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Lillies on Crag Lake, Desolation Trail in the Desolation Wilderness
Water lilies on Crag Lake

 

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Interesting sights on the South Side of Crag Lake, Desolation Wilderness

South Shore of Crag Lake

Hidden Lake Trail Junction
5.35 miles South of Meeks Bay Trailhead

From a distance it appeared the South side of Crag Lake had a rumpled green cover over part of the lake. Hiking past showed the green to be a layer of Water Lilies. Very pretty. Very relaxing. A gentle upgrade brings us across soft trails through this chain of lakes.

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Lilly Pad on Crag Lake?, Desolatio wilderness Yes, Lilly pads on Crag Lake, Desolation Wilderness
Above: lilies on Crag Lake? Above: Yes, Water Lilies on Crag Lake
Yes, Lillies on Crag Lake
Above and Below: There's something hypnotic about Lilies, and Desolation Wilderness is full of entrancing Surprises.
The Lilly Pad patch
Every step brings another relaxing scene in the Desolation Wilderness

A fine Series of Terrains
In a very brief time and short distance from the Meeks Bay Trailhead we have passed through a series of divergent terrains since departing the Meeks Bay Trail Head.

Along a dry sandy meadow-side trail to the ridge, through dry forest into a little temperate zone, and now into this narrow valley containing a chain of lakes.

The series of sights, sounds, smells and feelings along these first miles on the trail are a fine sensory transition from "civilized" to natural environment.

Desolation Wilderness

Meeks Bay to Crag Lake to Phipps Pass

Crag Lake
Elevation
7440 feet

+1201
above Meeks Bay trail head

Meeks Bay to Dicks Pass
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Mileage

4.77 miles from Meeks Bay trail head

4.11 miles to Phipps Pass
climbing
1360 feet

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North: Crag Lake                                                                           South: South Shore Stony Ridge Lake

Desolation Wilderness
Lake Genevieve to Phipps Pass

From Meeks Bay trail head to Phipps Pass we will be climbing a total of 2561 feet of vertical elevation over 8.88 miles of distance.
Note that only 400 feet of this elevation rise occurs hiking the 2.23 miles from Lake Genevieve to the South side of Stony Ridge Lake.

Crag Lake is the second in the series of lakes along the TYT to Phipps Pass.

As the area between Lake Genevieve to Stony Ridge Lake represents the last relatively flat places before we begin climbing towards Phipps Pass at the South end of Stony Ridge Lake, we may want to stop at this scenic location for a snack or a bit of lunch, depending on our plans.

Crag Lake is 4.77 miles South from Meeks Bay
&
it is 4.11 miles further South to Phipps Pass.

Topo Hiking Map: Meeks to Dicks Pass     Topo Hiking Map: Genevieve to Phipps Pass

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Stony Ridge Lake

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