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Miles and Elevations through Desolation Wilderness on the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails

 

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MILES
NORTH

TYT Trailhead

Meeks
Bay
to
Echo
Summit

MILES
SOUTH

TYT-PCT

Echo
Summit
to
Carson
Pass

MILES
INDEX

Desolation
Wilderness
Miles

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Miles & Elevations

Starting
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Meeks Bay to Echo Summit
across
Desolation Wilderness
30.71 miles

MILES and ELEVATIONS
SOUTH
ECHO SUMMIT to CARSON PASS

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Backpacking
Miles & Elevations
Desolation Wilderness

Topo Map
Meeks Bay to Dicks Pass

Meeks Bay to Phipps Pass
+2561 feet, 8.88 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
Start: Meeks Bay Trailhead 6239 0    
+80 1.2    
First Trail Junction 6319 1.2  
+401 1.05    
Wilderness Boundary 6720 2.25    
+240 .96    
Meeks Creek Bridge 6960 3.21    
+1161 1.18    
Lake Genevieve 7400 4.39    
+40 .38    
Crag Lake 7440 4.77    
+120 .58    
Hidden Lake Jnct 7560 5.35    
+240 .68    
North shore, Stony Ridge Lake 7800 6.03    
-- .59    
South shore, Stony Ridge Lake 7800 6.62    
+520 1.13    
Rubicon Lake 8320 7.75    
+80 .14    
Grouse Lake Jnct 8400 7.89    
+400 .82    
Grouse Jnct 2 8800 8.71    
0 .17    
Phipps Pass 8800 8.88    

Total elevation Gain
Meeks Bay to Phipps Pass
+2561 feet
over
8.88 miles

Backpacking
Phipps Pass
down to
Middle Velma Lake

Topo Map
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha

Phipps Pass to Middle Velma Lake
- 880 feet, 3.44 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
Phipps Pass 8800 8.88    
-720 2.62    
PCT Junction 8080 11.5  
-160 .82    
Middle Velma Lake  7920 12.32    
Total elevation Loss
Phipps Pass down to Middle Velma Lake
-880 feet
over
3.44 miles

Backpacking
Middle Velma Lake
up to
Dicks Pass

Desolation Wilderness

Topo Map
Phipps Pass to Susie Lake

Middle Velma Lake to Dicks Pass
+1430 feet, 4.51 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
Middle Velma Lake 7920 12.32    
+40 .10    
Velma Lakes Trail Jnct 7960 12.42  
--  .27    
Maggie Peak/Emrld Bay Jnct 7960 12.69    
+ 400 1.17    
Fontanillis Lake N. side 8360 13.86    
--  .67    
Fontanillis Al camp #2 8360 14.53    
+120 .65    
Maggie Peak/Emrld Bay Jnct #2 8480 15.18    
+910 1.65    
Dicks Pass 9390 16.83    
Total elevation Gain
Phipps Pass Middle Velma Lake up to Dicks Pass
+1430 feet
over
4.51 miles

Backpacking
Dicks Pass down to Susie Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Topo Map
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha

Dicks Pass down to Susie Lake
-1590, 2.93 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
Dicks Pass 9390 16.83    
-1090 1.33    
Gilmore Lake Jnct 8300 18.16  
-180 .59    
Half Moon/Glen Alpine Junction 8120 18.75    
 -240 .30    
Glen Alpine Junction 2 7880 19.05    
-80 .31    
E. side Susie Lake 7800 19.36    
-- .40    
W. side Susie Lake 7800 19.76    
Total elevation Loss
Dicks Pass down to Susie Lake
-1590 feet
over
2.93 miles

Backpacking
Susie Lake
to the
North Shore of Lake Aloha

Topo Map
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha

Susie Lake to North Shore of Lake Aloha
+320 feet, 1.4 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
West Shore Susie Lake 7800 19.76    
+120 .56    
West Shore Heather Lake 7920 20.32  
+200 .84    
North Lake Aloha/Rubicon Jnct 8120 21.16    
Total elevation Gain
Susie Lake to the North Shore of Lake Aloha
+320 feet
over
1.4 miles

Backpacking
North Shore
of
Lake Aloha to Echo Summit

End of the Desolation Wilderness

Topo Map
Aloha Lake
Map: Upper Echo Lake                    Map: Lower Echo Lake

Lake Aloha to Echo Summit Trailhead
- 706 feet, 9.55 miles

Location  Elevation Mileage
N. Lake Aloha/Rubicon Jnct 8120 21.16    
+40 1.42    
Lake of the Woods Jnct 8160 22.58  
-80 .59    

Lake Lucille/ Margery Jnct, (L)
and Lake of the Woods (R)

8080 23.17    
+240 .41    

Lake Lucille/ Margery Jnct,
#2
(L), and Lake of the Woods
#4
(R)

8320 23.58    
-80 .76    
Triangle/Lilly Lakes Jnct 8240 24.34    
-360 .68    
Tamarack Lake Jnct  7880 25.02    
-80 .46    
Triangle/Lilly 2nd Jnct  7800 25.48    
-280 .61    
Boat Taxi Dock 7520 26.09    
-106 2.62    
Echo Lake Trail Head 7414 28.71    
-37 2.00    
Echo Summit Trail Head 7377 30.71    
Total elevation loss
North Shore of Lake Aloha to Echo Summit
-706 feet
over

9.55 miles
Miles and Elevations
for the
Next
TYT & PCT Section
SOUTH

Echo Summit to Carson Pass
Miles and Elevations

 

Note
The Ups and Downs of the Desolation Trail, and every other High Sierra Trail...

This trail guide, like the High Sierras, divides itself into ups and downs. Our miles are generally done either going up to the top of the mountain, or we are coming down from the mountaintop into the valley that separates us from the next mountain.
This means that the mileages and elevations between the peaks and the valleys is very important in determining how many miles we can reasonably expect to cover on any particular day. This information will be instrumental in planning where you are going to camp each night, and ultimately this information will determine how many days, and the types of days it will take us to cover a given distance. This establishes our food load.

Between Meeks Bay and Echo Summit in the Desolation Wilderness along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail there are 32 miles and two major passes, Phipps Pass and Dicks Pass, measuring at 8800 and 9390 of feet of elevation, respectively. Once we cross Dicks Pass it is almost all down-mountain to the the South end of Desolation Wilderness at Lower Echo Lake and our first resupply at Echo Chalet.

Remember this important rule: Every descending route holds many mini-ascents, and every ascent has many mini-descents within its length. Our mileage will very rarely just go up, or just go down. We are going endlessly up and down.

It's a rock, river, and forest roller-coaster.

 

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