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Desolation Wilderness Adventures

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...

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