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Location: 38.86968, -120.16013 View Map  Incorrect?
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If you have never been to Desolation Wilderness, it should definitely be on your list of places to go. High alpine lakes and seemingly endless peaks abound in this extremely popular wilderness area. Desolation is one of the most trafficked wilderness areas in the U.S, however, the traffic is rarely for climbers.

Getting There 

Desolation Wilderness has many points of ingress. Most Notable Trailheads:

Lyons Creek Trailhead (Wrights Lake Road)
Rocky Canyon Trailhead (HWY 50)
Horestail Falls 3rd class (HWY 50)
Echo Lakes Trailhead (HWY 50)
Eagle Lake Trailhead (HWY 89)

Climbing Season

For the West Shore area.

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Desolation Wilderness
Rock Climbing Photo: The 4th class step gains the ridge right past the ...

Crystal Range Traverse 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Desolation Wilderness
The Crystal Range Traverse travels on mainly 3rd class terrain for 2 miles running from Pyramid Peak to Mt Price. The true Crystal Range spans from Pyramid Peak (9985') at the south, all the way to Tells Peak to the north. When I did the route we went south to north. I have read trip reports of people going north to south. But, going S>N allows you to climb up the 4th class step as opposed to down climbing it. The route I chose started at Lyons Creek trailhead off of Wrights Lake Road. Yo...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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