Current Weather Conditions
End of the Desolation Wilderness
|N. Lake Aloha/Rubicon Jnct||8120||21.16|
|Lake of the Woods Jnct||8160||22.58|
Lake Lucille/ Margery Jnct, (L)
Lake Lucille/ Margery Jnct,
|Triangle/Lilly Lakes Jnct||8240||24.34|
|Tamarack Lake Jnct||7880||25.02|
|Triangle/Lilly 2nd Jnct||7800||25.48|
|Boat Taxi Dock||7520||26.09|
|Echo Lake Trail Head||7414||28.71|
|Echo Summit Trail Head||7377||30.71|
|Total elevation loss
North Shore of Lake Aloha to Echo Summit
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.
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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