Desolation Wilderness Area Climber's Log

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Larry Laverty - Dec 31, 2021 2:15 pm

Desolation  Sucess!

So accessible to those of us on the West Coast, so aptly named. From peak visits to backpacking trips, I've found this neck of the Sierras is downright unique.


Marmaduke - Aug 26, 2012 11:55 pm

A few peaks to go  Sucess!

A great area with many options all so close to each other. Have hiked Price, Agassiz, Pyramid, Ralston, Cracked Crag and Maggies. Just a few more to go.

bfalck1 - Nov 25, 2011 3:48 am Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011

From Lyons Creek Trailhead

Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2011. Our group of four planned to climb Pyramid Peak. We started at the Lyons Creek trail head. Wrights Road, which leads to the trail head from Highway 50 is paved but has grades which require an all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicle when snow is on the road. The trail head has level and ample room to park at. The first half mile of the trail is fairly level and the rest of the trail leading to Sylvia Lake has a consistent grade from 6700 ft. to 8060 ft. We hiked when the trail had 12 to 18 inches of snow. The trail was barely visible most of the time. Look for the ends of cut trees that have been cleared as trail markers. Due to getting off course several times, it took us five hours to reach just below Sylvia Lake; carrying 30 lb. packs, 4.7 miles. The temperature was between the upper 20s to low 30s, very light wind and clear sky. Since the going was slow the first day, we decided not to try for the summit the second day and returned to the trail head in 2.5 hours.


bedellympian - Oct 11, 2011 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2010

Many Hikes  Sucess!

I have hiked into Desolation from the East and the South. Last time I particularly enjoyed swimming in Dick's Lake.


SKI - Apr 5, 2011 8:37 am

Finest Section of Tahoe  Sucess!

Have done a trans-desolation backpack via Tahoe Rim.
Numerous dayhikes from Horsetail to Rockhound to Aloha Lake(s).
Looking to do more BC tours!

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