierra on Echo summit at HWY 50 South West of Lake Tahoe. For many PCT travelers Lake Tahoe is a natural stop along their journey to find an abundance of food and to take a day off from the trail. You can often find hikers seeking a ride into town from Echo Lake during the Mid summer season around the Forth of July. For beginner Backpackers leaving from Echo Lake provides and easy travel along the PCT to Lake Aloha or Lake of the Woods (note Lake of the woods is not directly on the PCT, you must be willing to venture off trial .5 miles) Roughly 7 miles from...