ATTENTION : All Destination Zones on the Pacific Ranger District (west of the crest of Ralston, Jacks, Dicks and Phipps Peaks) are closed until further notice due to the King Fire. This includes popular destinations of Lake Aloha, Lake of the Woods, Twin Lakes and Grouse Lake. A Forest Order (#03-14-108) has been issued closing the Pacific and Georgetown Ranger Districts of the Eldorado NF to public use for duration of the King Fire to ensure public safety. Loon Lake, Tells Creek, Rockbound, Twin Lakes, and Lyons Creek Trailheads are closed to public access. For more information: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4108
The Lake Tahoe Basin has issued an advisory against travel in the Desolation Wilderness due to the uncertain path of the King Fire.
With numerous alpine lakes, scenic waterfalls and towering granite peaks, Desolation Wilderness is a perfect location for a summer trip. Whether you want an arduous climb or a relaxing walk, you'll find what you're looking for here. While summertime draws the most visitors, during the winter, the area becomes a popular playground for experienced backcountry skiers and snowshoers.
Know Before You Go
Contact InformationEldorado National Forest
Pacific Ranger District
7887 Highway 50
Pollock Pines, CA 95726-9602
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
35 College Drive
S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150