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Dicks Lake Lake Aloha
Dicks, and Fontanillis Lakes from Dicks Pass

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Lake Aloha
to Echo Lake Trailhead

Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite, Tahoe Rim, and Pacific Crest Trails through Desolation Wilderness

30 minute USGS Topo Backpacking Map of Desolation Wilderness

Aloha Lake under Pyramid Peak from Dicks Pass
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Meeks Bay
Echo Summit
30 min topo Map

Meeks Bay
Velma Lake
7.5 min topo Map

Echo Summit
Carson Pass

30 min topo map

Echo Lake trail head
Round Top Lake

Meiss Country Roadless Area

Detailed 7.5 maps NORTH
North Desolation Wilderness
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha

Desolation Wilderness
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Velma Lake

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Backpacking Phipps Pass to Echo Summit
Meiss Country Roadless Area


30 minute Topo Map

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This map has been superceeded-duplicated by the Phipps Pass to Echo Summit 30 minute Hiking Map

30 min map North: North Desolation Wilderness                  Mileage and Elevations                    30 min map South: Echo Summit trailhead to Round Top Lake

South Desolation Wilderness Topo hiking map.

30 min map North: North Desolation Wilderness                                      30 min map South : Echo Summit trailhead to Round Top Lake

Middle Velma is Where the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail out of Meeks Bay joins the Southbound Pacific Crest Trail.

Dicks Pass through Echo Lake Trailhead

Main Features
We have been rolling downhill since climbing over Dicks Pass. The little bump between Susie Lake and Aloha Lake was inconsequential, and now it's down mountain from the North side of Lake Aloha to the Echo Lake trail head.

After passing South of Lake Aloha we again reenter forest cover, which brings much softer trail and more shade than the exposed hard rock surfaces around Lake Aloha.

The feet are happy with the reduction in impact stress rolling down the mountain.

As we continue South beautiful views of the Echo Lakes stretch out in front of us. During the Summer we have the option of taking a boat taxi ride from the North end of Upper Echo Lake, if you are too lazy to enjoy the hike around Echo Lakes to the Echo Lake Trailhead.

Those squares breaking the USGS maps up into grids are the Universal Transverse Mercator / Military Grid Reference System, otherwise commonly known as UTM.

What's important for our general reference purpose is that each side of a square is 1000 meters, or a Kilometer.

From my point of view that is 1093 yards or .62 of a mile.

Diagonal: 1414.22 meters, if my trig is correct.

That converts into 4,639.8 feet or .88 of a mile.

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Desolation Wilderness Mileage and Mapping Information


N side of Aloha Lake to Echo Lake trail head: 7.55 miles


Echo Lake Trailhead Sign Mileages

Dicks Pass: 13 My count: 10.55


Meeks Bay to Echo Summit

Meeks Bay trail head to Lake Genevieve
4.39 miles

Lake Genevieve to Middle Velma Lake
7.93 miles

Middle Velma to N. side, Aloha Lake
8.84 miles

Aloha Lake to Echo Lake trail head
7.55 miles



Meeks Bay trail head to Echo Lake trail head 28.71 miles

Meeks Bay trail head to Echo Summit trail head 30.71 miles


miles and elevations


Tahoe to Alpine Trail Guide

Meeks Bay

Mapping information

USGS Placerville Calif, 1976,
30x60 minute Topographic

Compass Offset
Magnetic North is
18 degrees, 34' East of True North

1:100 000

50 meters


Backpacking Permitting Authority

National Forest

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

LTBMU Contact Information

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Desolation Wilderness Permit Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit


Meeks Bay

Physical location

Meeks Bay on Road Map

Physical location

Desolation Wilderness West of Cascade and Fallen Leaf Lakes.

Between Highway 89 and Highway 50 in the Desolation Wilderness

Heading South towards Highway 50. East of Twin Bridges, West of Fallen Leaf Lake.


last 30 min map: Middle Velma Lake to Aloha Lake                                      next 30 min map: Echo Lake trail head to Echo Summit trail head

Elevations   More Information

Lake Aloha
8120 feet

Echo Lake
7414 feet

elevation change
- 706 feet


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Meeks Bay to The Carson Gap

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Meeks Bay Trailhead

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Map Credit

U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior


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