Or better yet click here for the Desolation Wilderness information provided by the El Dorado National Forest: recorded message: (530) 644-6048; National Forest Recreation Reservations: 1-877-444-6777; Tahoe Rim Trail information: (775) 298-0012
Desolation Wilderness is 12-1/2 miles long and 8 miles wide, and is accessed by 15 trailheads. The relatively small 63,960 acre Desolation Wilderness contains many small streams with about 150 alpine and sub-alpine lakes. Elevations within the wilderness range from about 7,000 to over 10,000 feet. Because of it's close proximity to Lake Tahoe the Desolation Wilderness receives heavy use from June through September.
Wrights, Echo, Fallen Leaf and Eagle Falls trailheads receive particularly high use. The northwest portions of the wilderness receive less use. Visitor permits are required year round for both overnight and day hikes.
Because of its beauty and accessibility, Desolation Wilderness is one of the most heavily-used wilderness areas in the U.S. To preserve its natural beauty, use is restricted to hikers, horses, llamas and the like. There are no buildings or roads in Desolation Wilderness. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted. Although no wood fires are allowed, camp stoves are permissible.
Permits and Quotas: You must have a permit for either day-use or overnight. There are fees for overnight camping year-round. From Friday before Memorial Day to Septmeber 30 a quota for overnight users entering each day is in effect. Day-use is not limited at any time of the year. Under the quota, each zone has its own allowance of overnight visitors who may enter each day. When a zone quota is filled, no more entries will be allowed on that day.
It is wise to call ahead. When you call to make a reservation, please have a second choice in mind for your trailhead entry point. Your permit is good at only for the zone you reserve, only on the date of entry, and only for the number of people specified.
Group size limit is always 12, and smaller groups are recommended for some heavily-used trails. Each stay is limited to 14 consecutive days. A group staying together needs only one permit. From October 1 to the Thursday before Memorial Day, there is no limit to the number of overnight users.
More links to hiking info: www.llbean.com/parksearch/parks/html/2400gd.htm. Summer hiking and camping activities are provided by most of the snow sports areas in and around El Dorado County!
- Alpine Meadows
- Boreal Mountain Resort
- Diamond Peak
- Donner Ski Ranch
- Heavenly Ski Resort
- Homewood Mountain Resort
- Kirkwood Mountain Resort
- Mt. Rose - Ski Tahoe
- Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort
- Sierra at Tahoe
- Soda Springs
- Squaw Valley USA
- Sugar Bowl
- Tahoe Donner - Tahoe Donner Trail Map
Tahoe Rim Trail
Come hike, bike, and horseback ride on the spectacular Tahoe Rim Trail as it follows the ridges and mountain tops that circle Lake Tahoe. Winding for 150 miles through national forest, wilderness, and state park lands, the trail crosses thick conifer forests and wildflower-filled meadows, meanders alongside aspen-bordered creeks, and skirts the shores of crystalline lakes. Along the route, dense woods part to reveal tantalizing glimpses of sparkling water framed between the branches of ancient firs. Limitless vistas sweep around the horizon from atop high granite peaks. The TRT was built to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, and to showcase breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, California's High Sierra, and the Great Basin of western Nevada.
D.L. Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay State Park Links:
Dave Moore Nature Area
The site is located approximately two miles west of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at Coloma on Highway 49 in El Dorado County, California, along the scenic and popular South Fork American River. One of the main features of the Dave Moore Nature Area is a loop trail about a mile long which goes from the parking lot trail head to the South Fork American River and back again passing through several habitat types. Nestled in the heart of Gold Rush Country, the trail is lined with remnants from nearly 150 years ago when Chinese laborers channeled creek water by hand with pick and shovel for gold mining. Tailing piles from the Gold Rush period blanket the area which lend to the characteristic landscape that makes this area so unique. About half of the trail is constructed to be fully accessible to people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
Directions: From Eastbound Highway 50 -Take the Ponderosa Road exit and go over the freeway bridge to the stop sign. Turn right on North Shingles Road and proceed for three miles. Turn left at the "Y" onto Lotus Road and continue for five miles heading north. Turn left at Highway 49 and cross the bridge at the river. Continue for about one mile along Hwy 49. The entrance is on the left at the cobblestone wall. From Eastbound Interstate 80 - Take the Highway 49 exit heading south at the town of Auburn. Continue along Hwy 49 through the towns of Cool and Pilot Hill, approximately a 14 mile drive. The entrance will be three miles south of Pilot Hill on the right at the cobblestone wall.
One of the main features of the Dave Moore Nature Area is a loop trail about a mile long which goes from the parking lot trail head to the South Fork American River and back again passing through several habitat types. Nestled in the heart of Gold Rush Country, the trail is lined with remnants from nearly 150 years ago when Chinese laborers channeled creek water by hand with pick and shovel for gold mining. Tailing piles from the Gold Rush period blanket the area which lend to the characteristic landscape that makes this area so unique. About half of the trail is constructed to be fully accessible to people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
The Dave Moore Nature Area, although on Federal land, is a cooperative project, involving a large support base of volunteers, local state government agencies and other private citizens. In 1993 a monument and plaque was constructed in dedication to our friend and colleague Dave Moore who was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis at age 35 and retired from the BLM in 1987. He is our inspiration. The dedication and grand opening of the Nature Area took place on National Trails Day June 4, 1994.
North Star Tree Farm6000 Shoofly Rd.
Kelsey, CA 95667
Phone: (530) 622-3633
Features walking trails, tractor-drawn hayrides and picnic areas. Open daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 24. Plan to spend as much time as you wish exploring our 90 acres of forest, ponds, meadows and orchard. Admire the magnificent views of the snow-capped Sierras. Bring a picnic lunch and use the many picnic tables scattered about. We suggest you bring your walking shoes for the several trails which wind through the farm and your camera to enhance your memories of the day you will want to remember. A tractor-drawn hayride can take you on an enchanting tour of part of the farm.
Rubicon Outdoorswww.rubiconoutdoors.com P.O. Box 3986, Prescott, AZ 86302.
Rubicon Outdoors provides adventure programs for youths, adults, families, and groups specializing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as well as other areas throughout the world. Their professional guides lead backpacking and rock climbing trips. Phone: (800) 903-6987.
Kids, Inc.3245 North Canyon Rd., Camino.
Apples, pears, plums, pumpkins, gift shop, pie shop. Grassy area for picnics, nature trail, farm animals. Sept 13 every day thru Nov. 26. Phone: (530) 622-0084.
Day Hikes, Cross-Country Tours
Sierra Club, Maidu Chapter: (916) 644-6558 or (916) 644-5339