This map covers the whole area of Desolation Wilderness, including its Western Approaches, and not just the central zone of Desolation Wilderness through with the TYT, PCT, and TRT pass.
Scroll over the Right side of the map above to find that the North, Central, and Southern portions of the map above are linked to the detailed maps for each of those areas, just as the bottom-Right of the map is linked to the detailed map of Meiss Country Roadless Area South of Highway 50.
Those subordinate detailed maps are marked up with our main TYT-PCT routes.
I decided to leave this map "plain," not marked up with the main trail routes so that we could get a better idea of the terrain and contours without distraction.
The rest of the 30 and 7.5 minute maps are marked up with specific trail route and location links.
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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