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Project Category: Sierra Hiking Trails & Experiences

Desolation Wilderness Recreation Guide

Desolation Wilderness Recreation Guide Welcome to Desolation Wilderness, 63,960 acres of sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks, and glacially-formed valleys and lakes.  It is located west of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50 in El Dorado County.  Our Most Recent Desolation Adventure Destination Reviews Desolation Wilderness Recreation Guide Backcountry Fishing, Backpacking Trails, Camping, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Hiking Trails & Experiences, Wilderness Hikes Toem Lake ~ Desolation Wilderness Backcountry Fishing, Backpacking Trails, Desolation Wilderness, Wilderness Hikes Desolation Wilderness Hikes – Bayview Trailhead Desolation Wilderness, Wilderness Hikes Avalanche and Pitt Lakes ~ Desolation Wilderness Backcountry Fishing, Backpacking Trails, Desolation Wilderness, Fishing,...

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Avalanche and Pitt Lakes ~ Desolation Wilderness

Of the thousands of visitors to Pyramid Creek Recreational Area each season, The majority of visitors miss out on the stunning beauty of Avalanche and Pitt Lakes which lie at the top Horsetail falls, some 1900 feet above where they parked their cars.  Avalanche and Pitt Lakes are great backpack locations and are often visited by day trip fisherman in the summer, but most visitors only wonder what sits up top of Horsetail Falls, One of the tallest Waterfalls in California. Shortly after ascending the crumbled rock bluff adjacent to the falls visitors who brave the trek are greeted...

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Nobel Lake Hike Via Nobel Canyon

Nobel Lake Trail is accessed off HWY 4 in Alpine County entering into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. “Life is a journey and not a destination” –Dr. Lynn H. Hough 10 – 10.5 miles round trip- Rated Moderate Hike  Sierra Rec Trail Review – By Tom Trelenberg – Looking for a hike with diverse landscape including forest, high Sierra volcanic terrain, bristlecone pines, creek crossings and vista views. You might enjoy the journey of this classic Carson Iceberg Wilderness hike. Below is a snap shot of my first visit to Nobel Lake and the exploration / journey I had to...

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A Great Day Hike To North Dome In Yosemite National Park

A Great Day Hike or Backpack Adventure to North Dome Are you making a Bucket list of Hikes you wish to complete in Yosemite?  Or maybe looking for a great day hike adventure for the family? Then take our advice and add North Dome to that list of must-do hikes in Yosemite National Park. Then take our advice and add North Dome to that list of must-do hikes in Yosemite National Park. There are prettier hiking trails with better on trail views in Yosemite National Park, however, you will be very hard pressed to find a location with the...

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Meiss Lake and Meadow

Meiss Lake and Meiss Meadow, a great day trip & place to explore. Meiss Meadow is located off the PCT and TRT in the South Lake Tahoe Region. Referred to as Meiss Country, the Meiss Family used this area as Cattle Farmers and the summer ranch cabin and barn are still standing near the junction of the Tahoe Rim Trail and the PCT. Meiss Lake is a shallow mountain lake that offers a warmer chest deep swimming experience to summer hikers.  Located Just South of Round Lake off the Tahoe Rim Trail. Meiss Lake and Meadow are easily accessed through...

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Showers Lake – A Great Day Hike or Backpack Trip

Showers Lake Recreational Area Showers Lake is described as one of the prettiest Lakes in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It, therefore, is also one of the favorite locations for local backpackers and Lake Tahoe visitors  along with a preferred destination for spring & summer wildflowers hikes Showers Lake can be accessed by three different trail starts but is recommended to be accessed at the Carson Pass Trail Head for the easiest access point. Located on the PCT, Showers lake is a great day hike from Carson Pass at 5.1 miles (feels shorter) this day hike from the Carson pass includes two hills...

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20 Lakes Basin Hike

20 Lakes Basin Location: Located Behind saddlebag Lake off Tioga Pass – elevation 10,ooo plus feet Route:  8 Miles Plus Moderate Rocky trail Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Photography, Backcountry skiing How To Get to 20 Lakes Basin:  Travel up HWY 120  (Tioga Pass out of Lee Vining) about 10 miles, take Saddlebag Lake Recreational turn off North. (Road partly paved, part dirt., Most vehicles can make it back to lake) Park at Saddlebag Lake Recreational Parking. Toilets available, Bear Box Available. West Rout Cross Dam for the trailhead,  Eastern Route follow Road.  1.5 Miles around Saddlebag Lake to the 20 Lakes...

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Exploring PG&E Recreational Lakes Near Blue Lakes in Alpine County Ca

The Blue Lakes and Blues Lakes Recreational Camping Area off HWY 88 in Alpine County is a very popular destination for local and regional campers in the summer.  In the Winter this area is only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skiing. This set of PG&E managed lakes/reservoirs are part of the California water & power system but provide some of our favorite day trip recreation in the central Sierra and Lake Tahoe region. A trip down Blue Lakes Hwy, located a few miles south of the Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 interchange headed toward Kirkwood, is a very scenic representation of the...

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Hiking To Marlette Lake From Chimney Beach in Lake Tahoe

A Sierra Rec Magazine Adventure Guide –  Hiking to Marlette Lake There are three main routes to get to Marlette Lake. Marlette Lake – is Located on the East Side of Lake Tahoe adn sits at approx 7800′ in the Sierra Range betweeen Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Marlette Lake is one of two natural lakes (the other is Incline Lake near the Tahoe Meadows) that were deepened via small dams in the late 1800s to increase their depth. Their water was them run along flumes to Tunnel Creek to send timber through the Carson Range to the Carson...

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Placer Big Trees Grove

Placer Big Trees grove is the most northerly stand of naturally occurring Giant Sequoias, Sequoiadendron giganteum, and is found 22 miles east of Foresthill overlooking the Middle Fork American River. This area has been designated as a Botanical Special Interest Area by the Forest Service. The trees have been a popular tourist attraction since the 1800s and each bears the name of a prominent American. A nature trail and picnic area offer visitors a nice lunch or rest stop. This is a great day trip out of Reno, Carson City or Sacramento area. Here is a review from a local writer in the area: http://www.calexplornia.com/big-trees-grove-placer-countys-giant-sequoia-anomaly/ From Sacramento Take I-80 to Forest Hill Rd exit outside of Auburn, drive roughly 17 mile til you reach town of Foresthill. Make a right on Mosquito Ridge Road, then follow curvy road for approx 25 miles, Take right onto Forest Rd 16....

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The Best Waterfall Hikes Near Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is no slouch when it comes to beautiful waterfalls in the Sierra.  Up and down the Sierra and throughout the Sierra National Parks there are some amazing waterfall features.  These short Day hike experiences near Lake Tahoe will not disappoint when looking for a great waterfall visit. Alpine Falls – Fallen Leaf Lake  Popular Hike on the backside of Fallen Leaf Lake. Beautiful Cascade of water and easy access to get you up close and personal. Eagle Falls – Emerald Bay Located just off Hwy 89. Parking can sometimes be tough, but a beautiful waterfall that can...

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Chickadee Ridge – Lake Tahoe Adventure

Discover Chickadee Ridge – A Lake Tahoe Adventure https://spark.adobe.com/page-embed.js Chickadee Ridge 39.2923910, -119.9177925 FollowFollowFollow WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Announces Donations to CA Fire Relief by Sierra REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher | December 4, 2018 | Lake Tahoe, News and Events, Squaw Valley | 0 Comments Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Donating $10 From Every Ticket Sold Through End Of Year to California’s Camp Fire Relief Efforts. Sierra Rec Magazine - Press Release - Olympic Valley, Calif. Dec. 4, 2018 - Snow is falling, lifts are turning and the vibes at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows are high. Today, the WinterWonderGrass Music...

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