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Backpack to Twin Lakes

We went after Labor Day in order to avoid crowds. This is not a great place to have an isolated... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Mike L
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West Linn
A place to lose yourself

While in Tahoe on business, I was able to get out for an afternoon and took to the trails around... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2015
onethousandanswers
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Virginia
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A great place for hiking, located near San Francisco.
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Sep 22, 2017
“Backpack to Twin Lakes”
Sep 8, 2015
“A place to lose yourself”
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

We went after Labor Day in order to avoid crowds. This is not a great place to have an isolated wilderness experience. It's a small wilderness near large population centers, but it has a lot of beauty and some feel of the much higher Sierras...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2015

While in Tahoe on business, I was able to get out for an afternoon and took to the trails around Desolation Wilderness. For little effort/distance you can find some impressive views and lakes. Back country camping looks like it would be awesome (I envied all...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Signed up for a meet-up hike to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. The hike up was less than 4 miles with an elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet ( you start high). Easy marked dirt trail then on the granite there were stones lined...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2014

Reservations need to be made in advance but this area is absolutely gorgeous! You can take a boat taxi across Echo Lake to Tamarack Lake is only 1 mile (though mostly uphill). From there, we set up camp and did day hikes to the other...More

1  Thank Jennifer L
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

A wonderful backpacking destination, I visited on labor day weekend (which generally means lots of crowds), this was not so. We camped at a location (wilderness permit required), and there was only one other camping group there (on the other side of the lake). The...More

1  Thank Jeff B
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Desolation Wilderness is by far the best backpacking area I've every been to. I've been there about half a dozen times and it never fails to astonish me. Desolation wilderness boasts dozens of hikes from gentle hikes to strenuous ones over 10 miles. There are...More

2  Thank Nameer H
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

We went to Lake Tahoe to ski, but because of the lack of snow decided to go for a hike. We hiked the Eagle Falls trial to Velma Lakes and had a great time. The hike was pretty strenuous with about 2000 feet of elevation...More

Thank Matt K
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tatin
17 June 2016|
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Did you ever find any cabins?
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Tammy K
6 June 2016|
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For day hiking you just get a permit at or near the trailhead.
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