Aspects of the trail leading to the peak were steep, but nothing too technical. The Echo Lake Chalet runs a Post Office, so Pacific Crest Trailers can send a well-timed resupply to themselves during the Summer. comments and notes, Resupply information I know the direct benefits of recreating on public land and encourage others to embrace it as well. Meeks Bay to Echo Summit Knowing this, we kept our wits about us and arrived at Eagle Lake safely. We performed gear checks and shuttled our cars between the exit and entry points. And I encourage people to develop their own process of discovery when embarking on their outdoor adventure (adhering to the Leave No Trace Seven Principles). This backpacking trip was going taking us on a modified route from Echo Lakes to Emerald Bay. Tomorrow’s plan is to leave our gear at Lake Aloha and then hike to Pyramid Peak. ), I never went back to Desolation until 2009. 28.71 miles South from the Meeks Bay Trailhead. Contact the Echo Lakes Chalet for more information: (530) 659-7207. It’s no wonder, really, there are piles of snow melting directly into it! The most popular entry point for Lake Aloha is Echo Lake. Trail distances are constantly changing as the trails are being regularly rerouted. That's an excellent trend. No matter. Thousands of backpackers travel along the Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail through Desolation Wilderness every year. You'll find complete information about planning a trip into the Desolation Wilderness on the Desolation Wilderness Permit Information page. At which point we reached our first campsite on the southern side of Lake Aloha. When working in groups, this isn’t always possible, so learning to adapt is what I contemplated during today’s hike. We took a short break on hill 9,686 and then proceeded to traverse the ridgeline leading to Pyramid Peak. 90% were wearing brand new backpacking clothes, and had the latest gear, all virtually unused. I miss it. The trail leading up to the summit was difficult because the majority of it took us over busted rock. The Echo Lake Chalet is an important resupply point for Northbound backpackers on the Pacific Crest Trail, though it is not as important for Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite hikers. A Forest Ranger stopped by after dinner. I knew I wouldn’t fall, but I still didn’t feel confident enough in my skills to do the ascent unaided. On our way down from Pyramid Peak there was a massive swath of snow that enabled us to glissade down. Other urbanites use wilderness backpacking as a lifeline from nature to protect their sanity from the degradations of the Urban Consumer Life they are stuck within. I also tend to push hard early on, and then taper off as the day or event progresses. Visit the forest service website for more information about acquiring permits. Your Online Resource for Hiking, Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe. You'll need to self-issue a permit for day-use in Desolation Wilderness at the trailhead. By preventing and restricting people from going into the backcountry, you discourage potential taxpayers and philanthropists from actually funding the programs, agencies, and dedicated stewards who are so vital to the preservation of public lands. Then he combined both in Ziplocs. The majority of Desolation’s roughly 80 named lakes are within a day hike from any trailhead, with ample vistas of sharp granite peaks, lush meadows, and old growth forest in abundance. So, he bought dehydrated black bean soup and red beans and rice soup. I knew I wanted to cover ground I hadn't seen before, so after studying my trusty map and reading some online trip reports, I decided I'd pitch my tent by Lake Aloha for both nights. Today’s hike was more strenuous than yesterday’s and my sleeping accommodations are better. Segment is marked by our arrival at Echo Lakes to Emerald Bay enough to spread the. 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